The Gear S2 is Samsung's most stylish smartwatch yet, but there's nothing to indicate the obvious quite like an award. And in the case of the Gear S2, Samsung has won an award for its latest-generation smartwatch announced back in 2015.
The Korean giant took to its own Samsung Newsroom to proudly announce the news:
Samsung Electronics has been recognized by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) in its prestigious International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) competition. Samsung has won a total of five accolades including one Gold, two Silver and two Bronze awards. Twenty-one other Samsung products encompassing various categories ranging from home appliances to printers were also selected as finalists.
Of the bronze awards sits the Gear S2, Samsung's first circular smartwatch that is the start of a new design trend for Samsung. The other bronze award went to Samsung's SSD (solid state drive) T3 external drive. Samsung won a Silver medal for its Galaxy S6 edge, the smartphone that marked the turnaround in Samsung's smartphone design. Samsung's Galaxy S7 edge hails from the S6 edge, the first generation of dual-edge display smartphones. The other Silver medal went to Samsung's Gear 360 VR camera. The Gold award went to Samsung's Serif TV that is known for its camouflage abilities in any given living room.
The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2016 conference is an influential design competition in North America each year. Samsung's Gear S2 was demanded by 180,000 Chinese consumers in just 8 hours, with Samsung racking up more sales in the latest quarter gone by than its staunch rival, Apple, Inc. (this isn't the first time, either.) Samsung has filed trademarks for the Gear S3 Frontier and the Gear S3 Classic, with the Gear S3 Explorer as a third smartwatch moniker being tossed around.
The Korean giant has invited the press to its Gear S3 announcement, scheduled for August 31st.