Samsung gets 50,000 beta testers for its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, 8,000 for Galaxy Round

Samsung gets 50,000 beta testers for its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, 8,000 for Galaxy Round
Right from the start, it has been pretty apparent that the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Galaxy Round are both basically beta products intended to test out the waters of new form factors, rather than aiming to capture a huge portion of the consumer market. The limited release area of the Round is enough to prove that, and you can see it easily enough with the Galaxy Gear in the pricing and compatibility with only one phone.

So, a new report needs to be put into context (which not all sites will do, as you may see with the source link). According to BusinessKorea, Samsung has averaged about 800-900 sales per day for the Galaxy Gear, which adds up to about 50,000 total units sold since its release in late September. Given the $300 price tag, and the fact that you have to have a Galaxy Note 3 to make the watch useful, that might not be such a terrible total. At the very least, calling it a "flop" incorrectly implies that this device was expected to sell big numbers, which just isn't true.

The Galaxy Round was released only in the Korean market just 8 days ago, and is reportedly currently selling about 100 units per day, but has totaled about 8,000 units since being released. The Round has even less appeal than the Gear, because the Round isn't even doing much all that new. Sure, it has a curved display, but with a device that offers a flexible display on the horizon, curved just isn't that exciting. 

The real question is what Samsung will have to reveal at CES in January, because rumor has it that the real consumer focused Gear smartwatch follow-up (or possibly just major update) is expected to be announced then. 

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Galaxy Round
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(16h talk time)

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11 Comments

1. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

"The Galaxy Round was released only in the Korean market just 8 days ago, and is reportedly averaging just about 100 sales per day, meaning it has only sold about 8,000 units since being released." - Shouldn't that be 800?

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Sorry, clarified that.

2. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Well the gear is actually compatible with more than just the Note 3 soOoOoOoOoOo......

3. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Yes, it's compatible with the Note 10.1, but that's a tablet, and I specifically said it's only compatible with one phone.

6. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You can add the s4 and s3 as well. And the note 2 isn't that far. It's compatible with android 4.3 to be precise.

9. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Works with note 2 s4 n, s3 what do you mean one phone

5. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Beta testers that pay instead of being paid..... They must be stupid.

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Yep! Beta testers for a product that they are spending millions on marketing lol! This product is an epic fail x5. Samsung is the only company I know that releases and market prototypes lol!

8. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

My Gear is a what??? I never knew I am a beta tester.

10. spectrums

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

No Problem, If This Watch Good Works :) The Best Smarts Watch "Galaxy Gear" :)

11. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Wow, quite the apologist article.

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