x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 set to hit UAE shops but Galaxy Gear smartwatch delayed

Samsung fans in the UAE can expect the firm’s latest Galaxy Note 3 device this week, but the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the firm’s smartwatch will be delayed by a few days, but find out how much it will cost you when it arrives in the Emirates.

The new Samsung Galaxy Gear at thee launch event at Armani Ballroom in Dubai. Sarah Dea / The National
The new Samsung Galaxy Gear at thee launch event at Armani Ballroom in Dubai. Sarah Dea / The National

Samsung fans in the UAE can expect the firm’s latest Galaxy Note 3 device on Wednesday, but the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the firm’s smartwatch, is facing logistical problems and will be delayed by a few days.

The Korean firm is currently the global leader in smartphone sales and also dominates the UAE market with a 13.8 per cent share of the overall mobile market in the Emirates, according to the TRA. “When we launched the original Galaxy Note in 2011, we created a completely new smart device category. The undeniable success [has] strengthened our conviction that consumers want higher quality features on a powerful yet portable device,” said Hayssam Yassine, the head of telecommunications at Samsung Gulf Electronics.

“The Samsung Galaxy Gear frees users from the need to constantly check their smart devices while maintaining connections.”

Analysts and retailers expect both devices to sell well here in the UAE and throughout the GCC region.

“They’ve had products that literally fit every budget and palm size. As a result they’ve ensured they’ve stayed ahead. Take, for example, the Samsung Galaxy S4. The S4 wasn’t about one device for Samsung, but a family of devices, namely the flagship S4 model, the S4 Mini, Active and Zoom,” said Ashish Panjabi, the chief operating officer at Jacky’s Electronics. “While individually each of them may not have broken records, collectively they’ve helped Samsung move that much further ahead in the smartphone business.”

The Gear is an extension of this family, moving into wearable technology.

“The Galaxy Gear currently requires a Samsung phone to work, which means the GCC region is well placed to be a target market for it. It is clear that customers are prepared to spend significant amounts on desirable, aspirational devices and this device is for the premium markets,” said Ian Fogg, analyst and director of mobile and telecom at IHS

The Note 3 will be available in nine different colours with the 3G edition priced at Dh2,799 and the 4G edition at Dh2,999.

The watch will come in six different colours and will set customers back Dh1,199.

Samsung also announced an initiative to focus more on locally produced content. Next year it is launching Samsung Music, a subscription based music streaming service across 14 countries in the Arab world.

thamid@thenational.ae