Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch will cost just £199 at Phones 4U after the company revealed a series of special deals in the lead up to the release.
ZDNet reports that, Phones 4U, who will be selling the device at £299, will give buyers a third off the device if they take out a two-year contract on a Galaxy Note 3 with either EE, Vodafone, T-Mobile or Orange at contract prices ranging from £41 to £52 per month.
The deal is part of Phones 4U’s pre-launch campaign ahead of the device being released on 25 September. It was leaked earlier this week that Phones 4U are selling the smartwatch, with UK consumers likely to be disappointed at the £299 pricetag when US consumers will be able to buy it for just $299 [£191].
Samsung’s two new devices were unveiled amidst much fanfare at their special Unpacked event at IFA 2013 this week and they have beaten Apple in releasing a smartwatch first.
The Galaxy Gear watch is powered by a single-core 800MHz processor and has 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 1.63in Super AMOLED touchscreen display that has a 320 x 320 pixel resolution. It comes with a 1.9-megapixel camera, a number of different sensors, Bluetooth 4.0, voice-aware capabilities, 315mAh battery and a selection of applications that allow it to communicate with a Samsung smartphone.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, which was released at the same time, is currently the one phone that will be able to share functionality with the smartwatch. The Note 3 is Samsung’s latest smartphone with a 5.7in display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution that puts it firmly in phablet territory and the show is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core processor.
It won’t be until October that the Galaxy S4 and S3 get Galaxy Gear functionality and until then the Galaxy Note 3 bundle will be attractive to many looking to get their claws into Galaxy Gear functionality.