Official Gear 2, Gear Fit pricing aligns nicely with earlier leaks
This week’s announcement of Google’s Android Wear project has very much shaken up our expectations when it comes to smartwatches, but before those get here and we have a chance to gawk over round displays on models like the Moto 360, we still need to see the retail arrival of some pre-Wear models. Samsung revealed the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit back at MWC last month, but wasn’t sharing pricing information at the time. We heard some rumors that suggested the Gear 2 might sell for around $300, with the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit coming in close to $200. Now, as Samsung begins to provide official pricing for this hardware, we get to see just how close those numbers were.
From the looks of things, they largely on the money. Our official pricing comes to us from Taiwan, where Samsung revealed what it’s charging for the Gear 2 and Gear Fit (no word on Gear 2 Neo at the moment). Converting the currency, we end up with prices of around $293 and $195, respectively – that’s pretty darn close. And unless we’re wildly off the mark here, that has us thinking that the rumored Gear 2 Neo price is similarly accurate.
Granted, this still doesn’t confirm US pricing, but it’s our best evidence yet. A few weeks back we were worried that these new Gear devices were overpriced; with this much-more-compatible Android Wear lineup on the horizon, we’re doubly worried. Samsung is going to have to market the heck our of these guys if it wants to convince shoppers they’re worth snatching up at these prices now.
Update: AT&T’s got US pricing, including the Gear 2 Neo.