It was just a week ago that Samsung Canada announced that the new Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic would be making their way to Canada in October. It looks like Best Buy let the date out of the bag by announcing that both models will be available on October 2. You can pre-order the Gear S2 in either Black or Silver for $399.99 with a plastic wristband and the Gear S2 Classic in Black with a leather band for $429.99 with an expected delivery date as October 2…and shipping is free.
Even though the Gear S2 watches all run Tizen OS, they are not only compatible with Samsung’s smartphones, but many other brands that run Android 4.4 or higher and feature at least 1.5GB of RAM. There are three total models – Gear S2, Gear S2 Classic and a Gear S2 3G, which will be coming out at an later date. With the Gear S2 3G, you will be able to call and use phone functions without being connected to a phone.
Samsung really changed up their smartwatch style and went from rectangle to round – these are Samsung’s first foray into a round smartwatch. It is also a first that it has a unique rotating bezel and Samsung smartly came out with two designs – the Gear S2 is a more “minimalistic and modern” style designed for the younger, active wearer. The Gear S2 Classic looks more like a classic wristwatch with an elegant black look and matching leather band…Samsung refers to the look as “timeless.” Samsung is hoping to grab sales from those of us that keep waiting for the ‘next smartwatch’ – and even the JK Shin, CEO and Head of Samsung’s IT & Mobile Business said it was their “most progressive innovation” with models to satisfy the user from “work to workout.”
Just as a reminder – the Samsung Gear S2 is thinner at 11.4mm with a ½-inch circular display with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels-per-inch (PPI). It is running Samsung’s own Tizen OS on its own Exynos dual-core processor clocked at 1.0GHz with 512MB of RAM and 4GB on internal storage. The 3G version has its own built-in e-SIM so no SIM card is necessary. The watches also have an NFC radio so they can use Samsung Pay to make purchases with your Gear S2. A 250mAh battery should give you 2-3 days between charges according to Samsung. The 3G version uses a 300mAh battery and is slightly thicker at 13.4mm. Of course they are IP68 dust and water resistant and it uses an accompanying dock to charge the battery.