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While Samsung might not have a Note-worthy announcement at IFA this year, the company still has a few tricks up its corporate sleeve. Not only is Samsung gearing up to go big with Internet of Things, we also expect a brand new circular smartwatch.

Dubbed the Gear S2, the circular watch is the next evolution the Gear family and hopes to bring a more premium experience alongside side a much more robust SDK and user interface. There’s still a lot of unknowns about the specific hardware and features offered by the S2, but two new filings from the FCC suggest the company will offer at least two models: “SM-R720” and “SM-R732”. While the former is said to simply be called the Gear S2, the latter may reportedly launch as the Gear S2 Classic.

So what are the differences here? Based on the FCC filings, both watches will require a connection to a phone to operate, so more than likely the differences are in the design and material choices. The “Classic” could be the metal-clad darling that we’ve seen in recent teasers from Samsung, while the standard could be of a cheaper material (plastic?) or perhaps simply sport a more modern look. It’s also possible there could be some additional minor differences in the hardware and software features.

With the Apple Watch doing fairly well and several new Android Wear watches on the way, can a circular premium Gear win the hearts of consumers? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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