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Samsung Gear S2, S2 3G and Gear S2 Classic price and release date

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Samsung Gear S2, S2 3G and Gear S2 Classic price and release date

The Samsung Gear S2 is the new family of smartwatches that Samsung unveiled at IFA 2015, and given the relatively slow build-up of momentum, the Gear S2 was a real bomb of an announcement.

The presence of a very straight-forward, easy-to-grasp user interface with a widely praised rotating bezel navigation mechanism and a fully independent 3G option of the watch, the Gear S2 has the makings of a true winner.

There is one key factor that will ultimately affect its sales significantly: price.

The official prices for the Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic are now official, along with release dates for the devices. Here's how it all looks so far:

  • Samsung Gear S2 price: €379 in Germany (expected to be €349 in other markets, retail price in the US expected to be $349)
  • Samsung Gear S2 release date: October 2015
  • Samsung Gear S2 3G price: not announced yet
  • Samsung Gear S2 3G release date: after Gear S2
  • Samsung Gear S2 Classic price: €449 in Germany
  • Samsung Gear S2 Classic release date: October 2015
As you can see, the 3G, fully independent version of the Gear S2 smartwatch was not at IFA 2015 and Samsung gave no official details about which carriers will offer it, nor how much will it cost. Since, we're dealing with the busy Holiday shopping season, though, it's reasonable to expect that Samsung will try to get the Gear S2 3G on store shelves by the end of November.

Are you getting one of the new Gear S2 smartwatches? Which one is your favorite?

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posted on 07 Sep 2015, 06:22 10

1. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)

Not Bad.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 06:33 6

2. hateftotti (Posts: 205; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Can't wait to try Classic one

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 06:36 6

3. Tarox (Posts: 114; Member since: 17 Feb 2015)

can't wait to try both models. However, I my favorit would have been the classic with 3G. Too bad this model isn't comming.
3G is realy nice to finaly leave the phone completely at home while doing sport or going out and so on. But the classic is looking way hotter to me.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 06:50 2

4. Feanor (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

Too expensive for the watch that looks the cheapest out of all the smartwatches that were presented at IFA. Somehow I feel that Samsung can't get their design right. They had to rip off iPhone for the first Galaxy S, then the Sony design to get the S6 just about right and now, though relatively original in design, this Gear S2 looks like the Swatch of the smartwatch family. And it looks like it should cost around $200. Even the Classic one.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 07:53 6

8. kevin91202 (Posts: 599; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)

"They had to rip off iPhone for the first Galaxy..." -Feanor

Please explain.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 10:11

16. Feanor (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

Just google "iPhone 3G vs Samsung Galaxy S"
Tech guys may overplay the differences but to common people the Samsung looks immediately like a ripoff. Since then the smartphone designs have become more diverse but the first Galaxy S was clearly "inspired" by the iPhone. Samsung smartphones looked quite different before the Galaxy S, particularly the Wave line.
Samsung is quite a pioneer in technology but in design most of the time they have to orientate to a competitor. Is there anyone who believes that the glass and metal design of the S6 is original idea from Samsung?

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 12:35 2

21. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

In that thinking you would say that all phones are copies of the first rectangular phone they're all inspired from the first phone how else you supposed to make a phone I've already tried round circles Orbis every design they could think of

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 13:11 3

27. willard12 (unregistered)

Just google "Samsung F700."

Apple's last and final design patent was just knocked down for being prior art. Meaning, the design already existed. However, I'm guessing we'll be waiting a long time before you acknowledge apple has "never been ashamed to steal great ideas from others."- steve jobs

Your opinion regarding looks is something you are entitled to. But, it is nothing more than your own personal, individual, singular, and meaningless opinion. The reviewers on this site that you chose to come to as well as other sites, who have seen the devices in person, differ from your opinion. So, in the end, it is up to everyone to form their own opinion regarding looks.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 15:41 1

30. Feanor (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

Wow, cool, I didn't know about this F700! You're right.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 18:05 1

31. willard12 (unregistered)

+1 on this post

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 12:58 1

26. tedkord (Posts: 14121; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I'll explain. He hates Samsung, and really hates that the Gear S2 is getting such overwhelmingly positive reactions, and was the runaway hit of IFA.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 07:46

33. k4ever (Posts: 227; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)

Don't worry, someone from Apple's PR department or fandom will read the manual on the Gear S2, find some random warning that Samsung put in the manual, then blow it up as the next "_gate."

The Galaxy Note 4 received overwhelming positive reviews. Then an apparent Apple fan (of Apple's PR department) reads the Note 4's manual and notices a warning about a gap in-between the screen and frame and all of a sudden we have "Gapgate." Low information Apple fans jump on the bandwagon, not realizing that the gap is on ALL PHONES as part of the manufacturing process (and incidentally is in the manual for all of the Galaxy Note phones, so why no complaints about the Notes 1, 2, and 3?).

The Galaxy Note 5 received overwhelming positive reviews. Then an apparent Apple fan (or Apple's PR department) goes through the Note 5's manual and notices a warning about how putting the S-Pen in backwards would damage your phone, and now we have "Pengate." Cue the low information Apple fans again jumping on the bandwagon claiming that this is a "major design flaw." Some even claimed that Samsung changed the S-Pen design on the Note 5 because "you couldn't do this with previous Notes" and they knew because they "owned the Note 4." This is a flat out lie because you can insert the pen in backwards on the Note 4 and, if I remember right, on the Note 3. I know this because I actually own a Note 4 now and owned a Note 3.

So, give them time. Their hatred of a tech product that is not made by Apple receiving praise will quickly turn to lies and false "gates." Meanwhile iPhones have caught fire under peoples pillows, crashed when receiving a simple text messages, stopped receiving/sending calls when you held it in your hand (the wrong way), bent in your front pocket when you sat down, crashed more than any other phone on the market, and have taken blurry pictures. The Apple Watch gets ugly scratches when you use it. However, we know that's the users fault and not Apple's. I would say more about the Apple Watch but apparently I am one of the few people on the planet who actually owns one (I got it as a gift from someone who didn't know I don't own an iPhone).

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 09:21 2

11. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

I disagree, the Moto looks the most tacky easily. The Huawei watch looks expensive but it looks huge!

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 09:34 12

12. DRS1977 (Posts: 519; Member since: 27 May 2015)

Apple ripped off the Ativs S for the iPhone 6. Apple ripped off pull down notifications from Android. Apple ripped off making a square smartwatch from Samsung. Apple ripped off the round icons from 2013 Tizen for the Apple watch. Apple ripped off making a larger phone from the Note series. Apple steals and rips off other companies with almost every single product they make.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 11:13

18. nctx77 (Posts: 2401; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

The iPhone 6 look like an iPod. As for the Apple watch, square is a shape, not a design. Watches historically are round or square. Samsung does not own square. As for design, it look nothing like those cheap looking Gear watches. Round icons? Dude give me a break.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 12:43 3

23. DRS1977 (Posts: 519; Member since: 27 May 2015)

The Apple watch looks like a cheap Chinese knock-off LED watch. Apple blatantly ripped off the Ativ S. Apple has no imagination, all they do is copy and steal from others. Steve Jobs even praised his own stealing ways. People who wear Apple watches look like losers with an ugly computer on their wrists.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 11:07

17. nctx77 (Posts: 2401; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

+1 on this post!

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 12:22

19. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)

Samsung have to price its items retail price so high. Even they know most of their product will have to go on discount to attract customers. Any of their product at the same price point of Apple is losing sales. Just wait for this on discount. Their last gen smartwatch started at $350, now its $100 brand new on ebay. Talk about devaluation of a product.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 13:15 2

28. willard12 (unregistered)

The Gear S is $100 on ebay, brand new? You may want to change your name to BSloverNYC.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 12:30

20. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

That's how I felt about your mother last night as well but at least this is the best of all products unfortunate for your mother you would not the best of her products get a life and stop trolling and hating doesn't matter who it works on a who it's from if they bring new ideas and a better way to implement it's better for us tech people it will always take a while to find its place this one has found its place and a lot of people's hearts

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 07:11

5. joevsyou (Posts: 1038; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

samsung need to offer some free testdrives to people for a week

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 07:27 1

6. joey18 (Posts: 597; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)

Is not for me tizen new interface no android apps fail

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 10:08 4

15. Drsarcastic (Posts: 134; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)

No android apps? Im sorry to tell you this but android wear has the WORST apps. Im glad it doesn't.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 07:50

7. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Not very competitive price, for example G Watch Urbane costs €350 and below where I live, and it looks much more expensive (and imo much better) than either of these.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 08:43 5

9. TerryTerius (unregistered)

I honestly expected they'd cost a bit more.

Eh, screw it. I'll pick up one of each and a Huawei Watch. Sell them or give them away when the new ones come out. They're all too attractive to not sit in my wardrobe and switch up at my leisure.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 09:53

14. Ruturaj (Posts: 1483; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)

But gear 2 (and might be neo too) had same internal specs,this watch has new software, for which IMO Samsung should not charge much. I really liked how Asus Zenwatch, gear 2, gear neo and moto 360 were priced. Even Gear S for 300 made sense, with larger screen, 3G capability. I think the prices should have been like
$250 for gear S2
$300 got gear S2 classic and S2 3G

The cost it takes to build these watches and retail price doesn't make sense.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 12:43

24. TerryTerius (unregistered)

It also has different hardware due to the rotating bezel and new buttons. As well as the new form factor for Samsung.

There are a few things that you have to take into consideration looking that price. If all you factor in is the cost of materials and manufacturing then you're not looking at the actual cost of the device. There is R&D, engineering, labor, distribution and marketing. Not to mention things as aesthetics and brand.

And of course, there's the profit margin.

You have to remember when you see devices of any kind being sold for these rock bottom prices they are either being sold with razor thin profit margins, at cost, or at a loss. And it's usually the latter two. The overwhelming majority of companies that practice these lowball tactics are making next to nothing. As I've said many times before a, downward pressure and manufacturers competing to sell their devices for the lowest price possible is only going to cause significant harm in the long run. Volume isn't really feasible anymore and things cannot stand as they are because it isn't sustainable.

If I sell 1 phone priced at $750, you have to sell 3-4 priced at $250 for you to make the same profit. In a saturated market that is a terrible idea.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 08:01

34. k4ever (Posts: 227; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)

We can't complain about what Samsung charges for this when the Apple Watch is even more expensive and less capable (only works with Apple products, no 3G). I don't know what the cost breakdown is yet for manufacturing the Apple Watch, but I am sure that it is no wear near the $349 price tag for the cheapest model. Apple has made billions of dollars selling cheap, Chinese made phones to people for 5-6 times the phones' actual cost so let's not complain about others jumping on the overpriced bandwagon. If you can go from an obscure, has been of a company making expensive computers that nobody buys (and still don't buy) to the most valuable company in the world by selling gullible people a $199 cheap Chinese made phone for $700-1000 and convincing them that it is somehow "magical", what's stopping others from doing the same thing? "A fool and his money are soon parted" --Apple fans have proven this time and time again. So, since there are plenty of fools around to take money from, why not?

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 09:19

10. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Glad to see that the price isn't ridiculous. So the classic should cost about the same or less than the Huawei watch here in Canada. About $499 Canadia. Absokutely sold on the classic.

I had the Huawei watch on preorder but I cancelled it because I am not sold on the thickness. On paper it says 11.3mm which is perfectly fine, but it looks so huge and thick. Looks like 15mm. I will have to see it in person.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 09:35 2

13. DRS1977 (Posts: 519; Member since: 27 May 2015)

Sorry, but saying "October 2015", that is not a release date. They said that at the presentation. This is a non-story with nothing official.

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