Samsung might have dominated the smartphone market but the company’s wearable efforts have, so far, failed to reach the same heights. The original Galaxy Gear ran Android but since then, the company has switched to its own Tizen OS – which was only compatible with Samsung smartphones – with mixed results.

However, earlier this year, the Korean OEM launched the Gear S2 at IFA 2015 and alongside its very impressive and unique circular bezel and interface, the new wearable also bought compatibility with any Android smartphone running Ice Cream Sandwich or later. The additional support was seemingly designed to make the Gear S2 more appealing to all users and based on a report out of China, it seems that Samsung’s attempts may yet prove to be fruitful.

According to the report, major retailer managed to shift 180,000 units of the new Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic smartwatches in just 8 hours after putting them up for sale. Furthermore, retail stores are complaining about supply shortages as Samsung seemingly struggles to keep up with the demand in China while also rolling out the smart watch to additional countries around the world.

For Samsung, the news is definitely positive as it means the Gear S2 – which is arguably one of the most unique wearables ever made – has a chance to capture a stronghold in the market. Although 180,000 sales in 8 hours is definitely impressive, it does somewhat pale in comparison to the Apple Watch, which achieved approximately 1 million sales in its opening weekend.

In China, the Gear S2 is being sold for 2,198 Yuan (approx $350) while the Gear S2 Classic retails for 2,398 Yuan (approx $390). Both are competitively priced and if Samsung is able to make enough units to meet overall global demand, the Gear S2 range could prove to be the closest challenger to the Apple Watch, which currently dominates the wearables market.

Nirave Gondhia
Nirave is one of the Managing Editors and a fan of travel. He's worked in technology for over ten years (including stints at two carriers in the UK) and reported on it for nearly nine years. In my spare time, A big football (soccer to those over the pond) fan and avid supporter of Man United for over 20 years, he reads a lot, loves a cocktails and blogs about travel.
  • Luka Mlinar

    This would never have happened if Android Wear wasn’t so closed off. Only thing OEMs can do is change the wallpaper. You got 10 different manufacturers making the same product; of course they’re gonna go Gear S2.

  • Rodrigo Magalhães

    so 1 million apple watches sold worldwide in 2 days compared to 180.000 sold in 8 hours from 1 retailer in china…
    what about the sales in other countries? or other chinese retailers? Not really a good comparison.

    • C.P. Garcia

      Just gonna say the same thing. They compared 8 hours and one retailer in China.. to 3 days and several countries around the world for Apple.

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      • Scr-U-gle

        I love you Andrones fantasies, Apple Watch only sold in one country at a limited number of stores on launch.

        Apple sold more $10,000 gold watches than this.

        • DrewS.

          Everyone here already knows you are an Apple troll and shill. They sold more 10k gold watches? That is a flat-out lie.

          • Scr-U-gle

            Is it? Where are you getting your facts from? Apple sold a minimum of $16m worth of $10k watches in the first month. And those figures were only for people who bought in store and had their receipts emailed to them.
            Source: Canaliyst, an independent.

            How’s it feel to scammed by billionaires into buy a device that isn’t built to last the length of a Pune contract?

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    • chugbutton

      180,000/8hours= 22500/hour
      1000000/48hours= 20833/hour

      • Scr-U-gle

        Which Apple Stores are open 24 hours a day?

        Good one, if it makes you think anyone really bought them, more power to you.

        But you seem to have forgotten that Similarsung only report SOR stock levels supplied, not sales figures.

        • DrewS.

          Prove that this is SOR only? You are a liar and a known Apple shill.

          • Scr-U-gle

            Similarsung only report SOR figures, you are just a moRoid dealing in wish it were and know nothingness.

            Which Apple Store is open 24hrs a day?

            If you want to know about shill, try binging ‘Google CIA DARPA NSA’

  • Mark Kendrick

    This is great news! It’s actually a pretty decent device, despite the current lack of app support compared to other watches. For me one key feature that is missing is the ability to set a reminder that’s obviously not a problem for everyone but it is for me.

    • SnakeSplitskin

      Yeh, this is a big problem (no reminder capability). I do hope Samsung can come up with some sort of fix for this. It’s a big omission. I’m waiting on the 3g version. I’ll probably get it even even if it doesn’t have the reminder function.

  • Daggett Beaver

    I’m not interested in buying one, but it looks like a great watch. Smart watches just aren’t for me.

  • chugbutton

    More sales=more people who need tizen apps=more people develop tizen apps…
    I hope? Cos I want one.

    Looks like the watch Apple should have designed. How come they didn’t patent this bezel idea?

  • The-Sailor-Man

    “Although 180,000 sales in 8 hours is definitely impressive, it does somewhat pale in comparison to the Apple Watch, which achieved approximately 1 million sales in its opening weekend.”

    Was those 180, 000 sales in 8 hours only in China? Was those 1 millions Apple Watch globally, and for few days?
    Does Samsung have zombie-base like Apple have? Did you read your article: “retail stores are complaining about supply shortages as Samsung seemingly struggles to keep up with the demand”?

    BTW I think all this smartwatch buzz is BS. With small exception of the stand-alone version of Gear 2 Classic. But still not interested much yet.

    • Scr-U-gle

      Nice hyperbole, Apple sold just under 1million in the opening weekend, in a single region, and they limited the stores in that region.

      Good effort, but utter nonsense.

      This was also the same year all of android and Tizen wear sold less than a million worldwide in a year.

      Great fantasy, the world now has a great opportunity to laugh at you, just like your security is laughed at.

      • DrewS.

        Actually Samsung sold 1.2 million watches last year and Android Wear 720,00, so just another troll post by a known Apple shill. How about stating facts instead of making up lies like the typical Apple fanboy?

        • Scr-U-gle

          Sold, not SOR, Samsung do not give figures for actual sold units.

          Good effort though, you could give the brothers Grimm a run for their money.