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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be too expensive for punters, says analyst

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be too expensive for punters, says analyst

Sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear will be impaired by a high asking price that prices-out would-be owners, an influential analyst has claimed.

The company’s first-ever smartwatch is set to be unveiled tonight at the IFA tech show in Berlin, giving it what many expect to be months of lead-in time before Apple’s iWatch arrives.

Some claim this sales window in which the Galaxy Gear is mostly uncontested could be just the competitive advantage Samsung needs to assume a winning position in what’s shaping up to be a new front in the battle between the technology giants.

However, Mobile Review editor Eldar Murtazin, whose at-times uncannily accurate forecasting record includes predicting today’s Microsoft-Nokia takeover more than a year-and-a-half ago, has cast serious doubt on that.

In an update on Twitter, the extradorinarily well connected Murtazin snarkily told his Twitter followers that Samsung will stymie the Galaxy Gear’s chances by overpricing it.

Alas, our man doesn’t disclose how much he’s heard Samsung will be asking for the phone. But we’d say that anything over £200 would probably be pushing it.

His remarks come in the wake of this week’s mixed reception to what were purported to be leaked photos of the Galaxy Gear, prompting some tech-watchers to dub the three-inch screen-touting device as ‘dowdy’ and ‘bulky’.

It’s probably worth noting before we all get too down on the techno timepiece, however, that the smartwatch in the snaps was probably a prototype and may bear only the scantiest resemblance to the Galaxy Gear that tips up tonight.

samsung galaxy gear prototype 2

What is likely to be unchanged, though, is the Galaxy Gear’s spec sheet as detailed in those reports. This apparently takes in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a four-megapixel camera in the strap and Samsung’s fitness-monitoring app, S-Health.

The Gear is also expected to come with adapted versions of Android apps out of the box and pack a web browser and the S-Voice voice commands application.

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