Samsung Galaxy S5 to cost $200 at AT&T; Gear devices start at $199

Online pre-orders start Friday for Galaxy S5, Gear 2 smartwatches

AT&T announced Thursday it will sell the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone for $200 with a two-year contract starting April 11.

The Samsung Galaxy S5

Also, the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch will cost $299 at AT&T, while the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit smartband will each cost $199. Sales of the wearables will begin later in April.

The carrier said pre-orders of the S5 will begin online at its site tomorrow, but only for devices in black or white. Devices in copper and blue were announced by Samsung in February, but no details on their availability were provided. The S5 runs Android 4.4 and features a 5.1-in. display.

The off-contract price of the Galaxy S5 at AT&T will be $650, with the lowest per month payment starting at $25.

AT&T will reduce the price of the Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo by $50 when purchased with the Galaxy S5, but only from March 21 to June 5.

The devices each have a 1.63-in. display and run on Samsung's Tizen mobile operating system and connect via Bluetooth to select Samsung Android devices. Both have a microphone for making calls when paired.

The Gear Fit, with a 1.84-in. curved display, can be paired to a Samsung device via Bluetooth to access an S Health app for tracking steps, heart-rate monitoring and receiving notifications of calls, texts and emails. It runs on a proprietary Real Time OS.

This article, Samsung Galaxy S5 to cost $200 at AT&T; Gear devices start at $199, was originally published at Computerworld.com.

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