Back in April this year, South Korean consumer electronics company, Samsung Electronics, unveiled its latest smartwatch, the Gear S2. Actually, the company unveiled not one, but as many as three versions of the device, namely, the Gear S2, Gear S2 Classic and Gear S2 3G. While two of those devices, the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic, come with only Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, the third version, Gear S2 3G, comes with 3G cellular connectivity, as evident from the name itself. The Gear S2 and S2 Classic have already gone on sale in the US and can be had from a variety of online and offline outlets including Samsung’s own website. The company has also released online videos on its official YouTube channel promoting its latest smartwatch range.
Now, reports indicate that Samsung’s latest range of smartwatches will soon be available for purchase in the UK. While the devices will be available for pre-order starting October 29th, they’ll actually be physically available in stores from the 12th of next month. As for the pricing of the latest range of smartwatches from Samsung, the base Gear S2 model will reportedly come with a price-tag of £249, whereas the Gear S2 Classic can be bought for £299. There’s no word at the moment about the UK availability of the 3G-enabled model, but last month, the vice president of Samsung UK’s mobile division, Mr. Conor Pierce, had revealed that the 3G variant is currently only reserved for the US and South Korea, and won’t be coming to British shores any time soon. Now whether eventually the device will be launched globally by Samsung is anybody’s guess, but it isn’t going to happen right now, by the looks of it.
As for a quick refresher of some of the tech specs of the devices, all variants of the Gear S2 come with circular 1.2-inch Super AMOLED displays. The Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic are powered by the Exynos 3250 SoC with a 1 GHz dual-core processor, while the 3G version is powered by the Snapdragon 400 SoC from Qualcomm. All variants come with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage and feature rotating bezels and two dedicated navigation buttons each, along with an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a PPG (heart rate monitor), an ambient light sensor and a barometer. The devices however, run on Tizen OS instead of Android Wear, and come with IP68 Certification, which renders them water and dust resistant.