Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G arrives March 11

Beginning March 11, the Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G/4G will be on sale at AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

The fashion-forward, Tizen-based smartwatch does not need to be connected to a nearby smartphone, making it easy to keep in touch and stay online. The black leather-strapped timepiece features a 360-by-360 Super AMOLED display, 4GB storage and 512MB RAM, a 300mAh Li-ion battery that charges wirelessly, and, of course, 3G/4G connectivity.

Users can make and receive calls, read emails, check notifications, track health and fitness, listen to music, and make voice commands.

“By bringing together fashionable design and connected functionality, this smartwatch gives consumers the freedom to leave their phones behind while enjoying a stylish, classic design,” Gary Riding, senior vice president of Samsung product marketing, said in a statement.

AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon will individually confirm pricing and availability.

The Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G is also the first device to include the GSMA’s new eSIM standard, which lets people swap carriers without physically swapping SIM cards. The standard applies to smartwatches, fitness bands, and tablets; a version for smartphones is coming in June, The Verge reports.

Carriers that are backing the GSMA’s new standard at the moment include AT&T, CK Hutchison, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, EE, KDDI, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Rogers, SFR, Sprint, Telefónica, Telenor, TeliaSonera, Telstra, TIM, Transatel, Verizon, and Vodafone.

Apple has offered a version of this SIM swap tech in its iPads since 2014.

For more, see PCMag’s review of the non-cellular Samsung Gear S2 classic smartwatch and the slideshow above.

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