Samsung reveals name of Gear A to be Gear S2, to be unveiled during IFA event next month


Samsung’s Gear A wearable device has gone through many name changes, from being codename “Orbis” to Gear A.

Now it appears that Samsung is officially naming the wearable as Gear S2. In addition, the Korean tech giant is set to unveil the device fully next month.

According to Pocket-lint, Samsung recently hosted the Samsung Unpacked event. There, the tech giant finally revealed to the public the much-rumored Galaxy S6 Edge Plus together with the Galaxy Note 5.

Samsung also promised more information to come in the near future and proceeded to unveil a round-shaped smartwatch near the end of the presentation. Pocket-lint said that Samsung officially announced during the event that the reported Gear A will be named the Gear S2.

Wareable said that, according to Samsung, the full details and specifications of the Gear S2 will be released to the public on September 3, during the IFA event in Berlin.

The Gear S2’s specifications have been widely speculated in the tech media. GSM Arena, for instance, said that the new Samsung wearable will reportedly be powered by an Exynos 3472 chipset with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, which will in turn be supported by 768MB of RAM.

GSM Arena also said that Samsung will pre-install a custom-made Tizen interface for the Gear S2 instead of Android, and that the round smartwatch will have a display resolution of 360×360 pixels.

Daily Mail also noted that the new wearable will have various sensors on board, including a barometer and a sensor that will measure the wearer’s heart rate. It will also be capable of connecting to a Wi-Fi network as well as load maps faster with the onboard Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) chip.

Mashable speculated that the Tizen OS means that the Gear S2 can only be paired with smartphones by Samsung and not other brands.