Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear to be launched in India today
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Although the consumer electronics major is yet to announce the price of the two devices in India, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear are expected to cost approximately Rs 45,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively. The company had earlier said both these devices would go on sale from September 25.
Samsung, which is the world's top handset maker, hopes the Galaxy Gear will boost the appeal of its range of Android-powered smartphones, as it battles to maintain supremacy against arch rival Apple Inc, which had launched iPhone 5 and iPhone C last week.
Samsung had unveiled these devices at its Galaxy Unpacked event in Berlin. The new Galaxy Note, which is slightly larger than its predecessor, is better equipped for multi-tasking, Samsung said, allowing users to open multiple frames at once. It also has a stylus, called the S Pen. The device has a 5.7 inch Super-Amoled screen and weighs 168 grams.
The phone will be available in jet black, classic white, and blush pink color options. Samsung has incorporated a 13 megapixel rear camera in its Note series product.
The Galaxy Gear, which has a 1.6-inch screen and weighs 2.6 ounces, has a 1.9 megapixel camera embedded in the strap and a built-in speaker that allows users to conduct hands-free calls. Besides photos and hands-free calls, it can perform functions like instant messaging.
The device, which will come preloaded with more than 60 apps, including a step-counting pedometer and S Voice, a voice-activated app akin to Apple's Siri, can however not be used for composing emails or downloading music.
Betting big on premium products to boost sales during the upcoming festival season in India, the company has already said that it is planning to launch several products the next three months including Note 10.1 in the last week of October.
Samsung will also launch two smart phones in India this month for less than Rs 15,000, intensifying competition in the mid-segment mobile market.
The Korean company, which has a 49 per cent share in India's smart phone segment, will offer options in local languages to attract non-English speaking customers.
"We will be launching two new smart phones priced for the mid-segment market. Every phone from Samsung will have nine vernacular language options," Samsung Country Head (Mobile Business) Vineet Taneja said, without mentioning the prices.
However, a company official said the phones may be priced in the Rs 5,000-15,000 range. Most mobile phones in India are sold in this price range, including Nokia Lumia 520 and 620, Blackberry Curve, Xolo smart phones and Micromax Canvas 2.
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