Every manufacturer is jumping into the wearable market with both feet in. Needless to say competition is really heating up by the end of 2015, and while most smart watch makers are betting on Android wear, Samsung continues pushing its own Tizen platform. Can they really make the in-house OS mainstream? We are not sure, but their new Samsung Gear S2 sure looks promising.
This device has finally hit my doorstep, so let’s waste no time to give you an unboxing and tell you all about my very first impressions on the Samsung Gear S2.
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We already took a look at the Gear S2 during IFA. One of our main points then was that Samsung did do a great job at making this a particularly unique product. It’s nothing like the Android Wear devices we are used to; and it shouldn’t be, as the company is using a whole different operating system.
The box is circular and reminiscent of the watch’s shape, which gives it a very elegant and minimalist nature. This is why it’s no surprise to see that the unboxing process is also very simple. Just pull out the top section of the box and you will be presented with the product.
This is definitely going to be more of a sporty smartwatch, unlike the S2 Classic, which is much more of a formal accessory. I do like that the silicon bands give you more protection against liquids. Not to mention the smooth rotating bezel, as opposed to touting those rivets in the more formal iterations.
The box also includes the wireless charging dock, which you can just rest the watch on top of to juice up. And we can’t forget that glorious literature we always get with all devices (and pretty much never read). What you will enjoy seeing is a set of replacement straps for those of you with smaller wrists.
Removing the straps is a little weird at first, as there is an odd sliding mechanism you have to get used to. It takes a few tries, but you should be fine after that.
Let’s just get back to the device, which is actually very interesting in that it has that rotating bezel. This is no gimmick, and actually works great as a dial – it’s one way of navigating through your watch without having to swipe around.
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Furthermore, the stainless steel body is gorgeous, and we also love the fact that it comes with an AMOLED panel. This is no surprise, knowing that it’s a Samsung product, but we are still excited about the battery life improvements this screen technology can offer. AMOLED displays only turn on the pixels that are needed. Pixels displaying the color black are simply turned off, which should spare some precious mAh bits in the process.
Let’s talk about software, which is the part of this watch that we are most unfamiliar with. Tizen is completely different, but it’s definitely intuitive, so you can get the hang of it pretty quickly. As you can see in the video, it’s easy to navigate around, add quick dials, include more widgets, and add more applications through the Gear Manager. Honestly, though – that dial! This new form of input is really the most exciting part of this device.
We took a look at the Gear Manager and found a good list of applications, but we are not sure yet if the platform is mature enough to really say it is well supported. We certainly do wish there was more stuff in there. At least we know the Gear S2 is compatible with a lot of different Android devices, losing the Samsung exclusivity we are so used to seeing. However, going through the set-up does require installing a bevy of apps for everything to work properly.
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That’s it for today’s unboxing and first impressions, guys. Keep it tuned to Android Authority to check out the full review, which is coming soon. We will also be comparing the Samsung Gear S2 with all the hottest smart watches out there, as well as alternate Tizen options.
What do you guys think so far, though? Is this a watch you could see yourself rocking? Hit the comments and share your thoughts!
Samsung is known for creating lots of variants and different line-ups of smartphones in order to soothe everyone’s needs. Just this past week, the company announced the Galaxy Active Neo in Japan, aimed for the outdoors man.
The Galaxy Active Neo is a new ruggidized handset running Android Lollipop. It packs a low in class 4.5-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, 16GB of expandable storage, an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance, LTE connectivity and a 2200 mAh battery. Buyers of the Galaxy Active Neo handset can additionally claim 100GB of free OneDrive cloud storage for 2 years.
The Galaxy Active Neo will cost you around $168 USD, and will be available in Japan beginning in early November via NTT DoCoMo.
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Earlier today, Samsung’s newest circular Tizen smartwatch, the Gear S2, officially hit retail stores in the states. Along with that, Samsung uploaded a video on YouTube for a closer look inside the box.
Many are saying Samsung’s Gear S2 is the company’s best smartwatch to date. It features a full circle display and an all-new rotating bezel for easy controls and better navigating. Its updated circular designed Tizen UI is much improved and includes a variety of new features, apps and services. In addition, with built-in cellular connectivity, users can leave their smartphone behind and rely on the watch to receive all the phone’s notifications from wherever you are. Depending on your location and source, the Gear S2 comes in color choices of white and black. Pricing lies between $299 and $349 depending on where you like to shop.
The Gear S2 smartwatch will be hitting countries all over the world in the coming months, and many have already received the watch. Check out the short unboxing video below for a closer look.
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The first television advertisement for Samsung’s newest smartwatch, which is available starting today, is starting to air on networks in the United States. The ad for the Gear S2 unsurprisingly highlights its design and how apps look with Circular UX, the software that apps work with to adapt to the circular display.
Hit the break to watch the ad.
Samsung’s slogan is “Get better with every turn.”
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When Samsung left Qualcomm behind this year in favor for its house-made Exynos chipset, the move could’ve been seen as the nail in the coffin for the relationship. Fortunately, it appears like next year they’re going to kiss and make up.
According to a report today, Samsung is going to yet again be offering a mix of Galaxy S7’s with either Snapdragon or Exynos SoC. Like usual, which chipset you get will depend on your region. It is expected that phones with Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 820 will be found in the U.S. and China (two of the largest smartphone markets).
The Snapdragon 820 is supposed to be Qualcomm’s redemption to the troubled 810 chipset this year. Off the bat, it faced overheating controversy and continual bad reception. We have yet to see the 820 replace it.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the possibility of the Snapdragon 820 in the upcoming Galaxy S7. But more evidence to any rumor is always a good thing. As for other markets, the latest rumors of the Galaxy S7 peg it with an updated Exynos 8890 SoC (from the current 7420 chip).
How do you feel about Samsung’s decision? Would you prefer to stick with Exynos?
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A new report coming by way of the South Korea Electronic Times‘ says that Samsung will use Qualcomm’s all-new Snapdragon 820 chipset for some Galaxy S7 smartphones. This confirms past rumors, but is also historically accurate, considering that Samsung has produced a couple version of its flagship devices, sporting its own Exynos chip in European and other markets while it supplies the variant with a Qualcomm chip to the US and a few other regions.
The paper’s industry sources says that the Galaxy S7 with the Snapdragon 820 chipset will launch early next year and will be supplied to the United States and China. The paper went onto confirm that the Galaxy S7 will have Samsung’s own Exynos chip in other markets.
Interestingly, the technology giant only used its Exynos chip for the Galaxy S6 this year. But according to industry sources, Samsung will indeed take advantage of the Snapdragon 820 in its next flagship. This could potentially mean that consumers could get their hands on Qualcomm’s insane Quick Charge 3.0 technology in the Galaxy S7.
We’re only a few months out before Samsung is expected to officially unveil the device. What would you like the see in a Galaxy S7?
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Samsung announced its Gear S2 smartwatch at IFA awhile back, and we’ve been waiting in much anticipation ever since. Today is the day the device officially launches, and those interested, with a compatible smartphone, should be able to pick it up at most major retailers in the United States, Germany, Singapore, and South Korea.
Those in the United States should be able to buy the Gear S2 from Amazon.com, Samsung.com, Best Buy, Macy’s, and others for $299. The Gear S2 classic will set consumers back an additional $50 at $349 for the Gear S2 Classic. Some may want to hold off buying one in hopes of carrier availability being added soon.
As a quick refresh, the Gear S2 sport a 1.2-inch circular 360 x 360 (302ppi) display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and a battery said to last up to 3 days. In addition to being available in Dark Gray and Silver, some premium bands from Italian designer Alessandro Mendin should be available soon.
Anyone plan on picking one up today?
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The report comes from Electronics Times, a trusted Korean publication, via Reuters. Citing anonymous industry sources, Electronic Times reports that Samsung is once again going to use a mix of Qualcomm and Exynos SoCs for its flagship phone.
In the US and China, the world’s two largest markets, the Galaxy S7 will reportedly be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC. In other markets, including in Europe and Asia, Samsung will use its own Exynos processor.
The report cites industry sources speculating that Qualcomm was able to secure Snapdragon 820 orders for the two most profitable markets by using its chip manufacturing orders as a negotiation argument. Put simply, Samsung gets lucrative chip foundry contracts from Qualcomm, and Qualcomm gets chip orders from Samsung.
Samsung and Qualcomm refused to comment the report, but the Korean giant stated that its “business and semiconductor business are totally separated, [so] supply agreement of AP and foundry business do not affect each other.”
Samsung famously snubbed Qualcomm for its flagships this year, opting for its own Exynos 7420 chip. The loss of a big client – and the Snapdragon 810 overheating PR disaster that followed – left Qualcomm bruised out. Samsung, on the other hand, avoided the overheating problems that plagued HTC, LG, or Sony, and bagged more profit thanks to the use of its own silicon.
According to older reports, Samsung may use an Exynos 8890 processor on the Galaxy S7 (and presumably S7 Edge) units sold outside of US and China.
As for the Galaxy S7 release date, rumor has it, Samsung may have something to show us in early February. Following the early release of the Galaxy Note 5, a faster release of the S7 does make a lot of sense.
Do you remember that mysterious Samsung tablet that leaked a few weeks ago? Well, we got some juicy details about it today. Looks like Samsung created a whale of a tablet, and we’re not yet sure who the market audience will be.
The latest leak was courtesy of GFXBench, listing several specs for the Samsung SM-T670 (assumed to be marketed as the Galaxy View). The star of the show is the monstrous 18.5″ screen size.
The other specs are a mixed bag. There seems to be a beefy processor – octa-core Exynos 7580 (bumped up from the 7420 in the current Galaxy phone) with Mali-T720 GPU, but only 2GB of RAM. The 1080P panel means that this tablet won’t be a pixel-density champ.
We’re also looking at 32GB of on-board storage (no word on microSD expansion), 2MP front camera (strangely, the specs for the rear camera didn’t come through), and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
Samsung could be targeting more productive uses for a huge tablet, such as in a classroom or office. Hopefully, because I don’t think I could live through seeing a tourist taking pictures with it on my next trip.
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Samsung teased the Galaxy View during its IFA 2015 presentation, but we’ve heard very little about it since. Now, the tablet is showing up on the benchmarking service GFXBench, sporting some impressive specs.
The Galaxy View (SM-T670) will feature a massive 18.5-inch 1920 x 1080 display, a 64-bit Octa-core Exynos 7580 processor, a Mali-T720 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 2-megapixel front camera, and will feature a rather large 5,700mAh battery, but it still seems small for how large the screen is.ta
Samsung’s new tablet is expected to size in at 451.8mm wide, 275.8mm tall, and 11.9mm thick. The rear camera is listed as not supported, but it should come with a 8MP rear sensor anyway, along with microSD support.
We’re hoping to hear more about this tablet very soon.
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