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Samsung Gear S2 to launch in US, South Korea

​The South Korean tech giant will began sales of its Gear 2 smartwatches in the US and South Korea on Friday, the company has announced.

Samsung will began sales of its Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic smartwatches in the US and South Korea on October 2, the company announced on Wednesday.

The latest wearable was unveiled during the IFA tradeshow in Berlin last month. It sports a round display and can be controlled using a rotating wheel around its watch face. It runs on Samsung's own operating system, Tizen.

Samsung has faced repeated quarterly profit decline in recent years due to competition from Apple and Chinese vendors in the low-end. It is betting on the Gear S2, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus to maintain profits for the year.

The Gear S2 has a metallic design, while the Gear S2 Classic features a leather strap and has been designed to look more like a conventional watch. Limited pre-orders began in South Korea on September 18, and the initial stock of 1,000 was sold out within an hour, according to Samsung.

The company also said that different colour straps will be made available within the month of October.

Source: ZDNet Korea (zdnet.co.kr)