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Samsung Gear S2 is officially revealed with a round face. Can it beat the Apple Watch?

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Three days away from its appearance at IFA Berlin 2015, Samsung decides to kick the door in a little early for its latest Tizen OS wearable device. Boasting an IP68 rating (waterproof) and to come in 3 models: the Gear S2, Gear S2 classic and the Gear S2 3G, it’ll be the first round faced watch from Samsung.

Offering the two visually different models to a different crowd – Gear S2 towards the sportier, always running about user, while the classic version will be for individuals who much rather have a timeless watch face design. The former will be attached to the silicon band, available in either a dark grey case + black band or a silver case + white band combination. Then we’ll see a black case donning the leather black band, on the Gear S2 classic.

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All three variants share the latest Tizen OS, seen on previous iterations of Samsung wearables, with only the inception of the rotating bezel screen changing the game for the Korean outfit. Specs internally will feature a 1GHz dual-core processor, mated to 512MB of RAM on the 1.2-inch Super AMOLED housed device. Resolution stands at 360 x 360 with a 302ppi and it’ll have 4GB of internal memory on board the 11.4mm thin frame.

You’ll connect to the internet through Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n and pair with other devices through Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC. Assuming you’re picking up the Gear S2 with 3G capabilities you’ll have an e-SIM slot available at your disposal.

All three models come in the same 11.4mm but differ slightly in dimensions and battery size. The regular Samsung Gear S2 measures at 42.3 x 49.8 x 11.4mm at 47 grams, while the classic model is slimmed down to reflect a more elegant look – 39.9 x 43.6 x 11.4mm at 42 grams. They both share a 250mAh battery, supposedly will last up to 2-3 days of normal use.

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Being a 3G model, the 2 day rated Gear S2 e-SIM enabled smart watch will run on a slightly larger 300 mAh battery, bulking the device a bit – 44.0 x 51.8 x 13.4mm and tipping the scales at 51 grams. There’s no pricing yet but we’ll see that during IFA in Berlin. So does it make sense to pick up a wearable like this? It’s great that they’ve added two different models appealing to a different crowd, matching a more traditional round watch-face and an innovative rotating bezel for manoeuvring through its OS. It also beats the Apple Watch in battery life, which only has 18 hours but it still leaves us asking for more – perhaps battery technology has to catch up to our power-hungry needs.

It still leaves us to this question – will you buy it?

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