Samsung says “watch this space” with Galaxy Gear
Samsung launched its highly anticipated (and much leaked) new wearable today at a pre-IFA launch event. Pragmatically described by Samsung as a “wearable device”, the Galaxy Gear is a wrist-watch-like device which features a built-in camera, speakers, and a 1.63” S-AMOLED screen. Galaxy Gear checks most of the boxes for what a wearable should offer, as well as adding a few surprises such as at least 70 third-party apps including Evernote, Path, Vine, E-Bay, and fitness apps. Most of the apps take advantage of the new device’s form-factor by recording exercise and health data which can be integrated with related applications on a smartphone, or use the integrated camera to record pictures and short videos.
Samsung has chosen to limit Galaxy Gear’s compatibility with mobile devices to just the newly launched Note 3 and Note 10.1, at least initially, before eventually extending support to the Galaxy S4 and, presumably, other Samsung devices. The new wearable will go on sale beginning September 25th across much of the globe and will be priced at around $299, which should be slightly higher than the competing Sony Smartwatch 2.
Subscribers to our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service can read an overview of the wearable technology market here in this report - Wearables: Will You Be Wearing Your Next Phone?
Samsung Unpacks Galaxy Note 3
As it has done for last two years, Samsung also used its pre-IFA press event to launch its latest phablet, the Note 3. The newly-introduced 5.7” phablet incorporates a larger screen into a slimmer, lighter and more compact form-factor, while also adding longer battery life and a faster processor.
While the newest iteration of the Note offers no revolutionary new features, it does offer a more refined experience than previous editions of the device. The Note 3 comes with a textured back which makes it easier for users to hold, packs a 13 megapixel camera which includes optical image stabilization for HD video recording, and supports all global LTE-bands, meaning that it can work on any operator’s LTE network globally.
Set for global release at the end of September, the Note 3 continues Samsung’s tradition of following the spring flagship Galaxy smartphone launch with the fall of a flagship phablet, a category that it continues to dominate. Strategy Analytics expects the Note 3 to be a strong seller for Samsung, helping it to extend its lead in the phablet category.
Subscribers of our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service can access our global phablet forecast in the following report - Handset Sales Forecast by Type: Phablet, Superphone, Smartphone, Feature Phone & Basic Phone.