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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 10:13:05 PM , Rating: -1
Samsung was forced to bring this to the market first, even though it's not perfected, because if they waited Apple would then sue them for 'stealing'.

That's the stupidest excuse I've heard from the anti-Apple nutjobs. They had no choice? How about this idea, why doesn't Samsung come up with their own ideas? Right, because they don't have any. All they do is just throw a bunch of crap at a wall and sees what sticks. No direction and no vision. That is why they are follower and not leaders in the industry. They do the same in the TV market. They don't have the best TV's, but they crank out a bunch of mediocre products that sell well. They invest A LOT in marketing and obviously not enough in R&D.


RE: Price???
By w8gaming on 9/5/2013 4:41:41 AM , Rating: 2
Completely irrelevant answer. Anyone can see that since Apple is likely to release a smart watch, trying to release your own smart watch after Apple has made the announcement is likely to get sued by Apple. That's why Samsung has no choice.

This has nothing to do with whether Samsung has any direction or anything. A company knows about a vague idea, and they know a competitor is doing the same, there is nothing wrong for the company to work on it fast and hope to beat the competitor to the market. It is not illegal, it is not copying. Apple fanboys are really most idiotic people in the world.


RE: Price???
By troysavary on 9/5/2013 6:12:59 AM , Rating: 2
Why doesn't Apple come up with their own ideas? Every single product that Apple sells is just a refined version of something somebody else did first. The last time Apple did anything that made me go "Cool, I want that" was in the 1970s when they released their first computer kit from a garage. Since then, they have been late arrivals to everything.


RE: Price???
By Kiffberet on 9/5/2013 8:52:08 AM , Rating: 1
Jack, what have I told you about these sorts of comments?

Suggesting that all Samsungs ideas in the smartphone and touchpad market are not pioneering, is simply not allowed.

That's another downgrade for you.


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