Wearables watch: Samsung’s new Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic

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Samsung has brought its latest flagship wearables to Canada with two new smartwatch models: the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic (pictured). Both feature an intuitive custom user interface and advanced features that allow users to enhance and personalize their mobile experience. Each of the models is designed to appeal to a different audience.  Samsung designed the two different models for different audiences – the Gear S2 classic for users that prefer a more timeless watch design, and the Gear S2 for those who are on-the-go and prefer a modern, minimalist design.

A smartwatch for all occasions

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“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, in a statement. “The Samsung Gear S2 (pictured) 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.”

Samsung Gear S2

Samsung Gear S2 - Black

Both models are just 11.4-millimeter thin and feature a 1.2″ circular screen with 360 x 360 resolution. They run the latest Tizen OS powered by an optimized 1 GHz dual core processor to ensure efficient app performance.  Users can keep in touch with at a glance notifications, and use the smartwatch to check calendars, e-mails, news and even to sent texts. NFC capability is incorporated to support mobile payments and other emerging NFC technologies such as smart car keys. Also, 3G connectivity is optional, incorporating an e-SIM with voice capability.

Samsung Gear S2 classic

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Fitness helped to launch the wearables market, and both Gear S2 models include new fitness functions that encourage and help users to stay active. They include a 24-hour activity log where users can track their daily activity patterns and progress, as well as set reminders to stay on track with their fitness goals. To support all the new features, both models are powered by a battery that will last two to three days on a charge via its wireless charging dock. Samsung is also working with app developers to foster an open ecosystem to support the new devices.

 

 

 


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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.