Thursday, February 2, 2023

DiGi to price the Samsung Galaxy Gear at RM999 in Malaysia [Insider]

MalaysianWireless today learned from sources that DiGi is set to price the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartphone at RM999 in Malaysia. Despite our previous report that the Samsung Galaxy Gear would cost around RM 1300, we are not sure this a “standalone pricing”.


It might be that the RM999 pricing from DiGi comes with contract or this is the bundled price for the Galaxy Gear when bought together with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which is set to cost RM2399.

For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Gear cost about RM15++ in the UK. If customers choose to buy it together with the Samsung Galaxy Note, it would cost them an expensive price of RM44++.

In the US however, the Samsung Galaxy Gear will cost about RM987 from T-Mobile and it will be available starting October 2. No further details are available yet.

At launch, the Galaxy Gear will only function together with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, so it makes sense for Telcos to try and launch them together.

Samsung said that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will also work with with Galaxy S III and S4, Note II and III, Note 10.1 2014, among the limited devices.

Considering that DiGi has a RRP of RM2399 for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and RM999 for the Galaxy Gear, we are looking at a bundled pricing of around RM3398.

The Galaxy Gear has a 1.63″ Super AMOLED touch screen with 320 x 320 resolution (277ppi). Other features include a 800 MHz processor, 1.9 Megapixel Camera(BSI Sensor, Auto Focus/ Sound & Shot), 2 Microphones (Noise Cancellation), 1 Speaker, Bluetooth v 4.0 + BLE, 4GB Internal memory, 512 MB of RAM.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear weights 73.8g, it has a dimension of 36.8 x 56.6 x 11.1 mm. Samsung claims that the 315mAh Li-ion battery will last about a day. Color options for the wrist band smartwatch include Jet Black, Mocha Grey, Rose Gold, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige and Lime Green.

The Galaxy Gear will be launched in more than 140 countries around the world from 25 September.

A Samsung Malaysia media event is scheduled this Friday, follow us on Facebook for the official live updates.

Update: DiGi is offering the Samsung Galaxy Gear for free when you purchase the Galaxy Note 3 with selected plan. The RRP of the Galaxy Gear is RM999.

Kugan is the co-founder of MalaysianWireless. He has been observing the mobile industry since 2003. Connect with him on Twitter: @scamboy

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