Samsung introduced us to the Gear S back in August, showing off its new wearable that sports a gigantic 2-inch display and its own cellular connection. Fast-forward to today and Sammy has revealed when those of us in the US will be able to slap a Gear S on our wrist.
The Samsung Gear S will launch in the US on November 7. It’ll be sold in black and white and will be at all four major US carriers as well as Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy. Here’s how the carriers plan on pricing Samsung’s Gear S:
- AT&T: Sales begin November 7, priced at $199.99 with a two-year contract and $10 per month on Mobile Share plan.
- Sprint: Sales begin November 7, priced at $0 down and 24 payments of $16 per month ($384 total). Plan pricing is $10 per month on Family Share Pack, but Sprint will waive that fee through December 2015 on 20GB or higher plans.
- T-Mobile: Sales begin November 9, pre-orders start today. Pricing is set at $0 down and 24 payments of $14.58 each ($349.92 total). Standalone plan is $5 per month for unlimited talk and text and 500MB of data.
- Verizon: Pricing will be set at $349.99.
The Samsung Gear S has a 2-inch 480×360 Super AMOLED display and its own cellular connection, meaning that it can make calls reply to notifications and send emails without having a phone nearby. The Gear S also packs a 1GHz dual-core processor, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, a 300mAh battery and the Tizen mobile operating system, all crammed into an IP67-rated dust and water resistant body.
It’s nice to see that the Samsung Gear S is finally heading to the US and that it’ll be widely available. Its pricing may be a bit high for some folks, though it’s also not terribly surprising considering the Gear S’s big screen and cellular connection. Smartwatches are only starting to take off with mainstream consumers, so we’ll have to wait and see how they react to the pricey Gear S.