Samsung comes 'full circle' with new Gear 2 smartwatch

SAMSUNG says it has come 'full circle' with its new Gear S2 smatwatch.

The new wearable actually looks like - a watch.

"The Samsung Gear S2 comes in a versatile, circular design with an intuitive, custom UX and advanced features that enable users to enhance, personalise and bring more fun to their mobile experience,'' the electronics giant said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The Gear S2's unique rotating bezel, along with the Home and Back buttons, ensures users will have a quicker, more precise method to comfortably access notifications and applications.

Introduced in two different options - the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic - Samsung designed the Gear S2 to appeal to two distinct consumer preferences.

The Gear S2 is ideal for those who are on-the-go and have an admiration for minimal and modern design.

"For the past several years, Samsung has pioneered and advanced the wearables category, bringing brave new concepts to the smart wearables market," said JK Shin, CEO and Head of Samsung's IT & Mobile Business.

"The Samsung Gear S2 reflects Samsung's most progressive innovation.

"It is the perfect complement for any occasion, easily taking you from day to night, from work to workout-and ensuring that you get more out of every moment in your day, by making it smarter and ultimately more personal and fun."

A mere 11.4-millimeter thin, the Samsung Gear S2 has a 1.2-inch circular screen and 360 x 360 resolution (302 ppi).

The smartwatch has the latest Tizen OS and an optimized 1-GHz dual core processor.

Users can stay connected with at-a-glance notifications to check calendars, e-mails, news and can even send important texts directly from their wrist.

Users can choose the Gear S2 with 3G connectivity which incorporates the first-ever e-SIM with voice capability, to perform quick functions without being closely tethered to their phone.

New fitness functions on the Samsung Gear S2 will encourage consumers to stay healthy and active, Samsung says.

The 24-hour activity log lets users view daily activity progress and patterns at a glance. It will also send reminder updates to motivate users to stay on track with their fitness goals.

Samsung Electronics Australia said it was "very excited to confirm that the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch will arrive in Australia soon".

"The Gear S2 demonstrates Samsung's commitment to being a pioneer in wearable device innovation and advancing our smartwatch category,'' a spokersperson said.

"In 2013 we launched our first smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear and since then, we have seen Australians embrace wearable technology.

"The Gear S2 will provide our customers with a truly amazing smartwatch experience.

"We look forward to providing more details regarding local pricing and availability closer to the Australian launch."



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