Samsung fans were in for a treat when the company’s U.S. head of design flaunted a photo of the upcoming Samsung Gear S2 on Instagram. The executive posted the shot on his personal handle captioning it, “Giving the new Samsung Gear S2 a test drive.” What’s more, this is the first full photograph of the new smartwatch, as the company had only revealed a few glimpses of parts of it in the past.
Originally rumored to be called Gear A, the watch boasts an inbuilt GPS, which will give it a significant edge over the reigning Apple Watch. The device will also feature a Samsung Exynos 1.2Ghz dual-core processor with 4GB of storage space, a 250mAh battery, and a768MB RAM, reported SamMobile.
Leaked information about the watch has indicated that the internal specifications of the gadget will be loaded with sensors, including a heart rate sensor, barometer, and Wi-Fi chip. The main feature is still its GPS, which will reportedly reduce the time taken to load maps on the watch by significant rate.
The only probable downside is that the smartwatch will run on a personalized version of the Samsung Tizen OS and not Android Wear, which is what’s used in the other wearable devices available in the market. This means that the watch might only be compatible with Samsung smartphones, according to Mashable.
The new Samsung product is set to be officially launched at the upcoming IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin) event held in Berlin from September 4 to September 9.
Prigg, M., “Samsung reveals the watch it hopes will take on Apple: Designer shows off Gear S2 on Instagram (but was he supposed to?)” Daily Mail web site, August 26, 2015; http://goo.gl/fbngL9.