After teasing its next smartwatch offering, Samsung has officially unveiled the new product. Named the Gear S2Smartwatch, the piece is available in both a “Classic” and regular style. As opposed to the Apple Watch’s rectangular screen and Samsung’s other smartwatch offerings (such as the Gear 2 Neo, Gear 2, Gear Live and more), the Gear S2 sports a round, 1.2 inch diameter face. Its display comes in 360 x 360 resolution with a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and 4 GB of internal memory.
Additionally, it boasts Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The regular iteration sports a rubberized band in dark gray or silver, while the “Classic” iteration features a leather band and matching case.
No word regarding pricing yet, but interested parties will be able to learn more at the IFA electronics show in Berlin this Thursday, with word from Samsung soon.
Samsung has dropped a surprise at its Unpacked 2015 event by showing off a new Gear S2 smartwatch. The model appears to be a far cry from the original Gear S, however. Samsung has upped the style quotient considerably with a round watch face, metal body and new user interface. Given the naming convention (it lacks the “Galaxy” moniker that generally denotes Android), it likely runs on Samsung’s Tizen OS rather than Android Wear, like the original Gear S.
Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei has released images and an ad for its first wearable, the Huawei Watch. The touchscreen timepiece intertwines a classic design, with the latest in GPS trafficking for outdoor adventures. Google Now functionality asserts the watch’s position as a viable option in a ever-growing market of technologically driven smart watches, while its three colorways of silver, gold and black are sure to match most consumer tastes.
Many smartwatches have a tendency to look like a tiny computer on your wrist. But Huawei‘s first shot at the wearable looks more like a classic timepiece.
The Chinese manufacturer announced its entry into the smartwatch market on Sunday at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Huawei Watch is an elegant circular watch that runs on Google’s Android Wear software. The company is targeting both men and women with the product, allowing users to personalize it based on colors (silver, black and gold), a variety of band options (for example, leather and stainless steel) and 40 different watch faces.
The Huawei Watch will launch by mid-2015, likely in June.
The AMOLED display is 42 mm in diameter, which, according to the company, is the most compact design that exists. This was to make it more appealing to both genders; typically, smartwatches skew more masculine-looking because of the limited size and style options. The display is protected with a sapphire crystal covering to prevent scratching, which is a nice touch. Many existing smartwatches on the market are protected with Gorilla Glass, but traditional watches typically come with sapphire crystal glass, which has a different look.
Like other smartwatches, the Huawei Watch will let wearers receive text messages, check email, receive phone call notifications, play with apps and view their calendars directly from the touchscreen. The device is powered by a Qualcomm 1.2GHz processor and syncs up with smartphones running Android 4.3 and higher. Under the hood, the Huawei Watch includes 4GB of storage, 512 MB of RAM and Bluetooth 4.1 compatibility.
The watch can also function as a fitness tracker; its sensor can tell whether a person is running, biking or sleeping, and tracks those stats, including calories burned, distance traveled and heart rate via its built-in heart rate monitor.
Huawei added that it will be building a “health and lifestyle ecosystem” to help users stay on top of their goals and progress, with the help of partners and app platforms like Jawbone.
The circular shape and the stainless steel frame is a nod toward traditional watches and a design that most consumers already consider more appealing. As we’ve noted previously, many smartwatches — including the Apple Watch, slated to be released in April — have square or rectangular-shaped designs, because it’s difficult to fit so much technology into a smaller, curved case. But Huawei does a striking job.The arrival of the Huawei Watch doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Manufacturers with roots in the smartphone industry like Apple, Samsung, LG and Motorola have already invested big money and resources into developing a wearable, so it makes sense for Huawei to follow suit. The look of the watch isn’t a huge shocker, either; two promotional videos leaked online earlier in this weekend, which were pulled shortly after. A promotional ad for the watch was also spotted at the El Prat airport in Spain.
This isn’t Huawei’s first attempt at wearables. Last year, it launched the TalkBand 1, a fitness tracker and Bluetooth headset hybrid.
The Huawei Watch has the potential to inch out competitors also banking on the circular look, like the Moto 360. However, unlike other competitors like the Apple Watch, the Huawei Watch runs on Android Wear, which has gotten shaky reviews.
The Huawei Watch will launch in 20 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.
Pricing and availability has not been announced yet and will vary depending on the market, the company said.
LG has announced the release of its first all-metal luxury Android wearable, the LG Watch Urbane. The smartwatch is designed for sophisticated and cosmopolitan wearers, delivering exceptional levels of technology and performance. Unlike its predecessors, the luxury smartwatch resembles a traditional timepiece appropriate for both sexes. The strap can be replaced with any 22mm wide band, allowing the individual to switch the watch face for any occasion.
The device is compatible with any smartphone running Android version 4.3 and above. For more information on this luxury wear device, click here.
Preparing to take Apple head-on in the up-and-coming wearable smartwatch market, Sony announces the latest stainless steel Smartwatch 3 at this year’s CES 2015 in Las Vegas. Featuring a water protected 1.6” 320×320 TFT LCD Transflective display, the SmartWatch 3 is undoubtedly a response to the anticipated arrival of the Apple Watch as the former showcases a silver stainless steel watch strap to complement the sleek and futuristic construction.
In addition, Sony’s latest generation wearable device charges via a standard microUSB port and represents on-the-go functionality with native music playback, intelligent sensor technology and an inbuilt GPS sensor among other features.
Stay tuned for further details on Sony‘s SmartWatch 3 in the near future.
Samsung‘s latest entry to the wearable technology craze comes in the form of a smartwatch dubbed the Gear S. Although it won’t replace your smartphone, Gear S features an improved connectivity that will forward messages and directions to your wrist even when your device is miles away resting on the bedroom dresser.
Running the Tizen OS with over 1,000 apps currently available, this timepiece can do pretty much everything your phone can do, albeit writing long emails may be a bit tedious. While its guts are powered by a 1.0GHz processor that moves surprisingly fast, even for a smartphone, everything is seen through its large 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display that contours comfortably to its user’s wrists.
Samsung’s Gear S will begin retailing in Korea this October.