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Samsung just recently launched its new Tizen-powered smartwatch, the Gear S2, at IFA 2015 in Berlin. Even though various retail stores have already opened up pre-orders, until now, Samsung has been doing a great job at keeping us in the dark about the watch’s availability. At the trade show, Samsung told us that the Gear S2 would be available for purchase from its website and other retailers sometime in October, though the exact date has yet to be officially announced.

The Gear S2 won't be available on Sprint at launch

According to an SEA Training video, which is associated with Samsung Electronics America, we now have a little more information regarding the watch’s U.S. release date. Around the one hour and fifty-five minute mark in the video, the speaker explains that the Bluetooth-only version of the Gear S2 will come to Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular stores in the United States on Friday, October 2nd. He adds that Sprint will not carry the Gear S2 at launch, though he doesn’t specify whether or not the carrier has plans to sell the smartwatch in the future. Sprint has yet to comment on the Gear S2’s availability.

The 3G variant of the device is launching in the U.S. on Friday, November 6th, though no carrier information was given. Both Verizon and T-Mobile have previously announced plans to carry the 3G version, so we expect these two carriers will be among the first to get the device on the 6th of November.

Pricing information has yet to be announced, but we’ll let you know as soon as we learn more.

Perhaps the biggest news regarding the Gear S2 is that it will be compatible with other Android devices, unlike other Gear smartwatches in the past. Although there might be a slight hiccup in software and apps here and there when connecting to other Android devices, we’re sure fans of the new wearable will be quite happy with this news. As for other specifications, the Gear S2 features a 1.2-inch circular display with a resolution of 360 x 360, and it’s powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and comes with 4GB of built-in storage. There’s also NFC on this device, which will enable users to purchase goods from stores around the world using Samsung Pay.

Now that it’s been some time since the official announcement, do you think you’ll purchase the Gear S2 on launch day, or are you more interested in some of the new Android Wear watches? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks for the tip, Salvatore Thomas!