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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 Nortel on 9/4/2013 2:54:38 PM , Rating: -1
Apple announces a September 10th media event and just like that, the note 3, nexus 5 and watch get revealed.

Anyway, as for the watch... it's freaking huge!! This thing will flop harder than the Microsoft watch.

RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 2:58:37 PM , Rating: 5
Every single time you post its nonsense.

This even has been planned for months and announced prior to Apple's revealing it's event ont he 10th.

You really need to stop thinking "Apple first", and just start thinking period.

RE: Price???
By Brandon Hill on 9/4/2013 2:59:21 PM , Rating: 5
Ummm, the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear were known to be coming to IFA 2013 well before Apple announced their date for Sept 10.

RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 3:01:52 PM , Rating: 5
This is the same guy who said that Samsung copied Apple with it's ram size in phones, using hte 16,32,64mb sizes. LOL.

He is pretty much convinced the whole world just watches and waits for Apple to do anything and then copy it. Nutz.

RE: Price???
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/4/2013 3:34:13 PM , Rating: 1
This is the same guy who said that Samsung copied Apple with it's ram size in phones, using hte 16,32,64mb sizes. LOL.
That was fucking classic, so classic it should be scrolling at the bottom of DT to see how stupid he truly is :)

RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 4:02:59 PM , Rating: 3
Ya, I am 99.9% sure he actually says "duh" before every sentence when speaking... He is just barely bright enough to know not to actually type it.

RE: Price???
By Captain Awesome on 9/4/2013 9:03:28 PM , Rating: 5
LOL this whole comment thread is about seventy times more entertaining than the original smartwatch story.

RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 9:16:53 PM , Rating: 2
Hell yeah!

RE: Price???
By maugrimtr on 9/5/2013 9:38:41 AM , Rating: 2
I've had two fits of laughter so far - this thread must go on...

RE: Price???
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/5/2013 9:50:22 AM , Rating: 2
You don't expect otherwise from someone that tags himself as what was the most mismanaged and corrupt company in the world, do you?

I don't.

RE: Price???
By half_duplex on 9/4/2013 5:14:52 PM , Rating: 2
So why are we still hearing about it?

Try being relevant for a change.

RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 5:45:02 PM , Rating: 4
"Try being relevant for a change"

Re-read your post again and think irony.

Nortel has his usual "Apple blah blah" post saying that this is all coming out now ahead of Apples event on the 10th. Brandon replies "the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear were known to be coming to IFA 2013 well before Apple announced their date for Sept 10." showing that Nortel was incorrect as always and you post "So why are we still hearing about it? Try being relevant for a change."

Who isn't being relevant here? You don't even make sense.

RE: Price???
By ritualm on 9/4/2013 3:50:07 PM , Rating: 1
Hah, Apple's September 10 event has nothing earth-shattering. It can't even "double down" on secrecy anymore. Much of what needs to be known about a cheaper iPhone is already floating all over the internets.

Why do you think there is such a huge conspiracy to play down Apple's releases? "Can't innovate my ass!" Phil Schiller is going to mince his words soon, son.

Keep hating the rest of us. I like where this is going.

RE: Price???
By w8gaming on 9/5/2013 4:28:03 AM , Rating: 2
I am actually hoping that someone will ditch smartwatch = another smaller version of a smartphone idea, and actually be more innovative and create something special, such as a portable power generator/storage/recharger that generate and stores energy from various sources such as sunlight, motion, heat etc. And then you can use it to charge the smartphone when needed. Or maybe something even more groundbreaking that few people see it coming.

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