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High demand for Gear S2, Korean preorders snapped up within two hours

Samsung’s first smartwatch with a circular display has created a lot of interest among consumers and technology experts alike. The company is gearing up to launch the Gear S2 in its home market Korea on October 2, and it appears that there’s high demand for the smartwatch.

The Gear S2 was up for pre-order in Korea through Samsung’s Gold Rush Gear S2 book sales, and 1,000 units were available for pre-booking. According to local media, all the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic units were pre-booked within 2 hours after the booking process went live. It is expected that the competition between the Gear S2 and the Apple Watch is going to be intense.

The Gear S2 runs Tizen operating system, and features a 1.2-inch circular Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz dual-core Exynos processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, a rotatable dial, water-resistance, and a 250 mAh battery with wireless charging capability.

Unlike previous smartwatches from Samsung, the Gear S2 will be compatible with non-Samsung Android smartphones running Android 4.4 KitKat (and above) and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity. The South Korean smartphone giant is also said to be considering iOS compatibility for the Gear S2, similar to what Google did with Android Wear.

Samsung Gear S2 Gold Rush Book Sale Preorders

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kronicle
kronicle

Let’s put this into perspective here; most likely those who preordered Gear S2 so far ahead of release, is because they have experienced the ease of Samsung Pay on their Galaxy S6 phones. Unlike Google and Apple who only have NFC available, even with their phones in tow, Samsung Pay on Phones has LoopPay technology built in already with NFC. For the widest possible transaction availability available and it will still take 5 to 10 years to move to all NFC transactions. That’s part of the reason for requiring us to have our phones in order to utilize Gear S2… Read more »

supersoulfly
supersoulfly

I was able to get in on a preorder deal in Korea through one of their mobile service providers, KT. Promotion was really good, only 500 units were available for preorder, but I got an additional charger thrown in, a pair of Sennheiser earbuds, and a 10% discount off of the 374,000 KRW msrp for the S2 Classic. Final price converts to $281 US.

sergiomg27
sergiomg27

In Youtube
watch?v=ZDomGUDC-Z4
watch?v=l43ObL4ObLk

sergiomg27
sergiomg27

Two applications for S2 Gear

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watch?v=l43ObL4ObLk

sergiomg27
sergiomg27
caesantos
caesantos

8 units per minute. It’s really a good mark.

manojmcn
manojmcn

1000 unit sell out is not a proper measure of the acceptance.
But one thing is for sure. The Gear S2 is the best product from Samsung in the last few years, which gets most of thing right. Also, one interesting thing noticed is the extra time they took to make sure the model is better in all aspects, than rushing to release for the sake of it. With this design approach, I think the S7 is going to be the best from Samsung with most concerns addressed.