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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: Oh dear...
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2013 8:24:01 AM , Rating: 2
3 or 4 years ago, people said it was over and Apple won. A few years before that, and Blackberry was the undisputed king. Your Google fanboyism is blinding you to how fickle the consumer market is.

Ah notice something? Apple and Blackberry are both closed-house proprietary products. They control the software and hardware exclusively. But they can't control the whole market. Look how slow both companies have been in adapting.

It's not fanboism, I'm very aware of how fickle the market is. Which is why the open and diverse approach of Android can better adapt and adjust to the changes in the consumer market. Variety and competition is the key here. Or the "shotgun" approach as some like to call it.

And don't forget, Samsung is the one driving the Android phone market, not Google, right now. If Samsung develops their own OS, or buys Blackberry, or decides to actually do more than dabble in WinPhone, things could change.

If Samsung develops their own OS, it will likely be an Android fork. Which is still Android. I haven't heard rumors or speculation to suggest otherwise, or that any of those other things you listed will happen either. I can't possibly fathom what value Samsung could gain by purchasing Blackberry.

Smartphone war still has many battles left.

Android has nearly 80% of the global market. That's insane if you think about it. What battles are left? Sure over time this can change, but it's going to take a LONG time.

RE: Oh dear...
By retrospooty on 9/5/2013 8:41:34 AM , Rating: 2
Yup... Anything can happen, and it's never "over". I highly doubt we will be sitting here in the year 2023 on either IOS or Android... But for now, Android is on the top of the pile by a large margin and will stay there until something better comes along to knock it off. I personally welcome that day, because it means something even better is available.

Who is to say what will happen. Apple could really up its game and so could MS/Nokia, or even a 3rd party. If MS puts its best efforts and best minds into it and "attacks" mobile OS with the same swagger it attacked Win7 development with they could do it. Win7 was made to address nearly every complaint people had about windows and released with a "how do you like me now" uppercut... And it was awesome... They need a mindset change first, but it could happen. Anything could happen.

RE: Oh dear...
By troysavary on 9/5/2013 11:50:14 PM , Rating: 2
I doubt very much Samsung would buy Blackberry either. But companies have done stranger things. I doubt many people expect HP to buy Palm, release one device, then kill the OS.

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