Samsung’s conference last week saw many important announcements, not the least of which was a brand new up and coming smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2, which is expected to be Samsung’s response to the Apple Watch.
Samsung, at the conference last week, had trodden carefully at the edges of releasing any particular information on the yet to come watch, except for the fact that those hoping to learn more about the gadget would have to wait until the IFA press conference at the beginning of September.
However, the South Korean company released a video on its YouTube channel today, that gives us some useful insights at the latest in the wearable line from Samsung.
The most noticeable change, and one that leaps to the eye almost instantaneously, is the size and the overall style. For one, the Gear S2 is smaller and more chic than its predecessor. Also, Samsung has made the switch to a round casing and a metal band which in my opinion, adds to the overall sophistication of its looks.
The video also exhibits several in-built applications, including a weather app, a time zone app, a stopwatch app and a sports tracking app. Apparently, these apps can also be made to display information on the main watch face, which in the video, is seen as simultaneuosly displaying the heart rate and the next meeting schedule.
However, the circular — and possibly smaller — dial also raises several questions. The Gear S1 allowed calls as well as messaging, without having to fiddle with our smartphones. However, ramming a keyboard on the circular S2, is going to be just a bit difficult. Samsung also seems to have taken a leaf out of Apple’s book and has made the icons rounded and more polished.
Well from what we have seen till now, the watch certainly looks good and while it’s size and changed looks may work to its favor once it faces off with its rival The Apple watch, it will be just as interesting to see what other changes Samsung has implemented over the Gear S1, and how they finally work out.