At a conference last week in New York, Samsung offered a sneak peak of the Samsung Gear S2, a stylish smartwatch with set to compete with the Apple Watch. The video above was released today on Samsung's youtube channel. Romain Dillet from Tech Crunch observes
As you can see, Samsung switched to a round casing and a metal band. We can spot a few watch-optimized apps in the video — a weather app, a time zone app, a stopwatch app and a sports-tracking app. The Gear S2 also seems to come with a heart-rate sensor. This watch face features complications with little snippets of information — in this case, your heart rate and your next meeting
Like other smartwatches, health and fitness tracking is highlighted. As we wrote earlier this year, in addition to functionality, style is paramount when it comes to wearables. Aesthetically, the Gear S2's rounded icons, metal band and variety of digital watch faces recall the Apple Watch while its rounder watch face takes it a cue from the Pebble Watch with a more traditional and fashionable shape that is less bulky than the Gear S. More recently, however, Pebble has released a rectangular shape for it's E-Paper Watch.
More details about the watch will be given at an IFA press conference at the beginning of September. With a style so reminiscent of Apple Watch, this teaser video may hurt Apple Watch sales even further. The smartwatch and fitness wearable market is a highly competitive one where functionality and style is revered.