Top Price Gear at $299

Samsung yesterday launched their Smartwatch the Galaxy “Gear” at the Berlin IFA  which is sort of the European consumer electronics event equivalent to CES!

Their introduction was “… a Wearable Device to Enhance the Freedom of Mobile Communications

  • - 800 MHz processor
  • - 1.63 inch (41.4mm) Super AMOLED (320 x 320) display
  • - 36.8 x 56.6 x 11.1 mm, 73.8g dimensions / weight”

(display dimensions / weight words are our additions)

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We’ve included their specification for completeness.

In our words (short form version) it requires the wearer to carry a smartphone (at launch limited to Galaxy Note 3 smartphone or the 10.1 2014 edition tablet – more to follow) has voice facilities, up to 10 apps (from a mnu of 70 ish), a camera/video, message/email warnings etc plus … a customisable watch face. It comes in six colours (Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green) has a claimed battery life of 25 hours and should be available with their Note 3, they say, in 140 countries starting from 25 September.

Instant opinion is that it is unlikely to become a fashion item due to style limitations but will be popular in spite of the likely price , over there of $299 and an initially rumoured outrageous £299 over here – we wonder what the other 138 country prices might be!

If you want to see the, distinctly unimpressive, live launch of the product this is the BBC extract. of  the initial razzmatazz!

On a point of etiquette we wonder if it will be worn on the right or left wrist as many swipe with their left hand And arguably unless one is ambidextrous video and camera shots may be better controlled on the right. We shall see!

We’ll leave you with Engadget’s run-over which we thought was amongst the best

Comments

  1. Hussvamp says:

    Awesome and Congratulations! amazing style as always :)

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