The world’s first circular Tizen smartwatch will apparently work with a slew of non-Samsung Android smartphones and go on sale next month on European shores for Apple Watch-rivaling tariffs.
Perhaps the clearest sign the globally prevalent iOS wearable isn’t doing nearly as well as Cupertino had hoped is the ever-increasing boldness of competing manufacturers. LG first charged $300 for a “luxury” Watch Urbane, then on came the Huawei Watch and Samsung Gear S2.
The former has gone up for pre-orders stateside at last, including through Amazon, where it starts at $350, which just so happens to be the introductory price of the Apple Watch. As for the Gear S2, Samsung was unusually tight-lipped in regards to retail costs upon taking the wraps off the stylish timepiece before IFA 2015, but we have every reason to expect similar numbers.
Namely, €379 in a handful of Western European markets, starting with Germany, €349 in the rest of the continent, and exactly $350 in North America. The Gear S2 Classic, meanwhile, should go for €449 in Germany, and presumably, between $420 and $450 in the US if it’s headed to the land of the free.
Finally, the cellular-enabled Gear S2 3G remains without official and unofficial pricing details, but it’ll obviously cost an arm and a leg. The most advanced variant’s ETA is up in the air too, though we know for sure the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-only Gear S2 and S2 Classic are due out on store shelves in October.
Speaking of Bluetooth, you’re probably dying to hear what handhelds you’ll be able to pair to the non-Android watches. Samsung Galaxy members are a no-brainer, but surprise, surprise, the Koreans are reportedly working to follow Google’s suit and add iPhone compatibility to Tizen.
Before cross-platform support can be achieved, the Gear S2 and S2 Classic will sync up to a number of Asus, HTC, Huawei, LG, Lenovo, Motorola, and Sony phones. The list of compatible models is unexpectedly hefty, and includes the ZenFone 2, HTC One, One M8 and M9, Huawei P8 and Ascend Mate 7, Lenovo Vibe Shot and X2 Pro, LG G Flex, G2, G3, G4 and Nexus 5, Moto X and Nexus 6, and Xperia Z2 and Z3. Way to brush ego aside, and focus on the bigger picture, Sammy!