Samsung will release a newer version of its 3G-connected Gear S2 – Gear S2 Classic 3G sometime in March 2016 and the device will have an electronic SIM card as against the traditional SIM card. An e-SIM is a built-in, programmable SIM that lets you connect to the network of your choice without having to acquire a dedicated SIM card first. The device will be the first mainstream connected wearable that ditches the old technology in favor of its all-digital replacement. The design change will help the device save some space as the old technology nano-SIM requires some space which could otherwise be used for the device battery. The device is expected to be available in stores sometime in March 2016, and has already gotten the approval of the GSMA and various global carriers that support the standard.
The Gear S2 classic 3G has a 1.2-inch 360×360 circular AMOLED touchscreen, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, wireless charging support, and a 300 mAh battery. It runs the company’s Tizen-based wearable platform. It’s IP68 certified for dust and water resistance, and it comes with a bunch of sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate monitor, barometer, and ambient light detection.
The Gear S2 classic 3G will become available in the US in black on March 11. It will be offered by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.