Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch have officially made their debut in the Indian market.
Samsung's latest phablet, Galaxy Note 3, was one of the most highly-anticipated devices of this year. The handset sports top-of-the-line specs and features and a new build material that feels softer and more comfortable in the hand.
The Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear made their official debut in India on Monday, Sept. 30, so here's what you need to know in terms of pricing and availability.
The new Galaxy Note phablet comes with a rather steep MRP of Rs 49,900 (roughly $787). Considering high import duties and foreign exchange rates, however, the device was expected to sport a high price tag in the country.
While the phablet has received high praise and created a lot of hype, such a high price point could be a significant drawback for Indian consumers, as it is one of the most expensive smartphones in the country.
Things are no different for the Galaxy Gear, as the smartwatch has a high price tag as well. The Galaxy Gear comes in at Rs 22,990 (about $362). Those who want a bundle of both the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear, meanwhile, will have to shell out Rs 72,890 for both devices.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is currently available from the Samsung India eStore or from retailers such as Flipkart and Snapdeal. The Galaxy Gear is available from Samsung's eStore and Flipkart. The latter mentions a shipping date sometime in the second week of October.
The Galaxy Note 3 launched in India comes with the Samsung Exynos 5420 octa-core processor, which consists of a 1.9GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 and a 1.3GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7.
The rest of the Galaxy Note 3 specs remain the same, i.e a 5.68-inch Super AMOLED display with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage capacity, microSD card slot for additional memory of up to 64GB, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. The phablet runs the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and features a powerful 3,200 mAh battery.
Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear are high-end Android devices that created a worldwide frenzy, but the steep price tags in India may limit their success. India is typically a price-sensitive market, so it remains to be seen whether consumers in the country will be willing to make such hefty investments.