One of the highlights of IFA 2015 was Samsung’s new Gear S2 circular smartwatch, which comes with a unique rotating bezel and custom interface, which is unlike any other smartwatch. If you’ve been waiting to hear when it’ll launch, the wait is over: the Korean OEM has announced the Gear S2 will launch on November 12th in the UK, with pre-orders opening on October 29.[related_videos align=”left” type=”custom” videos=”650695,646865,648417,644371″]The wearable will cost from £249.00 depending on the version you buy, which is an attractive price given that it’s closest competition – the Moto 360 2nd Gen, Huawei Watch and Apple Watch – all cost significantly more. If this price isn’t as appealing to you, Samsung has an interesting promotion for you; head down to Westfield, London (White City) and you could win one of 10 Gear S2 smartwatches or one of three Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones.
To put its range of devices in front of more people and allow potential customers to experience the Gear S2 along with Galaxy smartphones and the new Gear VR, Samsung has today launched the Galaxy Studio. Built across four key areas (Design, Life, Music, Multimedia), the Galaxy Studio brings together Samsung’s range of mobile devices and runs from today (October 23rd) until November 3rd.
Chong-Won Lim, Head of Product Marketing, IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland said:
“At Samsung we pride ourselves on having led the wearables category over the past few years. The Gear S2 is a landmark smartwatch for us – combining a stunning design with market leading technology and we want to show people just how much we think this device will enhance their everyday lives. This is why we are delighted to be bringing the full Gear S2 experience, as well as Samsung’s other latest products, to Westfield’s customers in our experiential Galaxy Studio today.”
The Gear S2 will be available in two models: Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic. The former features a sporty band and will cost £249.00 with either, a Dark Gray case and band or a Silver case with White band, while the latter will cost £299.00 in a Black case with a Leather band. For more information on Samsung’s latest wearable, check out our full Gear S2 review below.
‘WATCH’ THIS SPACE….SAMSUNG GALAXY STUDIO UNVEILED AT WESTFIELD WHITE CITY
Experiential pop-up giving visitors a sneak preview of the Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch as pre order date is confirmed for 29th October
LONDON, UK – 23rd October 2015 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that its new experiential showcase, the Samsung Galaxy Studio, is now open to customers. The Studio, which will be open from Friday 23rd October to Tuesday 3rd November, in Westfield White City’s Main Atrium gives visitors the chance to experience Samsung’s new intuitive wearable experience, the Gear S2 smartwatch and other never seen before in the UK devices.
Visitors will be able to explore a host of different zones (all housed within a circular structure celebrating the design of the watch), including Life, Music, and Multimedia rooms, to try out and enjoy the latest additions to Samsung’s product portfolio including the innovative new Gear S2 in new and exciting ways. In addition, there will be 10 Gear S2 smartwatches and three of Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy S6 Edge, up for grabs for lucky visitors to win over the course of the 12 days the Studio is open.
Visitors to the Studio will experience the following:
- DESIGN: explore Samsung’s collaboration with other brands to deliver the ultimate smartwatch experience with the Gear S2
- LIFE: get a glimpse of how the Gear S2 could fit into their lives with the chance to try out the smartwatch for themselves. Plus, guests can try out Samsung’s mobile payment service, Samsung Pay, for the first time in the UK through the Gear S2
- MUSIC: music lovers can listen to special guest DJs through Samsung’s LEVEL headphones
- MULTIMEDIA: Experience a world like no other through virtual reality technology including the UK’s first look at the third edition of Samsung VR device
The Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, which will be available to pre order from 29th October, combines a versatile, circular design with a host of advanced features that allow users to enhance and personalize their mobile experience. Packing the latest Tizen OS into a sleek, 11.4-millimeter thin design, the Gear S2 allows users to access messages and content quickly and easily from their wrist. Samsung’s Gear S2 is available in two different designs – the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic giving tech fans a choice when it comes to picking a smartwatch that suits their personal style. Both designs feature a 1.2-inch circular screen and 360 x 360 resolution, to offer an incredible viewing experience.
Available for pre order from 29th October at the Samsung online shop, the Gear S2 will then be landing from the 12th November in selected high street retailers.
Commenting on the thinking behind the showcase experience, Chong-Won Lim, Head of Product Marketing, IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland said, “At Samsung we pride ourselves on having led the wearables category over the past few years. The Gear S2 is a landmark smartwatch for us – combining a stunning design with market leading technology and we want to show people just how much we think this device will enhance their everyday lives. This is why we are delighted to be bringing the full Gear S2 experience, as well as Samsung’s other latest products, to Westfield’s customers in our experiential Galaxy Studio today.”
The Samsung Gear S2 will have an RRP of £249.00, and be available in a Dark Gray case with a Dark Gray band and Silver case with a White band. The Samsung Gear S2 Classic will have an RRP of £299.00, and will be available in a Black case with a Leather band. [/press]