Samsung unveils circular Gear S2 smartwatch

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Device comes embedded with an e-SIM slot to enable users to make calls directly from it

Samsung has unveiled the Gear S2 wearable, its first smartwatch with a circular clock face.

The Gear S2 will be available in a dark grey case with a dark grey band. The Gear S2 classic will be available in a black case with a leather band. Further details on their release and pricing will be announced in due course.

The Gear S2 is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and runs the Tizen-based wearable platform. It is 11.4mm thick and has a 1.2-inch circular screen, along with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory.

There is a rotating bezel, along with Home and Back buttons, which Samsung said will ensure people have a quicker, more precise method to access notifications and applications.

Users can also check notifications from calendars, email and news at a glance, and send text messages from their wrist. The Gear S2 is also compatible with 3G connectivity and incorporates the first-ever e-SIM to enable users to make calls directly from the smartwatch.

A number of fitness functions are included on the Gear S2, such as the 24-hour activity log that enables users to view daily activity progress and patterns at a glance, and will send reminder updates to motivate users to stay on track with their fitness goals.

NFC technology is also embedded to enable mobile payments without the need for a wallet and a battery that can last up to 2-3 days. Users can boost the power in their Gear S2 by placing it on a wireless charging dock straight out of the box.

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