The Samsung Gear S2 is arguably one of the most important milestones in smartwatches this year: it is the first mass produced smartwatch that can work independently from your smartphone in its 3G model.
While Samsung officially unveiled the Gear S2 at IFA 2015, up until today, we had no details about its price or release date. Thanks to some inside sources leaking information, though, those details are now showing up: the Gear S2 will allegedly make its official debut on October 2nd in the United States. This is the release date for the regular Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic, while the 3G version will arrive later on.
Limited availability for 3G Gear S2
What's particularly interesting (and disappointing to many) is that the 3G model of the Gear S2, the one that can work independently from your phone, will only be sold in the United States and Korea. So far, we have no details whether this limited availability is due to carrier constraints, and whether you would be able to import a Gear S2 3G from the US/Korea and have it work with an e-SIM in your country, but some comments from Samsung executives suggest that support for e-SIM is still not widespread in Europe, and that's one of the reasons for the limited availability of that particular version.
When it comes to prices, here is the breakdown:
Samsung Gear S2: $350
Samsung Gear S2 3G model: $400
Samsung Gear S2 Classic: $400
Basically, this puts the Gear S2 on par with the Apple Watch Sport model, Apple's most affordable and most popular timepiece. Which one of the two would you prefer?