Samsung hopes to have the last word in the smartwatch debate. Although its smartwatch sales weren’t as amazing as Appple’s were, the South Korean tech giant plans a comeback – the Gear 2.
Gear 2 is the first smartwatch launched by Samsung since Apple Watch’s debut in April. Experts currently believe that Samsung’s newest smartwatch may bring Samsung’s revenues to a brand new level. Though, the company has sold millions of Android-run smartphones per year, its profits continued to drop for the seventh consecutive quarter.
The problem is that Samsung has fierce competition on the mobile market from companies such as Xiaomi and Apple Inc.
Unlike previous versions of smartwatches, Gear 2 has a round display and is powered by Tizen operating system. The screen is unusually large but at the same time thin (about 11 mm thin). It can support a 360×360 resolution and has a 1 GHz dual core processor, while its battery can last two to three days, depending on usage.
The new smartwatch allows you to make phone calls, keep an eye on your fitness sessions, and receive notifications. It also has integrated voice recognition software that allows its users give voice commands.
But there are some similarities with Apple’s smartwatch. For instance, the app hub is very similar to Apple Watch’s because of the app bubbles. But unlike Apple’s device, Samsung 2 has a manual scroll to allow users reach menus and perform actions with a simple finger stroke. It is also equipped with two flush buttons on one side for home or outdoor use. Plus, its bezel can rotate.
What’s more, Samsung’s latest smartwatch supports Samsung Pay, a type of electronic payment system that was rolled last week in the U.S. With a simple touch of a button you can make purchases at stores that support the system, just like Apple Pay does.
But the most obvious similarity with Apple Watch is the fact that the watch will need a smartphone to run its core functions. And the smartwatch of course will need to be produced by the South Korean company and run Android OS. Apple watch can also be paired only with a device produced by the parent company.
Though Samsung sold more than 70 million smartphone last quarter, it doesn’t have the same flexibility as Google-owned Android Wear. Android Wear can be paired with billions of devices including Android devices and Apple iPhones.
Samsung Gear 2 is expected to come in three models. A version is full black and has a leather band, Gear 2 Classic version looks somehow differently and it is lighter, and a third model equipped with 3 G technology that allows users to make phone calls without a working mobile phone network around.
Samsung didn’t reveal an approximate retail price, neither an official release date.
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