Samsung introduced its second-gen Galaxy Gear – this time shortened to simply the “Gear 2” – over a week ago. News of the smartwatch arrived alongside that of the camera-less Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit fitness tracker. Samsung shared details about software features, product specs, and even confirmed that sales of these models would begin sometime in April; really, we had everything we could hope to know except for pricing. While we still haven’t seen any official numbers, some figures have managed to leak out this week, and assuming they’re in the right ballpark, it looks like this new hardware is once again going to be on the pricey side of things.
Supposedly, the Gear 2 will retail for about 300 EUR, while the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit would go for more like 200 EUR. Keep in mind, when we saw the first Galaxy Gear launch it had similar European pricing, yet only went for $300 in the US, rather than the $400-something we’d get if we used a straight-up currency equivalent. That has us thinking that the Gear 2 will also sell for $300 in the US, or $200 for the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit.
A tad expensive, maybe, but are these figures too high to attract shoppers? Well, the new Pebble Steel is also up there, hitting $250, but at least there’s always the original Pebble for $150. Truth be told, the Gear 2 Neo price doesn’t look that bad, and while $300 still feels a little high for the Gear 2 itself, if that quickly drops to $250 we’d be seeing the smartwatch in a much different light. Really, it’s the Gear Fit that might be the hardest sell; other trackers go for half that price, and even the Nike+ FuelBand SE is only $150. Will Samsung’s feature set be worth the difference? We’ll find out starting next month.