Samsung loves to announce a new device, be it smartphone or smartwatch, wait a while and then bring out some additional colors. Customers that already made an earlier purchase sometimes get upset and those willing to wait are in for a treat. Samsung followed their usual pattern when they released their new Gear 2 Classic – a smartwatch designed for those that wanted a more traditional looking watch – it was only available in our favorite color, Black. At CES, Samsung announced two additional colors – 18k Rose Gold and Platinum and now it seems the additional colors will be arriving in Canada in the Spring. In a statement to MobileSyrup, Samsung said, “The new Gear S2 classic will be available in Rose Gold case with a Brown Genuine Leather band and in Platinum case with a Black Genuine Leather band by Spring 2016.”
Samsung really changed up their smartwatch style by going from rectangle to round. The Gear S2 also has a unique rotating bezel that makes navigation on the smartwatch fast and easy. By incorporating a home and back button, the face of the watch is readily available – not covered up by your finger every time you want to perform a task. Samsung refers to the Gear S2 Classic, which looks more like a normal watch, as “timeless.”
The new colored variants of the Gear S2 Classic have the same specs as the original. They come with a 1.2-inch circular AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. The brains of these smartwatches come via a dual-core 1.0 GHz processor and 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. The case is water and dust resistant thanks to its IP68 certification and the 250 mAh battery, which can be charged wirelessly and will typically last for 2-3 days, according to Samsung. The Gear 2 runs Samsung’s Tizen OS and is compatible with devices running the Android operating system 4.4 or higher, featuring at least 1.5GB of RAM. Later this year, Samsung plans to release an update for both the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic that will add support for iOS – a wise move on Samsung’s part. There is already NFC connectivity available to take advantage of Samsung Pay, but that feature cannot be be used at the moment.