Highly Anticipated Launch Of Galaxy Note 3 And Galaxy Gear

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We are one day away from the highly anticipated simultaneous launch of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear at IFA Berlin. Yes, Samsung has officially confirmed it would be showing off  a bigger and better phablet together with the smartwatch.

With the latest Note 3 offering, Samsung is expected to continue to dominate the phablet market. Its 6.3 inches Galaxy Mega, unveiled last April, was well received. According to a report from research firm IDC, in the last three months, phablets have sold as much as tablets and laptops combined in the Asia-Pacific region. A total of  25.2 million phablets were shipped  in Q2 of 2013, compared with 12.6 million tablets, and 12.7 million portable PCs.

We have earlier reported some details about the features and specs of Note 3 and  Galaxy Gear. We bring to you the new updates to help you decide if it’s worth the wait.

 

NOTE 3

BODY. Contrary to some rumors of a carbon fiber or aluminum casing, the flagship smartphone will have the  same plastic body found in the previous models of Galaxy S and Galaxy Note models. However, the company is considering metal body that could be introduced in the subsequent versions to be released in March or April of 2014.

VIDEO CAPTURE. It will be the first smartphone to offer Ultra High Definition video recording in 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160-pixel). However, some experts are doubtful about this as the device could not have enough storage to hold such videos. It also isn’t clear what the purpose of videos would be at such a high resolution, since 4K TV sets are still a long way off from being the norm.

COLORS. The black and white colors will be made available in the days following the announcement; the pink version could arrive by late October. According to ePrice (translate), the global model will be offered on September 27 with preorders starting on September 16.

RELEASE DATE. The worldwide availability is expected on September 27 but Taiwan and UK could have them as early as September 16.

GALAXY GEAR

To our dismay, it will not have a flexible screen. That could be featured in the subsequent versions. The  device will come with 10 hours of battery life which means it would have to be charged every day.

Other reports have suggested the gadget will only be able to sync with other Samsung mobile products and would be pushed as a stylish companion to the Galaxy Note 3. The hardware will not come from the Google Play store, but instead from the Samsung App store. Other specs are:

  • 2.5-inch OLED display with 320-by-320 resolution
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 4-megapixel camera with 720p video capture
  • Speakers, accelerometer, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Android Jelly Bean

Based on these details unveiled, there’s not much to look forward to Galaxy Gear. It appears that it will just be another watch with apps on it, maybe with some notifications. Other watches such as Pebble and Sony’s Smartwatch already offers that. Most are still in search for a killer wearable gadget with the the ability to provide  enhanced features not just squeeze smartphone functions into a smaller screen.

With the Galaxy Gear, Samsung is making the first major launch in what may soon become a crowded market. But if the company has created a winning device, it could pay off. Market watchers are anxious to see how this would be received. Google and Apple have filed patent documents suggesting they plan to develop smartwatches, while Microsoft has confirmed it is working on a version of its own.

That’s about it for now. We’ll see what Samsung has in store for us. Stay tuned for more fresh updates.

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