Samsung’s new Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic are now available to pre-order in Canada. Best Buy is offering both models (without cellular connectivity), with prices starting at C$400 (approx. $301) for the standard Gear S2.
The Gear S2 classic, which has a slightly different casing that’s designed to look more like a traditional wristwatch, and a leather strap as standard, is priced at C$430 (approx. $324). Best Buy says both models will be available on Friday, October 2.
Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic have 1.2-inch Super AMOLED displays with 360×360 resolutions, and they’re powered by 1GHz dual-core Exynos processors, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and 250mAh batteries. They’re also water-resistant, and they pack NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity.
They’re also the first Samsung smartwatches that aren’t exclusively compatible with Samsung phones; they can also be used with a long list of Android devices from other manufacturers.
Samsung has confirmed its new devices with be available with cellular connectivity later on, allowing them to be used independently of a smartphone. However, Best Buy Canada isn’t currently taking orders for the cellular models.