Let's be honest: It's taken Samsung a good long while to come up with a smartwatch that's actually worth buying. But now that it has, the company is ready to expand the Gear S2 line with new designs furnished in precious metals.
Samsung's latest Tizen-powered watches are an extension of the Gear S2 Classic, the more traditional-looking of the two Gear S2 models. Like the regular Gear S2 it's got a rotating bezel for navigating through lists and menus, but it packs this functionality into a body that'll take a standard 20mm fastening.
The new rose gold and platinum models take the bones of the Gear S2 and transform it into a more lustrous smartwatch with a more feminine look — in stark contrast to the masculine appearance of most smartwatches. The 18K rose gold model is paired with a white genuine leather strap, while the more muted (but still very, very shiny) platinum comes with black leather.
It's a different beast on the outside, but the watch still works just like any other Gear S2, down to the circular UI and two-to-three-day battery life. Meanwhile, Samsung is ramping up its designer partnerships for Gear S2 watch faces, with designs from Keith Haring, Jean-Michael Basquiat, Jeremyville and Burton Morris arriving alongside the new Gear S2 Classic variants.
While Samsung hasn't announced pricing details just yet, both new Gear S2 models will launch globally in February.
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