Canada’s third biggest mobile network operator, Bell, has put the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch on “clearance”, charging a measly $99.99 for the struggling wearable device.
The controversy surrounding Galaxy Gear’s real sales numbers has never been fully settled, but it’s obvious Samsung didn’t get the box-office slam-dunk it expected when taking the wraps off the snazzy, costly intelligent wristwatch.
As such, the Koreans moved away from Android and towards Tizen to bring forth slightly more affordable wearables, namely the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, and recently started slashing the first-gen’s price in various markets, including India and US.
Now it’s Canada’s turn to join the promotion party, though USA’s northern neighbor is getting the royal treatment as far as discounts go. Forget India’s $120 price cut, or the $200 or so trims stateside. Bell’s Galaxy Gear is available for $250 off its list price: $100.
Of course, the deal is bound to expire sooner or later. Likely, sooner. But right now, you can even choose between three differently coated models – black, ivory white or orange. No promo codes needed, no mail-in rebates, no contracts required, no strings attached, just a limited-time bargain.
Once Bell clears remaining inventory, it will be interesting to see if the retailer will continue to offer the Galaxy Gear, for $350 or less, or simply replace it in its product lineup with the Gear 2/Gear 2 Neo duo, due out on April 11.
Compatible with all Samsung smartphones and tablets running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or 4.4 KitKat and highly dependent on them (by itself, it’s practically useless), the watch weighs in at 74 grams, measures 11 mm in thickness and sports a square 320 x 320 pixels resolution 1.63-inch AMOLED display.
Powered by a single-core 800 MHz ARM processor, the Galaxy Gear is fairly zippy for a “companion” device (read accessory), but as an unwanted consequence, it suffers in the battery life department, lasting roughly 24 hours in “typical usage”. Bottom line, it’s not, nor it won’t ever be a hit, yet at $100 it’s almost impossible to turn down.