Samsung used the bulk of its second event at IFA 2015 in Berlin to reveal details about the upcoming Gear S2 smartwatch range, but ended the presentation with a surprise announcement of a new tablet named the Galaxy View.
No specs or features were given for the Galaxy View, but further information will arrive in October. However, a brief glimpse of the device appeared on-screen, and seemingly showed a large-sized tablet with an integrated kickstand, similar to that of the Surface 3.
The firm was much more forthcoming about the Gear S2 family, which was previously announced to include a standard model, a model with built-in 3G connectivity and the formal-styled Gear S2 Classic model.
Samsung confirmed that the watches' Samsung Pay integration will allow them to act as "travel passes" in certain countries, and that the feature will be coming to the UK, mostly likely as an Oyster card replacement for London's bus and underground rail services.
The Gear S2 range was also confirmed to be certified to the IP68 standard for waterproofing and dust-proofing. It will feature a Power Saving mode that disables apps, with the exception of the basic watch interface, and reverts to a greyscale screen in exchange for an extended battery life.
A newly announced feature is integration with the Samsung SmartThings Hub. Provided that the appropriate sensors are installed, a Gear S2 will be able to remotely check and manage door locks, light power use and thermostat readings. It will also be able to unlock the doors and turn on the air conditioning in certain BMW and VW ‘smart' cars.
No specific release date has been given, but the first Gear S2 models will launch in October. They will have at least 1.5GB of RAM, and will be compatible with smartphones running Android 4.4 or later.
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