Samsung says it sold over 800,000 Galaxy Gear smartwatches

One day after the Korean press claimed Samsung sold less than 50,000 Galaxy Gear smartwatches, the IT giant steps forward to deny that rumor.

After yesterday's article published in BusinessKorea claiming that Samsung's Galaxy Gear did not manage to sell more than 50,000 units so far, an answer from the South Korean company was expected and that answer came today. According to the makers of the smartwatch themselves, the figures published yesterday were completely off and the total volume of Galaxy Gear sales has already surpassed the 800,000 units barrier.

Reuters quoted Samsung officials who said the Galaxy Gear "has become the world's most popular smartwatch" and its sales even managed to exceed the company's own expectations.

The gadget has a price of almost $300 and its small OLED screen can provide basic functions such as hands-free calls, message notifications and photos. For now only about 70 applications are available for it but things can improve in the future.

Samsung must improve the Galaxy Gear and software support for it in the future since it has been rumored that Apple is also working on a similar device. For now, their gadget is "the most sold wearable watch available in the market place" and the company is also planning to expand its availability. According to Samsung, this will be done by simply "expanding mobile devices that work with the Gear."

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Codrut Nistor, 2013-11-19 (Update: 2013-11-20)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.