According to an announcement from electronics retailer Mahesh Telecom, the Platinum and Rose Gold editions of Samsung’s Gear S2 Classic smartwatch have finally gone on sale in India, after having been launched globally back in January this year. Both the versions have been priced at Rs. 34,500 ($512) by Samsung, but retail prices are expected to be lower, as is almost always the case. The ‘New Edition’ models in Rose Gold and Platinum were launched globally back in January this year, and since then, has gone on sale in many regions around the world. Those wanting to buy either of the newly-launched variants need to remember that the hardware as well as the build materials on both these versions are identical to those of the original Gear S2 Classic, so the only thing that’s really different is the outer finish. Unlike the original Gear S2 Classic, the new models come in Platinum and 18K Rose Gold plating, which are applied over the standard stainless steel body.
Samsung launched its Gear S2 line of smartwatches back at the IFA trade show last year in the German city of Berlin, after having teased the device at the Galaxy Note 5 launch event in July earlier in the year. At IFA in September, Samsung unveiled not just one, but three variants of the smartwatch with slight differences in their hardware features. Named the Gear S2, Gear S2 Classic and Gear S2 3G, all three devices came with the sort of standard features that are to be expected from a modern-day smartwatch, but while the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic are strictly Bluetooth and Wi-Fi only, the Gear S2 3G features cellular connectivity.
While Samsung had launched the first two models in India back in January itself, it is only now that the newer models are making it to the country. With Samsung moving forward with the India launch of its latest Gear S2 models, the company has a lot on its plate currently, having just launched its latest premium smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge globally not so long ago. The devices have been praised almost universally by media and customers alike, and are reportedly selling “above expectations” in most markets around the world.