Galaxy Gear Compatibility to be Extended to Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3 and 5 More Devices by October End, Confirms Samsung
Smartphone leader, Samsung today confirmed that the company would roll-out new software update to make at least a five more Galaxy devices compatible to the smartwatch Galaxy Gear by the end of this month.Samsung Mobile India/Facebook

Samsung India launched its flagship Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch at an event in New Delhi, today.

The electronics giant has revealed that the third-generation Galaxy phablet will be priced ₹49,900, whereas the smartwatch would be marketed for ₹22,990. Both devices are said to hit stores on 25 September.

Samsung fans who are eager to get their hands on the new Galaxy gadgets, can place pre-orders on the company's official e-store. They will have the option to place the order on a combo deal, consisting of both Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear for ₹2,000 or book only the phablet for the same advance amount.

[To pre-book Galaxy devices combo deal, click here. If the user only wants to place the order for Galaxy Note 3, click here]

Online retailers, Flipkart, Home Shop 18 and Infibeam have also begun taking pre-orders for the new Galaxy phablet, whereas Saholic has just listed the Galaxy Note 3 as 'Coming Soon'.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3:

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 sports a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen having full HD 1920x1080p display resolution and ships with the latest Android mobile OS v4.3 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box.

The new phablet packs Samsung's in-house built Exynos 5420 Octa-Core chipset (it houses two quad-core processors-A15 1.9 GHz and A7 1.3 GHz). It boasts of 3GB RAM and 32GB storage space which can be expanded up to 64GB via microSD card.

The third-generation Galaxy phablet flaunts a 13.0-megapixel camera on the rear side and a 2.0-megapixel snapper on the front side with full HD video recording capability. It is to be noted that the main camera can record ultra HD 4K (3840x2160p), twice the quality of current full HD (1920x1080p) video standard.  It also boasts of high CRI LED flash support to get quality crisp pictures under low-light condition.

Galaxy Note 3 will come with S Pen stylus functionalities that feature Air Command, Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window S Note, Multi Window, new Easy Clip, and Direct Pen Input.

Samsung Galaxy Gear:

Galaxy Gear sports a1.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 320x320p resolution and houses a 1.9-megapixel camera which boasts of BSI sensor and auto-focus feature. It has the capability to record HD 720p video. 

In terms of internal hardware, Galaxy Gear packs an 800 mAh processor backed by a 315 mAh Li-Ion battery. It ships with 512MB RAM, 4GB memory and also comes with two microphones and a speaker.

Using Innovative S-Voice functionality and Bluetooth v4.0 LE (Low-Energy) technology inside Galaxy Gear, users can sync data between the smartwatch with the Galaxy Note 3 wirelessly. They can also place or answer calls using these features as well.

The new smartwatch comes pre-loaded with Safety Assistance applications, which comes in handy during an emergency situation. The user has to press power button three times in quick succession to initiate the app. Once activated, the smartwatch will automatically send the victim's geography data to a pre-designated set of people through SMS.

Other applications include Evernote watch app, which allows users to capture image and set it as a remainder. The e-Bay app helps user make online purchases and present all transactions in real time. The MyFitness Pal app tracks users' nutrition as well as exercise routines.

The only downside of Galaxy Gear is that the smartwatch is only compatible with a few Galaxy devices. As of now, it can work with Galaxy Note 3 and the newly unveiled Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) tablet.

Samsung has confirmed that the older Galaxy Devices - Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, will also be made compatible with Galaxy Gear once the company releases the Android v4.3 firmware next month.

The smartwatch is said to come in six colours - Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold and Lime Green.

Key Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note 3:

Model

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N009) in India

Display

5.7-inch (5.68-inch) Super AMOLED Full HD Display

OS

Android v4.3 Jelly Bean OS

Processor

Exynos 5420 Octa-core processor with two quad-core processors-one A9 with 1.9GHz and another A7 with 1.3GHz CPU speed.

RAM

3GB

Storage capacity

32GB, memory can be further expandable up to 64GB

Camera

Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with BSI sensor, auto-focus, LED flash (High CRI), UHD -4K resolutions (3840x2160p) at 30 fps

Front: 2.0-megapixel camera with BSI sensor, full HD 1080p video recording

Battery

3200 mAh

Add-ons

 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (HT80),Bluetooth v4.0 (LE), IR LED (Remote control),MHL v2.0,GPS/GLONASS,NFC

S-pen functionalities

Air Command: Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window S Note, Multi Window, new Easy Clip, Direct Pen Input

Dimensions

151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm

Weight

168 g

Price

₹49,900/-

Key specifications of Samsung Galaxy Gear:

Model

Samsung Galaxy Gear (SM-V700)

Display

1.3-inch Super AMOLED touch screen with 320x320p resolutions

Key Apps

Safety assistance : in case on emergency, user just have to press power button three times continuously, and smartwatch will automatically sends users location data to pre designated set of people through SMS, Evernote watch app allows user to capture image and set as remainder, e-Bay app(lets user to complete all transaction in real time), MyFitness Pal tracks users' nutrition and exercise routines

Processor

800 MHz processor

RAM

512MB

Storage

4GB internal memory

Camera

1.9-megapixel camera with BSI Sensor with auto-focus and sound & shot feature. HD 720p video recording feature

Battery

Li-Ion battery with 315 mAh

Add-ons

Bluetooth v4.0 with BLE,  2 x microphones and 1 x speaker

Colours

Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green.

Dimensions

56.11 x 36.8 x 11.1 mm

Weight

73.8 g

Colours

Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose gold and Lime Green.

Price

₹22,990/-