The Samsung Galaxy Gear has finally received its reported price cut officially, with the company listing the wearable device at Rs. 15,290 on its India store. The smartwatch faces competition from Sony’s SmartWatch 2, which had been priced at Rs. 14,990 at launch, and is now available for even less in the market.
We’d reported last week that Samsung had slashed prices of the Galaxy Gear to Rs. 14,990, based on Samsung channel partner communication cited by a credible retail source. While Samsung had temporarily retracted the communication, the price drop was said to have been made effective by the end of the week.
Samsung had launched the Galaxy Gear in the country on September 25, at Rs. 22,990, alongside the Galaxy Note 3. Earlier in January, the Korean giant had dropped the smartwatch’s price to Rs. 19,075. You can check out the new pricing of the Samsung Galaxy Gear on the company’s India page for the smartwatch.
The Galaxy Gear smartwatch was launched alongside the Galaxy Note 3 at IFA 2013. The smartwatch features a 1.63-inch (4.14 cm) OLED display. It can make calls, display messages, record videos and snap photos with its 1.9-megapixel camera. The Galaxy Gear smartwatch also features S Voice and at launch only worked with the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, a tablet which was also launched at IFA 2013.
With the Android 4.3 update for its range of higher-end devices however, Samsung has brought Galaxy Gear compatibility to smartphones such as Galaxy S4, Galaxy SIII and Galaxy Note II. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch had launched with 70 apps initially, as per the company, which include apps for basic fitness such as a step-counting passometer. The battery life, a key challenge for most wearable devices, is said to be around 27 hours under Samsung’s normal-use tests.
Refuting reports that the Galaxy Gear’s sales had been disappointing, Samsung had in November said it had sold more than 800,000 units of the smartwatch since its debut in September. The South Korean firm said Gear sales have been better than its own expectations and it would expand sales promotions for the wearable device for the crucial year-end holiday sales.
Samsung has since poured marketing resources into the Gear with heavy advertisements and collaborations with fashion shows to seize leadership in the wearable computer market after the device got off to a rocky start after being critically panned by reviewers.
Earlier in January, a Bloomberg News interview had quoted Samsung’s mobile executive VP, Lee Young-hee, who had given a March-April timeline for the launch of the next iteration of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and described what new it would bring: “When we release our S5 device, you can also expect a Gear successor with more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved.”