Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic unveiled: Tizen on board, 2-3 days battery life and independent 3G versions


After a juicy teaser at its big Galaxy Note5 event, Samsung has now officially unveiled its new series of smartwatches: enter the Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic.

This new generation of Samsung smartwatches comes powered by Tizen rather than Android Wear, but probably the biggest highlight is the option to buy the watches in a 3G-enabled version, where you can put your own SIM card and use the watches independently from your phone.

And yes, the rotating bezel is indeed real: just rotate it to navigate around the menus. On the right side, there are also two physical buttons - a home and back keys - that make it easier to deal with notifications.

As to the Tizen part of the equation, Samsung says that the platform does well with keeping you informed about texts, calendars, emails, breaking news, and fitness goals, while the 3G version of the watch can make and take regular voice calls. It is also true, however, that Tizen is a much smaller ecosystem with much less watchfaces and third-party apps, when compared to Android Wear (but Samsung says it's working on expanding it).

Good news is that the new Gear S2 features full support for Samsung Pay, which should go live in the coming months and promises compatibility with almost all current paying terminals with no special hardware required.

The best practical part of the Samsung Gear S2 family, however, might be their extended battery life: Samsung says typical usage will range between two to three days (depending on your usage), so you won't need to go to the charger every single night.

Here are the rest of the specs highlights for the Gear S2 family:

  • Display: 1.2”, Circular Super AMOLED, 360x360, 302ppi
  • Processor: Dual-core, 1.0GHz
  • Storage: 4GB Internal Memory / RAM: 512MB
  • IP68 Certified Dust and Water Resistant
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
  • 2-3 days of battery life

Samsung Gear S2 Classic


The Gear S2 Classic comes in black with a design that mimics that of a traditional watch, and that alone scores extra style points in our book. We also like the fact that the rotating bezel is ridged for a nice tactile feel. The watch is also fairly lightweight at just 1.48oz (42g) and measures 11.4mm thick.


Samsung Gear S2


The Gear S2 is definitely the more futuristic looking one of the two: it's got an all metal sci-fi styling. It is a bit heavier than the S2 Classic, measuring 1.66oz (47g), while the thickness is the same at 11.4mm.


Gear S2 3G version: the independent smartwatch is here


The Gear S2 family will also be available in a fully independent 3G versions, where you put a separate SIM card. This will allow you to use mobile data, as well as make and take calls without the need to have your phone nearby. The 3G version of the watches features a 300mAh battery (while the regular ones sport a 250mAh one), required because of the extra strain that comes with always-on connectivity. This makes the watches slightly heavier and thicker: the S2 3G weighs 1.8oz (51g) and measures 13.4mm thick.

Available in the US on all major carriers


The new family of Gear S2 smartwatches will be available on all four major US carriers - Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile - in the near future for a yet undisclosed price.

source: Samsung

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86 Comments

1. hateftotti

Posts: 225; Member since: May 03, 2011

It looks perfect but should wait to see its performance on Thursday...

7. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Tizen again.. not interested. But i would request Samsung to launch another edition with Android coz the design is quite decent....

12. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Why is Tizen a bad thing?

17. AnTuTu

Posts: 1602; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Because it is Samsung and no matter what Samsung does haters will find a way to hate.

44. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Tizen is bad because it has a limited support to only Samsung Smartphones.... And for your kind info i neither Hate nor Love any BRAND, i just hate limitations...

61. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple Watch is bad because it only has limited support to Apple's phones, says no one ever. So what if its only limited to Samsung's phones. Don't all brands have devices supported only with their brand? Stop making it sound like Samsung is being evil. Do you own an iphone or an Apple watch mr I hate limitations? I'm glad the Gear line doesnt work with any other phone. The Apple Watch doesnt work with any other phone either, but no one is complaining. Its not a limitation. Tizen isnt an open platform.

71. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Didn't you read the second paragraph of my comment you mo#on.... i am one of the biggest hater of iOS.. Except for Samsung and Apple's, all the other brand's smartwatches are fully compatible with almost any Android phone. So don't say that others make smartwatches to pair with their own smartphones. it doesn't mean if you hate samsung's product then you are definitely an iPhone user/lover...

78. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Your words: "And for your kind info i neither Hate nor Love any BRAND" But you say your an iOS hater... I'm confused.

84. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

He also stated "I just hate limitations", which iOS is full of, ultimately falling on his hate list...

85. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

iOS is not a brand... it's a product from Apple...

30. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

If you don't have a Samsung phone (which is most of us) than Android Wear is the way to go. Besides, who wants to use Samsung's services over Google's?

35. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Samrtwatches needn't be much complicated. Some of the gogle services are battery draining daemons. The first thing I do when I buy an Android phone is to disable some of the s**tty services from google. location, google now etc. In that way Tizen is far better for the wearables if it pairs well with a Smartphone for notifications.

59. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Rxactly what i do too , disabling Google s**tty, spying battery draining apps.

66. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Google Now is a staple for me and most of the time I keep location services on. I have no problem with either one of them.

72. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

You must be keeping your phone switched off after turning location on :)

86. JayFiveAlive

Posts: 67; Member since: May 30, 2014

To be honest, Tizen is a lot more functional than Android Wear. I had a Gear 2 and that thing still to this day is more functional than Android Wear is. I like Android Wear, but it has a very long way to go compared to Tizen. I currently have an LG G Watch R... I may switch over to the Gear S2 since I'm a Note user, possibly for life :P.

56. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

PA missed the point the it supports wireless charging out of box

82. engineer-1701d unregistered

WHEN WILL SAMSUNG F#$KING LEARN SELL BOTH TIZEN AND AW DOUBLE YOUR SALES MAKE ALL HAPPY IOS USERS COULD USE THIS WITH THERE PHONE I KNOW I CAN TAKE SIM OUT AND PUT IT IN BUT STILL

2. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The classic looks great, and I am glad they went with Tizen ovet Android Wear.

6. AnTuTu

Posts: 1602; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Tizen is very well optimized for Samsung's wearables. I won't be surprised if they release an Android wear version too.

62. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I would be surprised.

74. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

If anything would make me a fan of Samsung, it would be this (the S2, not the Classic). Stunning design, and Tizen is a great watch OS.

81. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Tizen is greatest OS for smartphones, too. (and not only) But let's see how Samsung will make it popular . This is the main point for every OS. Good first steps with low-end phones and smartwatches, though(the other devices don't count)

3. AnTuTu

Posts: 1602; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Probably one of the best smartwatch till date. Gear S2 Classic will be on my wrist for sure. Keep up the good work Samsung.

46. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

+1 ...Thank you, finally a comment that makes sense

4. Kumar123 unregistered

Ugliest looking round smartwatch and it run tizen crap. Utter failure..

8. AnTuTu

Posts: 1602; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Hahaha your parents must be proud of you that their son is nothing but a troll on a tech site. Keep up the good work and keep earning those badges you moron.

11. Kumar123 unregistered

Ouch, that must have hurt you a lot. Ha ha ha ha. laughing at you and your butthurt response.

14. AnTuTu

Posts: 1602; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Hurt me?? Lmao The reason I respond to you is to show you what your level and class is on the Internet. I really don't give a F whether you like this watch or not but I really wanted to tell you that you are a moron. I hope that I have clarified for you :p

19. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

haha, its clear who is butthurt..

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