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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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On the Watch..
By Doh! on 9/4/2013 4:52:05 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung is not really expecting much from the galaxy gear sales. Samsung's executives have been wanting to launch a product other than the usual phone/tablet in the Android ecosystem. The most important thing was they wanted to be the first manufacturer to do so, not necessarily the best. They always emphasize that you can always improve your product but once you're too late in the game, you can never catchup in this rapidly changing industry.

RE: On the Watch..
By MichalT on 9/4/2013 5:16:23 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung can't be first. There are numerous smart watches (Pebble being fairly famous) even one from Sony which is on its second generation.

RE: On the Watch..
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 5:21:00 PM , Rating: 2
Fossil had one over a decade ago on Palm OS5. It's an old idea. OEM's are just hoping to get a new revenuse stream and capitalize on the newer OS's with low power ARM CPU's.

Most of the "Hype" is just OEM's trying to drum up a new market segment. Notice, you dont see alot of people clammoring for smartwatches... You see alot of OEM's talking , that is about it.

RE: On the Watch..
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 5:21:30 PM , Rating: 2
darp... revenue streams...

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