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Samsung Gear S2 to be announced next month at IFA2015

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Towards the end of yesterday’s Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ announcement, Samsung has given a short tease of its upcoming smart watch. Featuring a round display, the next smart watch will be called the Samsung Gear S2 and this will succeed its current Gear S.

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Formerly speculated as the Samsung Gear A (codenamed Orbis), the new watch is still running on Tizen and it offers rotary bezel ring interface as new form of interaction. From the screenshot above, it looks similar to the LG Watch Urbane LTE, that’s based on WebOS. Unlike the early generation Gear smart watches, the Gear S2 is expected to cut down on non essential features like a camera and infrared blaster.

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With Apple’s new Watch going full swing, Samsung is speculated to release up to 3 distinctive line ups that cover different price range differentiated by the materials used. Being a personal device that’s seen as a fashion item, the new watch needs to be more than just features to win the masses. The Gear S2 will be revealed on 3rd September in Berlin, during IFA2015.

Alexander Wong