Samsung To Unveil Gear S2 Smart Watch, Makes Calls Without Phone

Set to be officially unveiled Thursday at an invitation-only event at the IFA 2015 consumer electronics show in Berlin, Samsung's new Gear S2 smart watch will let users make quick voice calls without having to link to nearby smartphones. The timepiece, which sports a circular face, will be driven by the Tizen operating system.

The 3G Gear S2 will feature a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360, and support BT4.1, Wi-Fi and NFC (near-field communication) connectivity. Samsung will also release a non-3G Gear S2 classic for users who "prefer a more timeless watch design."

As expected, the design of Samsung's newest smart watch departs considerably from its previous Gear S, an oversize device with a rounded-rectangular shape that came out in the fall. The South Korean electronics giant has not yet disclosed pricing for either of the new Gear S2 watches. Samsung provided a sneak preview of its answer to the Apple Watch via a video posted on its YouTube channel earlier this month.

Working To 'Expand the Usability of Wearables'

"The Samsung Gear S2 reflects Samsung's most progressive innovation," said JK Shin, CEO and head of Samsung's IT and mobile business, in a statement. The new wearable is designed to enable users to "get more out of every moment in your day, by making it smarter and ultimately more personal and fun," he added.

Both the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic will support functions like calendars, e-mail, news and text messaging. They will also provide fitness-tracking capabilities and enable mobile payments through NFC technology.

The smart watch's battery, which can be charged with a wireless charging dock, will keep the device running for two to three days on a single charge, according to Samsung. The company added that it is working with a number of different...

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