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Samsung Gear S and Gear VR: Australian pricing and availability

Samsung Gear VR
Sarah Tew

Samsung has reiterated its commitment to smartwatches, announcing Australian pricing and availability for the Gear S — its sixth smartwatch.

At the same time, the company has revealed Australian pricing for the Gear VR virtual reality headset and the Gear Circle Bluetooth headphones .

The Tizen-based Gear S smartwatch is notable for taking a separate SIM card, allowing it to have 3G connectivity without relying on a paired phone. The Gear S will be on sale from Samsung and other retailers in November for AU$449 — making it Samsung’s most expensive smartwatch by a significant amount. You can read our hands-on preview from IFA 2014 here .

At the time of writing, it was unknown if the Gear S will be sold via any telcos, but given the SIM card requirement, it wouldn’t be completely unexpected for it to be available on a plan from one or more of the major carriers.

Samsung Gear S
Sarah Tew

Also shown off at IFA 2014 is the Gear VR virtual reality headset. Powered by Oculus, the Gear VR is actually an accessory for the AU$949 Note 4 smartphone, leveraging the Note’s Quad HD screen and processing power to create a VR experience that includes head-tracking. The Gear VR is also slated for a November launch at the price of AU$249, from Samsung directly and other retailers.

Finally, Samsung will also be bringing the Gear Circle to Australia. These Bluetooth headphones have a magnetic clasp to allow them to clip securely around your neck. They have a vibrate function for call alerts, but otherwise operate pretty much like any standard Bluetooth headset. They’re also going on sale in November, for AU$179.

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