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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 JackBurton on 9/4/2013 9:44:13 PM , Rating: -1
Are you completely in denial that Samsung is just blatantly ripping off Apple? First the iDevices (iPhone, iPad), then the absolute rip off of the MacBook Air, THEN the stupid "I wish I was Apple" store at Best Buy. I mean seriously, it's so blatant, it's not even funny.

Now Samsung releases some junk watch because they heard rumors Apple was planning on releasing a watch in order to beat them to the punch. The only problem was, they didn't have an Apple template to work with this time. But that really wasn't their goal though. They just wanted something out there so when Apple DOES release their watch, they can keep from being sued for ripping them off again. Of course when Apple DOES release their version, it will be completely different than Samsung's version, but a little later Samsung will release another version which coincidentally will look and work very similar to Apple's version. And then you'll hear the anti-Apple boneheads come up with more moronic excuses like, "Apple didn't invent the watch." :rolleyes:

How about this Samsung, why don't you let Apple create the market, and you just rip them off like you normally do. After all, that's what you're best at.


RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 11:07:48 PM , Rating: 2
See Tony? I rest my case. 2 huge apple fans already convinced Samsung precopied Apples iWatch... And they are mad about it. LOL. This is exactly what I was talking about above...Please , I am just dying to see your honest take on Jacks rant.

And Jack, I really don't give a crap about Samsung, or Apple or who copies who (both copy blatantly and always have). I am just tired of the lawsuits and this stupid assed faux outrage, and losers like you that keep bitching about it. You Sound like a bunch of loser kindergarteners. Stop copying me. Stop copying me. Get a life already. Apple is a company and they copy as much as the next one. Don't you have anything better to idolize?


RE: Price???
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/5/2013 8:28:34 AM , Rating: 2
Get a life dude, seriously. You are pathetic.


RE: Price???
By Kiffberet on 9/5/13, Rating: 0
RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/5/2013 9:04:23 AM , Rating: 3
"Unfortunately, on this site you're not allowed to suggest that ALL smartphones and touchpads on the market today were influenced/copied from the iPhone and iPad designs."

Of course they were... Just as iPhone and iPad were influenced by Palm and RIMM before it, and so on and so on. That is how business works and always has. The issue people have is the assertion that Apple "owns" any and all multitouch designs and deserves to sue for them and ban products. Apple copied and built on to earlier products, just like all companies do. They haven't done anything lately and the world not only caught up, but passed them by. If Jack had his way, no-one else would be allowed to make a multitouch OS/phone or tablet and the market would die completely.


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