The Samsung Gear S2 officially launched in the US nearly two weeks ago, but that was just the Wi-Fi-only version. If you’d prefer the 3G model, we’re now starting to get an idea of when you’ll be able to strap one to your wrist.
Verizon and T-Mobile have announced their launch plans for the cellular-enabled version of the Samsung Gear S2. Verizon is now accepting pre-orders ahead of its November 6 launch, with pricing set at $299.99 with a two-year contract or $349.99 outright. Since it can make calls, send texts, and use data, you’ll also need to add the Gear S2 to your Verizon plan, which’ll cost $5 per month.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile plans to begin selling the Gear S2 on November 15. T-Mo’s pricing will be set at $0 down, 23 monthly payments of $15 apiece, and then 1 payment of $14.99, which adds up to a total cost of $359.99. As with Verizon, you’ll then need to pony up an additional $5 per month to add the Gear S2 to your existing T-Mobile smartphone plan.
To see the Gear S2 in action, check out our video review at the top of this post. The Gear S2 is Samsung’s first smartwatch with a round face, and it includes a 1.2-inch 360x360 Super AMOLED display as well as a unique rotating bezel that you can use to navigate through the UI. Speaking of which, the Gear S2 runs Tizen 2.3. The good news is that unlike Samsung’s past Tizen-powered wearables, the Gear S2 is compatible with any phone that’s got Android 4.4 or higher and at least 1.5GB of RAM.
Other Samsung Gear S2 specs include a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a bevy of sensors — including an accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, ambient light sensor, and barometer — a 300mAh battery, wireless charging, and a body that measures 44.0 x 51.8 x 13.4mm and is IP68 rated for resistance to dust and water.
So now that we’re starting to get pricing and availability details for the cellular Gear S2, are any of you thinking about buying?