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Galaxy Gear gets a hefty price tag

Samsung continues its tradition of supersized smartphones with the introduction of the Galaxy Note 3. The Android 4.3-powered smartphone now uses a 5.7" 1080p Super AMOLED (up from 5.5") and weighs in at 168 grams. The Galaxy Note 3 packs quite a bit of power under the hood courtesy of a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and a whopping 3GB of RAM. Samsung has also seen fit to cram in a 13MP rear-facing camera, LTE connectivity, and a 3200 mAh battery.
Samsung has listened to all the critics that bash its phones for being plasticky and for not using more "premium" materials, so it has now equipped the back of the phone with a faux leather. The rest of the device is still made of the plastic that you've learned to love (or hate).
The Galaxy Note 3 will launch worldwide on September 25 (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are all onboard in the U.S.).

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Also announced today was the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. While details of the device have leaked over the past week (including shots of its interface), the final product differs slightly from the leaked photos provided by Venture Beat. The watch uses a tiny 1.63" AMOLED display with a resolution of 320x320, features 4GB of internal storage, 800MHz processor, and 512MB of RAM.
Samsung, however, was quick to point out that this is not a standalone phone -- it is simply a companion device for your smartphone. In this capacity, the Galaxy Gear uses low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to your phone. Once connected, you'll be able to receive all of your smartphone's notifications, control music, dictate voice memos, and place/answer calls Dick Tracy style. Samsung has even managed to toss in a 1.9 MP camera that will allow you to shoot up to 720p video.
There will be a wealth of applications available for the Galaxy Gear -- 70 initially -- all of which will be downloadable from the Galaxy Gear Manager app.

Galaxy Gear Smartwatch 

The Galaxy Gear features a diminutive 315 mAh battery and will only last a day on a charge.
The Galaxy Gear will be priced at $299 when it launches in October, which is a hefty price to pay for a "companion" device.

Sources: Samsung [1], [2], [3]

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RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 2:05:30 PM , Rating: 3
Ya, I dont think any smartwatch is going to be a huge hit. Here is a device that can do some of (but not all of) the things your phone can do, with a smaller screen. But... We already have the phones.

RE: Price???
By Mitch101 on 9/4/13, Rating: -1
RE: Price???
By half_duplex on 9/4/2013 5:11:59 PM , Rating: 5
Are you saying the motive for this device is spying in changing rooms, or that you'd only use it to spy of changing rooms?

Either way... uhhh?

RE: Price???
By Mitch101 on 9/4/13, Rating: 0
RE: Price???
By KOOLTIME on 9/6/2013 7:15:18 PM , Rating: 2
Cell phones are already pervert cams, since when did a new device with a camera suddenly get opted out of that option ??

anyone with any type of camera will pict/video when they see interesting stuff to them.

RE: Price???
By Mitch101 on 9/9/2013 12:49:12 AM , Rating: 2
Very few people suspect the persons watch cam holding up a phone looks suspicious.

RE: Price???
By Adonlude on 9/5/2013 2:55:38 PM , Rating: 1
Seriously. I think he just told us he is both homosexual and a peeping tom.

RE: Price???
By Brazos on 9/5/2013 3:37:41 PM , Rating: 2
You're missing the point. You give the watch to your girlfriend/wife so she wears it to the gym. :)

RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/5/2013 4:42:50 PM , Rating: 2
What would the point be there? If it's your wife/girlfriend, you've already seen it from better angles... If you havent, you're doing it wrong. :P

RE: Price???
By Adonlude on 9/12/2013 7:15:52 PM , Rating: 2
Now you're missing the point. It's peeping tom by proxy once the wife goes into the locker room.

RE: Price???
By Jeffk464 on 9/4/2013 3:59:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, I thought everybody was ditching their watches when they got a phone.

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