Samsung is set to release its first-ever round smartwatch this Friday, October 2. Called Gear S2, the smartwatch comes in two models: the standard model priced at $299.99, and the slightly-more-sophisticated classic model at $349.99, making it a more affordable alternative to the Apple Watch.

Samsung's Gear S2 features a rotating bezel, a "home" button and a "back" button, which makes the smartwatch navigation-friendly. Size-wise, the watch is around 11.4 millimeters thick, making it sleek in nature; it also includes a screen resolution of 360 x 360, and is run with the Tizen operating system. Additionally built into the Gear S2 are fitness apps, a two-to-three-day battery life, 4 GB Internal Memory, and voice activation/memo. The smartwatch will come in two different colors, dark gray and white.

In a press release issued by the company, CEO JK Shin, who is also the head of Samsung's IT & Mobile Business sector, praised the Gear S2's design and versatile aesthetic, which he touted as a look for any occasion:

"For the past several years, Samsung has pioneered and advanced the wearables category, bringing brave new concepts to the smart wearables market. The Samsung Gear S2 reflects Samsung's most progressive innovation. It is the perfect complement for any occasion, easily taking you from day to night, from work to workout — and ensuring that you get more out of every moment in your day, by making it smarter and ultimately more personal and fun." 

The Gear S2 will be available for purchase at the Samsung website, as well as at Macy's, Amazon and Best Buy.

Via: The Verge

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