Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada

By Alexandra Burlacu | Sep 21, 2013 11:03 AM EDT

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Canadian customers who want to purchase a Samsung Galaxy Gear can now do so, as the smartwatch is now up for pre-order in the country.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is the company's first smartwatch and it stirred a lot of interest among Android enthusiasts. The smartwatch market seems to be the next big thing and heavyweight companies are racing to bring their devices to the market.

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Apple, Google, Microsoft and others are rumored to launch their own smartwatches in the future, but Samsung beat them to the punch by launching its Galaxy Gear first.

The new Samsung Smatwatch was already up for pre-order in the U.S. from AT&T, and now Canadian customers can pre-order the device as well.

Best Buy Canada and Future Shop are now taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Gear, offering the smartwatch for a steep $299.99. Both retailers expect to have the device in their stock by Oct. 4. Interested buyers might want to hurry, however, as both Best Buy and Future Shop note that it will have the Galaxy Gear in limited quantities.

For those unfamiliar with the device, the Samsung Galaxy Gear is an Android smartwatch that sports a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. The smartwatch further packs an 800MHz processor, 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, a 1.9-megapixel camera and a 315 mAh battery that should last for about one day of use. The gadget uses Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to supported devices.

For now, the Samsung Galaxy Gear works only with the company's newly-unveiled Galaxy Note 3, but Samsung promised to add support for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 smartphones soon. The smartwatch is also expected to work with non-Galaxy devices in the future, but that may not be very soon. The Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 smartphones, meanwhile, should receive an update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean next month, which will add support for Bluetooth 4.0 and the Galaxy Gear.

At the time of writing, Best Buy Canada lists 43 Galaxy Gear smartwatches that are still up for pre-order, while Future Shop lists the gadget as available, but doesn't offer any additional information regarding its supply.



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