Samsung confirms Gear S2 price and launch date for U.S.

Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic hope to appeal to traditional watch wearers. Photo: Samsung

Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic hope to appeal to traditional watch wearers. Photo: Samsung

Samsung’s new Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic smartwatches, which¬†were officially unveiled in early September, are about to make their U.S. debuts. Both devices will go on sale on Friday, October 2 — but they won’t be cheap.

The Gear S2, which is the more affordable model in the lineup and comes with a plastic strap as standard, starts at $299.99. The Gear S2 classic, which has a slightly different bezel and a leather strap as standard, starts at $349.99.

Samsung has launched countless smartwatches in recent years, but its new lineup is by far the most exciting. They not only look the best, with attractive designs sporting round faces, but they also run Samsung’s new Tizen software.

Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic are also compatible with a long list of Android devices, making them the first Samsung watches that aren’t exclusive to its own Galaxy smartphones. Samsung has suggested they may even be iPhone-friendly later on.

If you’re interested in picking one up, you’ll be able to do so from Amazon.com, Best Buy, Macy’s, and Samsung.com this Friday.