A "rotating bezel" offers a new way to control the device
Samsung on Monday announced the Gear S2 smartwatch, the company’s follow-up to last year’s Gear S.
In a move differentiating the device from Apple’s Apple Watch, Samsung designed the S2 in circular style more reminiscent of typical watches. And whereas the Apple Watch has a rotating “digital crown” for controlling many apps, Samsung’s new device has an input mechanism called a “rotating bezel,” along with Home and Back buttons.
Samsung is offering the Gear S2 in two varieties: The default Gear S2, available in grey or silver and seen above, and the Gear S2 “classic,” a black version of the device with a leather band. The device is powered by Samsung’s own Tizen operating system, as opposed to the many non-Apple smartwatches that run Google’s Android Wear.
Customers can also opt for a 3G version of the Gear S2, which boasts wireless data connectivity that allows the device to serve up information without the help of a nearby phone.
Other features found in Samsung’s Gear S2 include NFC payments, a fitness app and a battery the company says lasts two to three days.
Samsung has not yet revealed details about the Gear S2’s availability or price. The company may release more information during this week’s IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin, Germany.