In order to further spread news of its latest devices, Samsung has scheduled a global preview in 61 markets starting March 21. People will be able to walk into Samsung Experience stores and retailers to experience first hand all that the Galaxy S5, the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo, and the Gear Fit has to offer.
It's still about half a month away from becoming available in stores, but Samsung wants to drum up the hype around its latest batch of smart devices. It might actually need to do this especially next week when HTC puts its latest card on the table as well. Although much of the New HTC One's features have almost all but been guessed or teased, it will still be interesting to see what the manufacturer has cooked up this time around to help it recuperate from its losses.
Although Samsung has set up a global showcase, the actual preview won't be happening simultaneously. The US and Switzerland will enjoy preferential treatment, starting on the 21st of March itself. The other 59 countries, including Brazil, China, Germany, and the UK will soon follow, though no exact dates have been announced. During that period, interested buyers will be assisted by so-called Galaxy Specialists in testing out the key features of the devices. In case you have forgotten what they are, you can head on over to our initial hands-on brush with the Galaxy S5 and the Gear 2 and Gear Fit smartwatches for a review.
Samsung will be starting pre-orders on March 21 as well, in over 1,400 stores around the world. AT&T and US Cellular will be starting their pre-orders on time, while T-Mobile has decided to postpone its schedule, amusingly just a day before the HTC event. Samsung has not yet officially released pricing details, but AT&T has confirmed that the Gear 2 will have a price tag of $299 while both Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are priced at $199. The devices will be launching on April 11, but a recent fire at a key Samsung factory has raised concerns about possible supply shortage.