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Gear S2 release tipped for Oct. 2 in U.S.

by Jacob Kleinman | September 15, 2015September 15, 2015 2:00 pm PDT

Samsung certainly piqued our interest when it unveiled the Gear S2 earlier this month. The company still hasn’t said when the device will be available to U.S. shoppers, though an internal training video may reveal the official release date.

It’s a long video, but at around 1 hour and 55 minutes the speaker reveals Samsung’s U.S. launch plans. It turns out the Gear S2 will be available from Verizon. AT&T and T-Mobile starting Friday, October 2. Sprint apparently won’t be included in the initial release, though it’s unclear why. Oh, and the cellular model won’t be available until a month later on Friday, November 6.

The video doesn’t include any information on pricing, though we do already know who much the Gear S2 will cost in Canada thanks to an early pre-order option. The Gear S2 is set to launch in Canada on the same day as its U.S. launch, and it costs C$400 (roughly $301 U.S.) for the standard smartwatch, or C$430 ($324 U.S.) for the classic.

Both models pack a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a 360 x 360-pixel resolution. Samsung also included a dual-core Exynos chip, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, a 250mAh battery, NFC and a water-resistant design. The Classic also gets a leather strap and a nicer overall design with a ridged version of the rotating bezel.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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