Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch gets a price cut in India

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Samsung, in an attempt to woo its customers, has slashed the prices of its first wearable device, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

The South Korean giant has now listed the Galaxy Gear smartwatch at Rs. 19,075, down from the previous price tag of Rs. 22,990. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is now available with the new price tag at the company's online store.

Samsung launched its first wearable tech device in India at Rs. 22,990 in September last year. The Galaxy Gear smartwatch was globally announced alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at IFA 2013. The smartwatch features a 1.63-inch (4.14 cm) OLED display.

The Galaxy Gear smartwatch also features S Voice and can work with the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III. The Galaxy Gear smartwatch can make calls, display messages, record videos and snap photos with its 1.9-megapixel camera.

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch initially came with 70 apps, as per the company, which include apps for basic fitness such as a step-counting passometer, although Samsung has been working to increase the number since its release. The battery life, a key challenge for most wearable devices, is said to be around 27 hours under Samsung's normal-use tests.

Notably, smartwatches have been around for some time now, with a few major players entering the segment recently such as Samsung and Qualcomm with Galaxy Gear and Toq smartwatch respectively. However, the wearable devices have failed to garner much consumer interest.

An earlier report claimed that Samsung's first wearable device, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch's sales figures have been disappointing. However, Samsung countered the claim immediately after.

A recent report quoted Samsung's mobile executive VP, Lee Young-hee, hinting that the flagship smartphone (Galaxy S5) might be launched alongside the Galaxy Gear successor.

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