Samsung reveals Gear 2 smartwatch and Gear Fit fitness band price and release date details
Samsung has revealed official pricing and release date details for its new Gear 2 smartwach and Gear Fit fitness band.
Samsung isn't shy about flooding the market with multiple similar devices in the quest of trying to give consumers as many options as possible. The company has done it in the smartphone market for years and recently applied the logic to its tablet game by launching the S Pen-packing Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro. Customers who want a more hands on approach will likely go for the Galaxy Tab Pro and for users who prefer to use a stylus on steroids, the Galaxy Note Pro has that down with its S Pen.
When Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 3 last September, it also introduced its first smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. Samsung managed to get a lead on Apple and Google, but the Galaxy Gear failed to gain any traction with consumers, reviews were poor and it reportedly had an extremely high return rate.
Samsung isn't going to let the Galaxy Gear ruin its smartwatch future, especially now that Google entered the market with Android Wear and the LG G Watch. The company launched the Gear 2 smartwatch and Gear Fit fitness tracker alongside the Galaxy S5. Samsung has just announced pricing and release date details for its wearables.
The Gear 2 and Gear Fit will go on sale April 11 and will retail for $295 and $197. Samsung initially said that the Gear 2 would be cheaper than the Galaxy Gear, but that's not the case. The Gear 2 has also dropped the Galaxy moniker since Samsung swapped out Android and is now using its Tizen OS to power the Gear 2. The smartwatch gets much better battery life than its predecessor who only managed to last one day on a charge, while the Gear 2 can now last between two and three days. Samsung has also tweaked the design, making for a lighter and slimmer smartwatch.
The Gear Fit is more focused on health fitness, but is able to receive notifications like texts a and calls. The device includes a heart rate monitor, pedometer, timer, and stopwatch. The Gear Fit will last around three to four days of normal use.
The Gear 2 and Gear Fit will join the Samsung Galaxy S5, which also just happens to get released on April 11.