Samsung Electronics began the global launch of the Gear S2 Classic New Edition on January 25. China is the first country in which the device has been released, but the launch is set to continue across the globe early this year.
The unveiling of the upgraded version of Samsung's smartwatch at CES earlier this month. The reintroduction of the Gear S2 Classic takes the same design of the Gear S2 and incorporates high-end materials and two finishes: 18K Rose Gold and Platinum. The new 18K Rose Gold edition features rose gold plating (18K) and is sold with an Ivory Genuine Leather Band, while the Platinum version showcases platinum finishes with a Black Genuine Leather Band.
Additionally, Samsung is offering a new suite of watch faces that feature Peanuts characters and artwork by creatives such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Users can easily express their personality with a twist of the bezel. Moreover, in an effort to further improve the smartwatch?s user capabilities, Samsung has partnered with additional developers to offer an expanded application ecosystem that complements multiple lifestyles. New additions include the CNN and Bloomberg Gear S2 apps, while others like eBay, ESPN, Uber and Voxer are designed to enhance the convenience of the device.
Samsung hasn't provided a detailed breakdown of availability and prices, but we've seen the gold and platinum variants of the S2 Classic available for preorder for €480 in Europe.
This price tag might seem unusual at first glance, especially compared to Apple's rose gold smartwatch, which can set you back as much as $17,000 dollars.