Samsung has unveiled an update to the Gear S2 smartwatch at CES 2016. According to Samsung, it will be bringing two new variants to the already existing Gear S2 classic. Interestingly, Samsung also mentioned that the Gear s2 will eventually be updated to support iOS devices some time this year.
Prior to the announcement of the new additions Gear S2 classic, consumers were only able to choose between the standard Gear S2 variant that comes in black and white or the Gear S2 classic that only comes in black. The Gear S2 classic will now be updated with either the 18-karat Rose Gold plated Gear S2 with an ivory-coloured leather band or the Platinum Plated Gear S2 with a black leather band.
In addition to that, Gear S2 smartwatches will also be getting new watch faces that feature artwork from Keith King, Jeremyville, Jean-Michael Basquiat and Burton Morris. Currently, the Gear S2 only has six available watch faces. Besides that, Samsung has added NFC technology to support Samsung Pay as well as adding more apps to the smartwatch.
The biggest, yet, briefly announced feature of the new Gear S2 smartwatch is that Samsung mentioned that it is planning to add iOS support to the Gear S2 later this year. It may not sound significant to existing Android users but, for some iOS users, the announcement gives them an alternative to the Apple Watch. Whether or not the Samsung and its Gear S2 will benefit from iOS support remains to be seen.
According to Samsung, the new Gear S2 classic variants will be made available in February 2016. Unfortunately, Samsung didn’t announce the price of the new Gear S2 variants but rest assured, it will be costly. More details regarding the Gear S2 and its newly announced variants can be found on Samsung’s website. Meanwhile, why not check out our review of the Gear S2 here.