The spotlight is definitely on the new, round, clean as a whistle user interface, and in case anyone had doubts concerning the announcement’s venue, Berlin now feels like a guarantee.
Samsung essentially validated the second-class citizen status of its wearable devices last week, when the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5 smartphones got “Unpacked” and the Gear S2 smartwatch was merely previewed.
But in a way, it sounds wiser to separate the two product categories, even though it gives birth to discrimination discussions. After all, if Sammy had fully detailed the “Orbis” alongside its higher-profile distant “cousins”, many tech enthusiasts would have probably missed the timepiece altogether.
Meanwhile, early next month, at the IFA fair in the capital of Germany, the Gear S2 will likely oppose Sony’s Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact, as well as a handful of familiar Asus gadgets, for a slice of public attention.
Compared to, say, the ZenWatch 2, this clearly looks big, what with its “perfectly round” construction, rotating bezel, metallic frame, advanced health-tracking functions, heart rate monitoring and boatload of pre-installed apps that users may actually benefit from.
The minimalistically designed yet stylish Gear S2 is showcased in the short video embedded above with different watch faces, and an easy to grasp menu consisting of messaging, calling, weather, S Health, S Voice, Nike+ Running and Calendar applications, among others.
Granted, this upcoming gizmo and the already trendy Apple Watch share a number of similarities from a functionality standpoint. But we expect Samsung to hit a much lower price point, which may go a long way with cash-strapped early adopters of the fledgling wearable technology.
It’s possible the Gear S2 will stand out in the battery life department also, thanks to Tizen software, and credible rumors call for top-tier hardware, including a quad-core Exynos processor and 768MB RAM. Not to forget the predictably sharp Super AMOLED display.