Samsung has traditionally used the IFA trade show to showcase its Note series phablet flagships over the past few years. However this time around, having launched the Galaxy Note 5 (and the Galaxy S6 Edge+) ahead of the IFA, Samsung is using this year's consumer electronics show in Berlin to unveil its myriad other products like an unique transparent OLED display, which was unveiled by the company on Wednesday. While sections of the media expected the South Korean consumer electronics company to announce its next generation Gear smartwatches at the event, even that turned out to be a no go as Samsung ended up announcing three different variants of the device last month itself, having teased the devices at the launch of the Note 5 and the S6 Edge+ smartphones back in July.
At the IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany, Samsung Electronics has revealed some info on the pricing and availability of its recently-announced Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic smartwatches. According to the company, the smart wristwatches will be released in Finland and Denmark in October, and will cost a pretty penny, with price-tags of â‚¬349 ($389) for the Gear S2 and â‚¬399 ($445) for the Gear S2 Classic in Finland. The devices will be priced almost identically in Denmark as well, with a price-tag of 2,599 Danish Krones ($387) for Gear S2 and an asking price of 2,999 DKK ($447) for the Gear S2 Classic in the Scandinavian country. The pricing information for other markets have not yet been made public by Samsung as of now.
Coming to some of the tech specs of the latest Gear smartwatches, the devices come in three different variants including the two already mentioned. The third variant actually comes with 3G connectivity, and is dubbed the Gear S2 3G. All the variants come with circular Super AMOLED displays, with 1.2-inch diameters, resulting in a 302 dpi pixel density. The devices are powered by an Exynos SoC, with a 1 GHz dual-core processor, and come with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. All Gear S2 variants come with rotating bezels and two dedicated navigation buttons, along with a number of sensor including an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a PPG (heart rate monitor), an ambient light sensor and a barometer. The devices run on Tizen OS rather than on Android Wear, and come with IP68 Certification, which renders them water and dust resistant.