Samsung prices Gear 2 at $299, Gear Fit at $199

The Gear 2 smartwatch betters its predecessor with a heart rate sensor and 720p video capture, while the Gear Fit keeps a strict focus on your health.

Samsung's new Gear 2 smartwatch will sell for $295.
Samsung's new Gear 2 smartwatch will sell for $295. CNET

Samsung has officially posted the global prices for two of its upcoming wearable devices.

The Gear 2 smartwatch will sell for 8,999 Taiwan dollars ($293), Samsung announced in Taiwan on Wednesday, according to Sammobile and other sources. That's a slight drop from the $300 retail price of the original Gear. The new Gear Fit fitness band will cost 5,990 Taiwan dollars, but Samsung kept mum on the Gear 2 Neo.

AT&T unleashed more details Thursday by announcing that it will start preorders of Samsung's new family of wearable devices in the US on Friday. The Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch will cost $299, and both the simpler Samsung Gear 2 Neo and Samsung Gear Fit band get a $199 price tag. AT&T expects to ship the devices in early April.

Samsung announced its wearable lineup at Mobile World Congress last month. The Gear 2 offers a few new features over its predecessor, including a heart rate sensor, longer battery life, and 720p video capture. The Fit is a new product that focuses more on the health and fitness aspects of a wearable device. Also new to Samsung's lineup is the Gear 2 Neo, a lighter version of the Gear 2 that strips out the camera.

All three devices are due to reach consumers on April 11 including in parts of Asia and in the US.

Updates, 7:00 a.m. PT: Listed prices in Taiwan dollars. And 10:11 a.m. PT: The headline and story were updated to reflect US pricing details from AT&T.

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