When Samsung took the wraps off three new wearable devices at MWC in Barcelona and revealed they were based on Tizen OS, not Android, we all hoped this meant the pricing bar would be lowered. After all, the first-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch was elegant, nifty and surprisingly productive, but its blockbuster potential was greatly harmed by Sammy’s overly confident cost estimate: $300.
Now, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit, expected out in April, have unofficial but believable Europe-destined price tags, and it looks like the classic good news – bad news scenario. The good? The lower-end Gear 2 Neo watch and Gear Fit fitness-oriented smart band are allegedly to cost €199.
The bad? Exactly like its predecessor, the Gear 2 (mind you, it’s not the Galaxy Gear 2) will go for €300. That’s technically $410, but fret not, stateside it should be made available at $300. Just to be clear, before Samsung confirms them, the pricing tidbits are baseless speculations.
Only they come from a rock-solid source, Sam Mobile, so corroborating them with evidence will be a mere formality. In case you missed their introductions, the Gear 2 is a metal-made smartwatch with 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 MP camera, water and dust protection and heart rate sensor, the Gear 2 Neo is a tad smaller, lighter and less robust, also ditching the cam, while the Gear Fit sports a sleek 1.84-inch curved screen, plus an assortment of sensors and Bluetooth 4.0.
All three gizmos are compatible with around 20 Android-running Samsung smartphones and tablets, including the Galaxy S5, Note 2 and 3, S3 and 4, Note Pro, and the unreleased Tab 4 line.
Via [Sam Mobile Twitter]