Samsung slashes price of Galaxy Gear by $120 in India, global price cut possible
At $300 in the US, Gear would prove to be quite a discriminating discretionary purchase. Like most electronic devices, prices tend to command an even higher toll in many markets outside the United States (see one of our articles about the economies of scale here). Galaxy Gear is no different.
When Gear was released in India, it was priced at ₹22,290 ($356), placing it firmly in the premium accessory category for a market that, while growing exponentially, is still developing and does not have the purchasing power of consumer driven economies elsewhere. Even in established markets, taxes drive the cost of gear to over $450 (such as the UK, where some retailers have Gear listed for a whopping £277).
Now, Gear’s price in India has been cut to ₹15,290 ($245, including taxes), a reduction of 30%. While we have no official word yet, it is thought similar discounts will go into effect worldwide. That means we could see Gear in the US go for as little as $210.
If price has been holding you back from picking up Samsung Galaxy Gear, will this price reduction make the smartwatch look more attractive on your wrist?
sources: Samsung India via DailyTech and VR-Zone
1. a_merryman (Posts: 605; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
I still wouldn't pick it up at $210, I could get the pebble steel for only slightly more.
2. MrJerry (Posts: 384; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
But pebble does not have a beautiful screen
I would rather choose a big and nice screen with one day life battery over a 1980s screen resolution and a long last battery life
I agree Galaxy Gear is not enough in some aspects with the price tag so I am waiting for Gear2
4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3226; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
A 1980s display that's been getting rave reviews, don't be ignorant.
5. rd_nest (Posts: 684; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
No 1980's display in 2014 gets rave reviews.
Someone must get his eyes checked.
7. a_merryman (Posts: 605; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
I wouldn't, if I want a big beautiful screen to look at I will look at my smartphone or my computer screen or my tv. What the smartwatch is going to be for is for glanceable information on your wrist. It doesn't need a battery draining screen that makes you charge it everyday....not very many people want a watch they have to charge everyday. Most people want watches they can forget about until they need the time (or in this case to see if they should respond to the notification).
The screen that should be used on these devices right now should be the mirosal screens from Qualcomm or the electro-wetting screens. Power efficient, dont need a backlight during the day or turn off, and are color. I suspect the next pebble will probably have one of those screens, sure the iwatch will probably use one as well.
8. MrJerry (Posts: 384; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
Get a normal watch and use you smartphone then
Why would you even consider to buy a SMARTWATCH if those things are only what you wanna do with your watch??
9. a_merryman (Posts: 605; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
Why get a SMARTWATCH if you want it to replace your phone, just get a phone. Thats what you seem to want.
It is like you didn't read anything I wrote. I said I want glancable information, i want the screen always on for the time, I want to be able to check in on foursquare or Facebook, tweet or update my status and respond to a text (Using my voice to dictate it). I do not want to play games on my wrist or hold a call, or look/take pictures with it...I think those things are an unnecessary drain on the battery right now. You dont need some backlit ips or amoled display for the things I think it should do with our current technology. Just look at the qualcomm toq watch if you want to see what type of screen I think makes most sense in this form factor.
3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3226; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
That's what Sammy gets for pushing out a product and slapping the Galaxy name on it. They're making the same mistakes HTC made and now they are suffering for it. A Pebble Steel is much better in design and quality along with more flexibility as it can be used with Android and iOS while the Galaxy Gear is limited to a few Galaxy phones.
6. rd_nest (Posts: 684; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
So much suffering - billions of profit every Q.
11. willard12 (Posts: 703; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
I'm sure when the iwatch comes out you will comment on its lack of flexibility.
13. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Apple will release iWatch only compatabile with iDevices...and you will price it...and this has been the policy of apple for years....and here you come to complain about samsung...
10. techaman (unregistered)
Actually I think Samsung was good for bringing the phone on early lets them upgrading change to what people want at the same time as Apple and a couple others are getting ready to release one for quite interested in the Google watch
12. rudy (Posts: 7; Member since: 18 Feb 2009)
I dont know what people are talking about in relation to battery life. I have Galaxy Gears for about a month, and I was never forced to recharge in less then 3 days. Usually I recharge after 4 days (I turn watches off for night).
And...my experience....one of the best product I ever bought.