Samsung will continue Gear S2 and S2 Classic sales, update with latest software

By | 31st August 2016

Keeping old models will fill out the wearable lineup.

When the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic are released later this year, they won't be taking store shelf space away from the Gear S2 — all four watches will sit together along with the Gear Fit 2 as important components of Samsung's wearable ecosystem. Going a step further, the Gear S2 models will also be receiving an update by the end of the year with all of the new features being shown off on the Gear S3s — and considering that the Gear S2's hardware is more than capable even a year on, they should be able to handle the software just fine.

Read: Gear S3 Frontier and Classic hands-on preview

As a quick refresher, here's the breakdown of the specs of the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic, and how they compare to the Gear S2:

CategoryGear S3Gear S2
Screen size1.3-inch circular AMOLED
360x360 resolution
Gorilla Glass SR+
1.2-inch circular AMOLED
360x360 resolution
ProcessorDual-core 1GHz ExynosDual-core 1GHz Exynos
RAM768MB512MB
Storage4GB4GB
Operating systemTizen Wearable OSTizen Wearable OS
Battery380 mAh250 mAh
ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, MST
LTE optional (Frontier)
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC
3G optional
ResistanceIP68
MIL-STD 810G (Frontier)
IP68
Case size46 mm42 mm
Band size22 mm22 mm (Classic)
Dimensions46 x 49 x 12.9 mm, 62 g (Frontier)
46 x 49 x 12.9 mm, 57 g (Classic)
42.3 x 49.8 x 11.4 mm, 47g

Naturally the Gear S2 and S2 Classic are expected to receive price cuts, making them more competitive options against many smartwatches that previously undercut them by anywhere from $50 to $100. Having the older models around also makes sense from a style perspective, with the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic going in a different direction from the more sporty Gear S2, and being notably larger than last year's models.

Price and size both factor into keeping the Gear S2 available

Anyone with smaller wrists or just a simpler taste will still be far better off getting the Gear S2 in terms of fit, without being worried about missing out on features — and you can save some money in the process. At the same time for the extra money there's a clear improvement in screen size and battery life on the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic, as well as some new designs that may speak to you.

With these five wearables all standing together, Samsung is going beyond the idea of just releasing one product and iterating it each year — with different update cadences and a diverse portfolio, it can hit an even wider market. That may just be the best shot it has to grow its market share in wearables.