Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear expected in early October
Wireless carriers reveal various pricing and arrival dates for the new flagship phablet and smartwatch.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 phablet and Galaxy Gear smartwatch are expected to land in the US in early October, wireless carriers revealed late Thursday.
T-Mobile said it will would launch the devices on October 2, while AT&T indicated that pre-orders of the Galaxy Note 3 would ship "around" October 1. The phablet will be available on AT&T for $299 with a two-year contract, or $35 a month with AT&T Next. T-Mobile is offering the device for $199 down and 24 monthly payments of $21, for a total of $703.
T-Mobile said its customers could expect to pay $300 for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, while AT&T listed no price and only offered the vague delivery window of in "coming weeks." AT&T began taking pre-orders Thursday evening for Galaxy Note 3, while T-Mobile invited customers to sign up for alerts indicating when the wireless carrier would begin taking orders the new flagship phablet.
Meanwhile, Verizon announced Wednesday it wouldat 6 a.m. PT Friday, although the landing page does not hint when customers can expect delivery.
Introduced earlier this week, the Note 3 sports a 5.7-inch screen -- a slight increase over that of the Note 2. However, the device is thinner and lighter than its predecessor, measuring just 8.3mm and weighing in at 168g. The device is powered by a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 3,200mAh battery.
The Gear is a wrist-worn, touch-screen timepiece that talks to your smartphone -- or in this case, your phablet -- so you don't have to be forever fetching your primary device from your purse or pocket. It controls music, tracks exercise, installs apps, and even makes phone calls.