Samsung Electronics had originally teased the Gear S2 smartwatch at the Galaxy Note 5 launch event in July last year, but the device was eventually unveiled by the company at the IFA trade show in Berlin later in the year. As it turned out, Samsung introduced not just one, but as many as three different versions of the Gear S2, namely, the Gear S2, Gear S2 Classic and Gear S2 3G. While the first two variants come with only Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, the Gear S2 3G comes with cellular connectivity, as is evident from the name. The devices have been on sale in many markets around the world for a while now, and just last week, Samsung launched two of the three models in India, with the 3G variant remaining conspicuous by its absence.
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Now, barely a few months after the devices were initially unveiled, Samsung has announced the launch of a couple of new options which are different from the ones that have been on offer from the South Korean consumer electronics giant thus far. According to the company’s press release, there will be two new colors for the Gear S2 Classic smartwatch to add to the models already available in the market. While the company is promoting these new options as ‘New Edition’, the reality is that the internals remain completely identical with the regular Gear S2 Classic – and it’s not just the internals either. Even the build material apparently remains stainless steel, so the only real ‘new’ part happens to be the colors, but Samsung is apparently also introducing some new watch faces, including some from graffiti and visual artistes, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Talking about the new colors, the device is now available in in Platinum and 18K Rose Gold plating, which are applied over the standard stainless steel body. The ‘New Edition’ devices have apparently already been introduced in China, but in its press release, Samsung didn’t reveal anything about its global release plans nor did it mention anything about the pricing. The company also claims that it is looking to increase the number of apps available for its Gear S2 watches by partnering with more developers, which, according to Samsung, will “offer an expanded application ecosystem that complements multiple lifestyles”.