The round, stylish Tizen timepiece will apparently indeed rival Apple Watch retail costs stateside starting early October.
Previewed and teased since August, officially unveiled ahead of IFA 2015 a couple of weeks back, and tipped to go on sale in Europe sometime next month, the Samsung Gear S2 faces an uphill battle to become popular in the mainstream tech décor.
If wearable devices in general still feel like a hard sell for prudent consumers unwilling to follow the hottest trends before proving their utility, trying to dethrone the market’s budding leader at a similar price point seems a mission right up Tom Cruise’s alley. Impossible, exactly.
But credible sources tell us the Android-compatible smartwatch shall command a tariff of $350 and up in the US, so clearly, Samsung believes in the Gear S2 more than us skeptics. The one distinguishing feature of the circular contraption, namely standalone 3G connectivity, will of course add a few extra bucks to the equation.
$50, to be specific, bringing the grand total of the Gear S2 3G bill to $400. $400, mind you, is also the market valuation of the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-limited Gear S2 Classic. All three models will sport 1.2-inch 360 x 360 Super AMOLED displays, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage space, IP68 water resistance, and a slew of sensors, promising to closely monitor your vitals, and help you stay fit.
Non-3G Gear S2s reportedly carry 250 mAh juice, with a larger 300 mAh battery fitted inside the voice call-enabled configuration to ensure comparable endurance numbers of up to two days. Oh, and you’ll get Samsung Pay support as well, at least in America and South Korea.
Incidentally, those two are also the only countries where Samsung plans to sell the Gear S2 3G in, starting soon after the October 2 US launch of the standard Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic.