But there’s good news for bargain hunters (and folks who say they’re willing to spend up to $200 on a smatwatch). Samsung has cheaper models this time around.
AT&T starts taking pre-orders for all three devices on March 21st and plans to ship the watches in early April.
If you buy a Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo at the same time as a Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone (which is also going up for pre-order this week), AT&T will also knock $50 off the price of the watch.
Both the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo feature 1.6 inch, 320 x 320 pixel displays, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, Bluetooth, IR ports, and sensors that can track your steps, sleep patterns, and heart rate. But the Gear 2 has a camera while the cheaper model does not.
The new smartwatches run software based on the open source Tizen Linux operating system and Samsung has released an SDK that developers can use to create Android apps that will communicate with the watches.
Samsung’s Gear Fit has a 1.84 inch curved 432 x 128 pixel display, activity-tracking sensors and the ability to display incoming phone calls and other notifications from your phone thanks to a Bluetooth connection.