Last month, during the Unpacked 5 event, Samsung introduced its flagship smartphone for 2014, the Galaxy S5, along with three new wearable devices. Even though the Koreans didn’t reveal the Gear 2 and Ger Fit pricing and availability for the US market, we might get an idea after their price was revealed in Taiwan.
As Samsung officially announced the Gear 2 and Gear Fit in Taiwan, they also revealed the pricing of the two wearables, which isn’t that far off from the original Galaxy Gear. The Samsung Gear Fit, a smart wristband with curved OLED screen and aimed at the more active users, has been priced at 5,990 TWD, which is about $195.On the other hand, the Samsung Gear 2, which is the Tizen-powered successor of the Galaxy Gear, has a price tag of 8,990 TWD, or roughly $295. As you may have noticed, Gear 2′s price is pretty close to Galaxy Gear’s price at the launch.
It’s interesting though that, during the Samung press event in Taiwan, the price of the Gear 2 Neo is nowhere to be found, which might indicate that the Korean company might have performed changes in its lineup. The only differences between the Gear 2 and Gear Neo is the absence of the camera and color options for the later one. Maybe Samsung is plannin*g to launch the Gear 2 Neo only in select markets in order to cut down the costs of maintaining a separate device line.
On the Taiwanese market, the Samsung Gear Fit will only be available in black, while the Gear 2′s color options will be limited to black and orange.
Even though the Gear 2 is nearly as expensive as its predecessor, the Tizen-powered smartwatch has a more polished look, better hardware, and more sensors, which might be a reason for the high price tag. Anyway, we might see Gear 2′s price cut off in the next few moths, as Samsung will have to withstand the heavy competition of the Android Wear smartwatches.