While Apple is dragging its feet to bring the Watch, Samsung Malaysia is finally bringing their latest Gear S2 smart watches to our local market. Announced during IFA 2015, the Gear S2 is Samsung’s first round smart watch that offers a more contemporary style along with a fresh new interface.
There are 2 Gear S2 variants on offer. The modern looking Gear S2 is priced at RM1,399 while the timeless design Gear S2 Classic is going for RM1,599. Both can be pre-ordered from 20th to 23rd November with an extra 20% discount. On top of that, Samsung Malaysia is also bundling an extra wireless charging dock worth RM169. Note that this special offer is limited to the first 500 customers only.
The Gear S2 is officially going on sale in Malaysia on the 27th November. To refresh on the specs, both Gear S2 models come with a 1.2″ Circular Super AMOLED screen that pushes 360×360 resolution. It runs on Tizen OS like its former Gear series and keeping the watch ticking is a dual-core 1.0GHz processor with 512MB of RAM. For storage, the Gear S2 has 4GB of storage which can be used to store offline music.
Connectivity wise, the Gear S2 pairs with your smart phone via Bluetooth 4.1 and it also gets NFC and WiFi 802.11n support. If your smart phone isn’t in range, it is able to work independently through WiFi. There’s a mic for voice control, a built-in heart rate sensor, while the front bezel also doubles up as a rotating ring for navigation and scrolling. Having a circular screen, the user experience has been redesigned from the ground up with rotary like interface.
Available in either Dark Grey or White (with Silver case), the Gear S2 comes with a proprietary rubber strap that’s replaceable and you’ll get 2 sets for different wrist sizes. For the Gear S2 classic, a genuine leather band is included out of the box and it is replaceable with any traditional strap that uses a standard 20mm pin. Both versions have dust and water resistance rated at IP68, but do note that the leather strap for the Classic version isn’t designed to withstand wet conditions.
Unlike the previous Gear S, the current Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic doesn’t support voice call. That’s reserved for the 3G version which isn’t available for our market.
To place your pre-order, head over to Samsung Malaysia’s Gear S2 Pre-order page on the 20th November.