Samsung’s Tizen-powered Gear S smartwatch is now hitting US carriers with pricing for both the watch and the plans revealed. The Gear S is Samsung’s latest smartwatch that features a 2-inch 480×360 curved AMOLED display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, 300mAh battery, IP67 water and dust rating and most importantly, the ability to connect to cellular networks, which gives it an advantage over many other smartwatches. The Gear S will be available on all four major carriers.
- Verizon is offering the Samsung Gear S for $349 on a two-year contract or $399 full retail. You can add the Gear S to a More Everything plan for an extra $5/month.
- AT&T is selling the Gear S for $199 on a two-year contract or $299 without. The Gear S can be added to a Mobile Share plan for an extra $10/month.
- Sprint is pricing the Gear S at $384 off-contract or 24 payments of $16. You can add the Gear S to a Family Share plan for $10/month, but if your plan has 20GB data or higher, Sprint will waive that fee through December 2015.
- T-Mobile will sell the Gear S for $349 or 24 payments of $14.58. T-Mobile will let you add the Gear S to any plan that offers unlimited talk, text, and at least 500MB data for an additional $5/month.
The Samsung Gear S is notable primarily because of its ability to connect to a cellular network, which hasn’t been found in other smartwatches. This allows you to make calls, send and receive texts, and receive and interact with other notifications that you have, all without a phone being connected to it. It should be noted, however, that you’ll need a Samsung phone in order to initially get the Gear S started and also to receive updates.
Are any of you planning to purchase a Gear S?