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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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Stupid idea
By amanojaku on 9/4/2013 2:27:52 PM , Rating: 3
This implementation of the smart watch is a waste. It's little more than an interface to your smart phone or tablet, yet it's priced as if it's a standalone device. On top of that, it's ugly. The market for this is extremely small. It would sell if it had a built-in cell antenna and could run a decent selection of apps (the small screen would be the limitation here), but I can't see too many people wanting it like this.

RE: Stupid idea
By ritualm on 9/4/2013 3:26:17 PM , Rating: 2
It costs 2.5 times more than a Pebble (disclosure: I'm a backer).

It requires TouchWiz.

It lasts "up to 10 hours", whereas a Pebble goes for 5-7 days - depending on usage - with a battery nearly 1/3 the Galaxy Gear's size.

All around awful.

RE: Stupid idea
By jimbojimbo on 9/6/2013 11:09:02 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't say awful although I won't be getting one. The Pebble lasts that long because it has a standard black and white LCD screen and no real processing power. Samsung just tried to pack too much into this thing, like the camera, and it wound up being bigger than people would like so they skimped on the battery. One day though is far too short. Unless it comes with wireless charging I would get fed up with charging this every night. If it did have wireless charging having one pad for that and my S4 would be nice.
By the way if you guys haven't been using wireless charging, do it. I freaking love it.

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