One of the biggest problems with the original Samsung Galaxy Gear was its sky-high £299 price tag that saw consumers completely turn off the Samsung smartwatch.
Despite rumours that the second-generation Gear 2 would be considerably cheaper than the original model, Samsung doesn’t seem to have learnt its lesson when it comes to smartwatch pricing.
According to notoriously accurate Samsung tipster, Sammobile, the Gear 2 will cost €299, which will equate to around £250.
The Gear 2 Neo, which lacks a camera and features interchangeable wrist straps, will apparently cost €199 (approx. £165), but a comment beneath the original Twitter post claims it will be priced at €279 (£230).
What’s particularly interesting is that the leak suggests the fitness-focused Samsung Galaxy Fit will also retail for the same €199 price as the Gear 2 Neo.
The device is mainly designed to be your fitness friend and only offers select smartphone functionality in comparison to the smartwatch Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo duo.
To price it so high could alienate its potential market. It does have increased functionality over rivals like the Nike Fuelband SE, FitBit Force and Misfit Shine due to its in-built heart rate monitor, but doesn’t quite go as far as the Polar fitness watch alternatives to justify the lofty price tag.
Some may find the curved OLED display appealing, but that price tag may see Samsung having quite the hard sell – despite the initial excitement for the fitness band.
We’ve contacted Samsung to see if there’s any official information.
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