Samsung has just announced the price for its new wearable devices: the Gear 2 and Gear Fit. The smartwatch will go on sale at 8,999 Taiwan dollars (approx. $295 at current exchange rates) and the fitness band will cost 5,990 Taiwan dollars (approx. $197). Both devices will go on sale from April 11, in the US and some parts of Asia.
The duo of wearables don’t seem cheaper and will face a strong competition. In fact, the wearable market is going to fill up with good products soon, and the South Korean manufacturer will have to deal not only with Pebble smartwatch or Sony Smartwatch 2 but also with the forthcoming Motorola and LG’s smartwatches based on Android Wear.
Strangely, there’s no information about the pricing and availability of Gear 2 Neo, a lighter version of the Gear 2 sans camera. According to close sources it should be retailed at a price tag of $250.
The Gear 2 runs Tizen OS unlike predecessor that runs Android. The Gear 2 camera and microphone are now repositioned to actual face of the watch, instead of strap. The device features the same 1.63-inch touch screen, 4GB internal storage and 512MB of RAM. However, the core of the smartwatch is now replaced with 1GHz processor. It also allows you to capture videos at 720p, and has a longer battery life.
The Gear 2 Neo shares same aesthetics except the camera that makes it little lighter than its big brother.
On the other hand, 27g Gear Fit features a curved Super AMOLED 1.84-inch screen with 432×128 resolution. The fitness belt allows you to check all standard notifications such as texts, calls and email notifications, but it primarily focuses on health with personal fitness coaching app, leveraging a heart rate monitor.