Samsung Gear S2

Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 VS Apple Watch

Everybody who loves smartwatches interested in taking a look at the newest introduction of Samsung i.e. Gear S2. However they have to wait a little more time to physically see and experience it, as Samsung has planned to launch this product by October 2015.  It will be unveiled together with Gear S2 classic and Gear S2 3G. If you are a fan of round-faced watches, this new design will be your perfect match. However, let’s have a look at all the details and analyze how the features of Samsung Gear S2 compete with Apple watch.


Design and display

The all new Samsung Gear S2 provides a 1.2-inch circular AMOLED display (320×320, 302ppi). On the other hand, The Apple Watch comes with two display sizes respectively; 1.34” 272×340 and 1.54” 312×390 AMOLED display.

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As mentioned earlier, the Gear S2 comes in a circular shaped face and the Apple Watch has a sporty rectangular shaped face. Samsung Gear S2 comes to you in 03 models. Interestingly Apple Watch too comes in three models to select offering the freedom of selection to the clients.

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Processor and OS

The Gear S2 is powered with a 1.0GHz dual-core processor. It runs on Samsung’s Tizen-based platform specially designed for Samsung wearables. The Apple Watch on the other hand, powered with its own S1 processor and runs on Apple’s Watch OS. Both smartwatches run smoothly tough.

User interface

Both of these devices have touchscreens. However, there are ways of interacting with the smartwatches’ faces. The Gear S2 has a rotator bezel which makes it possible for you to navigate the device options, view the notifications and open the apps.

The Apple Watch has something similar which functions as the rotator bezel called Digital Crown. To mention a difference, Apple Watch comes with Force Touch technology which enables users to send a secret message, like a heartbeat, to somebody else with an Apple Watch.

Battery

A 250mAh battery is included to power the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic. Upon a single full charge, the battery lasts 3 days. Gear S2 3G is powered with a 300mAh battery which probably lasts almost the same time.

When it comes to Apple Watch, the battery will last up to 18 hours with mixed usage. That is equate to 90 approximate notifications, roughly 90 time checks, about 45 minutes of app use and a 30-minute workout session associated with music streaming through Bluetooth. Apple Watch’s battery is replaceable and it takes roughly 90 minutes to charge 80% of the battery. If you expect to charge the battery from zero to 100, you should charge it for 2.5 hrs

Once again, it seems that the Apple Watch is losing the battery life contest.

Storage and other internal components

In Gear S2, there is 4GB of onboard storage, 512MB of RAM, NFC, heart rate monitor, Wi-Fi (b/g/n), GPS, accelerometer, gyro, barometer and heart rate sensors in the Gear S2 features. The 3G version has a special feature called “the first-ever e-SIM with voice capability.”

On the other hand, the Apple Watch does provide 8GB internal memory, heart rate sensor, accelerometer, ambient light and gyroscope, Wi‑Fi (802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and GPS.

Price and Release date

The Gear S2 is to be released in October 2015  at a price starting from $349 while the Apple Watch in available in store at a price starting from $460

Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 Full Specs

Samsung has released their latest smartwatch, the Samsung Galaxy Gear S2. You can find bellow the technical specifications.

 Gear S2Gear S2 ClassicGear S2 3G
TYPESmartwatchSmartwatchSmartwatch
MANUFACTURERSamsungSamsungSamsung
DIMENSIONS42.3 x 49.8 x 11.4 mm39.9 x 43.6 x 11.4 mm44.0 x 51.8 x 13.4 mm
WEIGHT47g42g51g
BATTERY SIZE250mAh250mAh300mAh
SCREEN SIZE1.2 inches1.2 inches1.2 inches
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY360x360px360x360px360x360px
RAM512MB512MB512MB
INTERNAL STORAGE4GB4GB4GB
CHIPSETExynos 3250Exynos 3250MSM8x26
NUMBER OF CORES222
MAX. CLOCK SPEED1.0 GHz1.0 GHz1.0 GHz
CONNECTIVITYBT4.1, WiFi, NFCBT4.1, WiFi, NFCBT4.1, WiFi, NFC
SENSORAcc, Gyro, HRM, Barometer,
Ambient light
Acc, Gyro, HRM, Barometer,
Ambient light
Acc, Gyro, HRM, Barometer,
Ambient light, GPS (3G only)
WATER RESISTANTIP68IP68IP68
OSTizenTizenTizen

Galaxy Gear S2: Price and Launch date revealed

We already knew everything about the latest Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 but the price and release date. Now Samsung just revealed for the Gear S2 and S2 Classic.

The basic version will be sold at 379€ in Germany and $349  in the United States starting October. Regarding the Gear S2 Classic, it has been announced at 449€ in Germany but so far we don’t yet the price in the other markets. The Gear S2 Classic should also hit the store next month.

Finally, we still don’t know the price nor the release date of the Gear S2 3G.

Samsung Gear S2 : list of compatible smartphones

Samsung has just released info about their latest Samsung Gear S2 price and release date. As you know, in the past, Samsung Tizen based product have mostly been compatible with Samsung smartphone. For the Gear S2, Samsung has announced that their next smartwatch will be compatible with a bunch of smartphone running Android 4.4+ and at least 1.5go RAM.

Here the first list of compatible smartphones:

  • HTC
    • One (EU)
    • One M8 (US)
    • One M9 (EU US)
    • 826W (CN)
  • Huawei
    • Honor 4X (CN)
    • Honor 6 (EU)
    • P8 (EU CN)
    • Ascend Mate 7 (EU CN)
  • Lenovo
    • Vide Shot (CN)
    • x2 Pro (CN)
  • LG
    • G Flex (US)
    • Optimus G (KR)
    • Optimus G2 (EU US)
    • Optimus G3 (EU US KR)
    • G4 (EU US KR)
    • G Vista (US)
    • Nexus 5 (EU KR CN)
  • Motorola
    • DROID Turbo (US)
    • DROID MAXX (EU)
    • DROID MINI (EU)
    • Moto X (EU KR)
    • Nexus 6 (US CN)
  • Nubia
    • Nubia Z9 (CN)
  • Oppo
    • R7 (CN)
  • Pantech
    • Aquos (EU)
  • Sony
    • Xperia Z2 (EU)
    • Xperia Z3 (EU)
  • Vivo
    • X5 Pro (CN)
  • Xiaomi
    • Mi 3 (EU)
    • Mi 4 (EU KR CN)
    • Note Pro (CN)
  • ZTE
    • V5 (CN)
  • Kyocera
    • Duraforce (US)
  • ASUS
    • Zenfone 2 (EU)

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 – What do we know so far ?

The next Samsung smartwatch, Galaxy Gear 2 has officially been announced and the company has leaked few images of this circular smartwatch to the internet. They announced the release of this smartwatch in April 2015, along with the announcement of their latest Software Development Kit. This announcement came along with images of round app icons and round watch faces, which impressed the smartwatch users in every corner of the world.

The design of Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 is confirmed

The most prominent feature that you can find in Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 is its circular design and it has already been confirmed by the manufacturer. The first image of this smartwatch was posted on the Instagram profile of a Samsung design executive. This image clearly shows how the smartwatch would be in real life. It comes along with a stainless steel design and the watch looks compact on the wrist. You can find two different physical buttons on the side of this smartwatch.

GearS2 rotatin bezel

At least three different versions of it will come

As per the latest rumors, Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 will come to the market in at least three different varieties. Those rumored have been confirmed and the Gear S2 will be available on in 3 models, Gear S2, Gear S2 Classic and Gear with 3G. The developers have been impressed with the variety of Apple phones and they have decided to make Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 cater the requirements of all the people who are looking to get hold of a smartwatch. The latest rumors say that this smartwatch will come in two different sizes and a separate luxury model. Moreover, it will come with a Nano SIM card slot. Some rumors say that Samsung will develop two different varieties of this smartwatch for men and women. However, we can hope for different prices, different materials and different sizes in this new circular smartwatch.

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Hardware Specifications

The designers of Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 have thought about adding physical controls to the touchscreen. Users can seek the assistance of these buttons for a variety of navigation actions including zooming, scrolling and adjusting the levels such as brightness and volume. This smartwatch will come along with a stunning super AMOLED display of 1.18 inch that has a screen resolution of 360*360 and a pixel count of 305 pixels per inch. You can expect the usual sensors that can be found in other Samsung wearables in this smartwatch, which include the heart rate monitor, gyroscope and accelerometer. The entire Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch will be powered by an  1GHz dual core processor. It will be paired with 512MB of RAM and a 450MHz GPU. The smartwatch will be powered by Tizen.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Release Date

People were expecting the release of Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 during the Mobile World Congress, which was held in Barcelona earlier this year. Unfortunately, the announcement did not arrive during the Congress. Therefore, we can expect the release of Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 during Samsung’s IFA conference, which is scheduled to be held on 3rd September.

A look at Samsung Gear S2 Tizen interface

Still a couple of days before the IFA and Samsung is still feeding us with some news about the upcoming Gear S2. Today we have look at the Tizen interface thanks to a short video.

We can see a leather band and the rotative bezel, which allows to do action without touching the screen.

The interface with icons looking like bubbles remind the Appe Watch and LG Watch Urbane LTE (the Urbane LTE runs a modified version of WebOS).

We can find a hearth rate monitor, a phone application, confirming the nano SIM port rumored recently, a weather app,agenda and sport applications. It seems that Samsung partnered with Nike as we can see a pre-installed app along Samsung own fitness apps. Watchfaces seems pretty diverse and we don’t see  a black strip at the bottom of the screen.

The smartwatch Gear S2 will be presented in a couple of days at IFA on september, 3rd. Short wait !

The smartwatch Samsung Gear S2 should sport un nano-SIM port

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ as well as its new smartwatch Gear S2 during the Unpacked 2015. We already had a glimpse at its design and user interface but no specs had leaked. Today we learned that the last Samsung smartwatch could sport a nano-SIM port.

The Italien blog HDBlog.it indicates that the Gear S2 could be autonomous thanks to namo-SIM and therefore will capable of making phone calls, sending text and use data.

GearS2 rotatin bezel

Also, it appears that the Samsung Gear G2 will cost around 300€. We will try to confirm those in no time. In any case, the IFA starts on September, 3rd so we will know everything about the watch soon enough.

Which smartwatch to buy in 2015 : Motorola 360 2, Tag Heuer Carrera, Samsung Gear S2 ?

I wouldn’t say I am a fan of smartwatch, i just owe a Samsung Smartband and recently a LG Urbane. But to honest, I’m following the market, and always open to buy a new smartwatch.  I have been quite impressed by the LG Urbane and Huawei smartwatch at Mobile World Congress this wear and I went for the LG as the Huawei was, and is not yet available.

This wearable market is becoming massive and all the manufacturers are going to show their new toys, so this is what you have or will have in stock in 2015 if you are looking to buy a smartwatch.

Samsung just announced the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 this week along with a teaser for their new rounded smartwatch. Techradar gives us some insight on what to expect from the new Samsung Gear S2. Here the most important features :

  1. Rotating Bezel
  2. We already knew it, but the Gear S2 won’t run Android Wear
  3. Hearth rate monitor
  4. The Gear S2 will also be focused on sport and Fitness
  5. Intuitive interface
  6. S voice feature

We will know more in September 3rd at the IFA in Berlin

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Motorola Moto 360 2

The Motorola 360 is quite a good smartwatch, being the clear leader in total Smartwatch sale in 2014 according to a study written by Canalys . Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo Chairman is going to surf on this success by launching a successor to the original Moto 360. The first rumours states that the Moto 360 2 will feature a 360 x 360 resolution display and is going by the codename Smelt. Here few pictures that have been leaked.

motogo-815x420 moto-360-res-leak-800x420 moto-360-2nd-gen moto-360-2nd-gen-watch-bands

 Tag Heuer is working closely with Google and Intel for their first smartwatch, the Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01. While all the software side is developed in the Silicon Valley, the rest is built in Switzerland. The Tag Heuer Carrera Wearable 01 will be a true jewel of technology with a lot a built in sensors (steps,calories..), a battery life of around 40h, which is quite compared to what is offered at the moment.

Also, one thing will differentiate this smartwatch from the competition, is it will incorporate interchangeable components that will let you upgrade the Carrera Wearable. We also know the price, $1400, and it will be available in November in the US.

Carrera-Heuer-01-2

I had the chance to see the Huawei Watch during my stay in Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress and was impressed by the quality of the display and « real watch » feeling. We already know a couple of thing about this smartwatch :

  •  AMOLED screen, 1.4 inches at 286ppi
  • Qualcomm processor at 1.2GHz
  • 4 Go internal memory
  • 512 of RAM
  • 300 mAh battery
  • 3 colors: Black, Gold and Silver

You can find all the specs on the official Huawei Watch page.

We still don’t know when the Huawei Watch will be release, but it may be pushed after summer 2015.

Huawei Watch gold    Huawei Watch back    Huawei Watch silver

Asus ZenWatch 2

Asus introduced the ZenWatch 2 during the Computex in Taipei earlier this year. The ZenWatch 2 will have the same curve as the first ZenWatch, but Asus did manage to add some new elements.

  • Android Wear 5.1.1
  • Ecran AMOLED 2.5D, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Processeur Qualcomm
  • Certified IP 67
  • 2 sizes : W1501Q = 49 x 41 mm or W1502Q : 45 x 37 mm
  • Wristband 18mm ou 22mm
  • Side bouton
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The Pebble Time Steel, a more luxurious version of the Pebble Time, is now available to pre order . What differentiate the Pebble Smartwatch from the rest of the competition ? It’s a smartwatch that contains only the essential features (not saying that in a pejorative way) and that lasts! While the Pebble Time has a battery life of 7 days, the Steel version can last 10 days! This is due to the e-paper display and the less evolved LCD screen.

While the Pebble Time has a battery life of 7 days, the Steel version can last 10 days!

You can find common apps for your Pebble Time Steel and the watch is compatible with IOS and Android. The Pebble Time Steel will cost you $250. It will ship to new buyers in 6 to 8 weeks. All of the color options are still available, including the red-gold combo and the ones with metal bands.

Pebble Time Steel

This article was a non exhaustive list of smartwatches, but there are  much more out there ! so stay tuned for more news