Samsung releases Gear S2 Classic Rose Gold and Platinum smartwatches
It's still difficult to gauge whether or not the smartwatch is just a passing fad, but interest in this emerging technology is picking up. Having matured considerably over the past couple of years, many of the major tech firms have thrown their respective hats into the ring. Samsung, as ever, has churned out quite a few more devices than most other firms, but arguably struggled to capture the imagination of the consumer until the Gear S2 Classic delighted us with its traditional charm. As the name implies, the range takes the aesthetic form of a regular wristwatch -- a marked departure from the geeky wrist computer look of some of the Korean firm's initial efforts. Now, the global launch of the Rose Gold and Platinum versions are upon us, with the Chinese market enjoying first dibs.
First showcased at CES, the two new high-end options are somewhat akin to the Apple Watch Edition line. Apple's first-gen wearable boasts a number of finishes clad in precious metals for prices well into the tens of thousands, and now Sammy wants a share of the spoils.
With the Classic Edition Gear S2, there's now an 18K Rose Gold version, as well as a Platinum edition. The bands of these variants offer similarly luxurious finishes, with ivory leather for the Rose Gold, or a black leather strap for the Platinum variant.
As aforementioned, the top-tier Gear S2 is only available in China for the time being. But if you do have a sizable wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket and are willing to plow it into a fancy wearable, the new Classic Editions of the Gear S2 should reach other major markets in the near future.
If you'd like to see more of the Gear S2 Classic in Rose Gold and Platinum, be sure to check out our hands-on coverage.