Samsung says it sold 800,000 Galaxy Gear units so far, critics be damned

by: Bogdan PetrovanNovember 19, 2013

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Despite unflattering reviews and a steep price, the Galaxy Gear is performing in the market better than most expected. That’s according to Samsung, who announced today it sold an impressive 800,000 units of the smartwatch since its launch in late September.

Earlier this week, market sources cited by the Korea Herald claimed Samsung had managed to move less than 50,000 Gear units, due to low consumer interest and the relatively steep $300 price tag. But as Reuters reports today, Samsung claims it sold 800,000 Gear worldwide, making it, according to the Korean conglomerate, “the most popular smartwatch in the world”. The Korean news agency Yonhap reports that the 50,000 units statistic actually refers to sales of the device in South Korea alone.

There’s a bit of confusion around the actual term used by Samsung: according to Reuters, Samsung sold 800,000 Gears, while the automated translation of the Yonhap report suggests Samsung shipped the same number of devices. Samsung usually announces shipments, the number of devices acquired by retailers and carriers for resale purposes.

Many reviewers have criticized the Gear for its short battery life, clunky operation, and limited compatibility with smartphones. It seems that at least some customers shared the same critical view, because return rates have been reportedly high, as much as 30 percent in one case.

Samsung poured tens of millions of dollars into promoting the Galaxy Gear, through flashy marketing campaigns, endorsements from sports stars, and price cuts and promos. The Gear sells along the Galaxy Note 3 or standalone, and is compatible with several other Samsung devices, including (following the Android 4.3 update) the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2. To promote sales, Samsung offered the smartwatch at reduced prices of even for free when purchased along the Note 3. The Korean conglomerate shipped 5 million Note 3 units in the first 28 eight days of availability.

Do you know people who bought a Gear or did you spot it in the wild? Tell us in the comments.

  • MasterMuffin

    800 thousand shipped, 3 sold and 1 returned it ;D
    But seriously, that’s impressive and I hope that now that there seems to be some interest towards smartwatches, they’ll actually make a good watch next time!

    • APai

      yeah – as is with the technology world these days, google/ samsung/ sony/ nokia etc innovates, apple follows. ironical, for self proclaimed *innovators*! curved screens/ google glass/ smartwatch/ attachable cameras, phablets, mini tablet (gasp, who’d have ‘thunk’!!!)

      • Jusephe

        So making a terrible product (that nobody likes)
        only because of rumors of iWatch and shipping thousands of them only to be given away for free to get some sales is a innovation to you ?

        Well everybody knows that if samsung would be the biggest innovator they won’t have to copy Apple when iWatch will come out next year… And everybody knows they will.

        • Skander

          Terrible? Who are you to say that? 800,000 people disagree with your “argument” – if that is an argument even.

          • Jusephe

            Every review on the internet says that and if samsung really sold 800 thousand (they shipped just like every time they report something) 240 thousand of them vere returned (30% return rate reported by everyone)

            Don’t get fooled by samsung numbers that try to make a success from “gear” after all they reported 2 million galaxy 7″ tablets sold in 2010 most of them sitting on the shelf to these days.

          • sfasljkas

            Lol what great math skills so all that was sold by best buy worldwide? Haha

          • Skander

            I love your argument, every website on earth today just copies what the others say.
            The 30% rate was related to one carrier only in the US only too.

            So yeah – here in Qatar you could never find stock for these things, they get snagged right away.

            It is a success and that’s the only reason they’re happy over it – samsung is known to abandon things that don’t work out and be clear about it.

          • cocofrazier

            I’m one

        • JonDuke19

          Excuse me… Disregarding the Gear… Apple’s iWatch will probably be like Sony’s SmartWatch 2… No matter what Apple does now, it’ll be copied from someone who did it first.. Apple as become a follower…

          I was a fanboy and I switched to Android the day Apple started following.

          You will open your eyes one day…

          • Jusephe

            You never was an Apple fanboy, if you would you would know that Apple did “smartwatch” in 2010 called “iPod nano 6-th gen” and also that iWatch will be propably build on this foundation.

          • sfasljkas

            Samsung had a watch in 1999 what’s your point?

          • abazigal

            And any Iwatch will likely still sell millions.

        • Kelly Caffrey

          Everyone has their preferences; 800 thousand people were interested and got it. I’m pretty sure the Galaxy Gear is an ideal start for samsung. Atleast they have a smartwatch. Like @JonDuke19 said, Apple hasnt even released one yet and is a follower to those who have.

          Isn’t this a bit awkward for you now..

          • Jusephe

            800 thousand ?
            I will challenge you to find just one human that is interested in buying one.
            And beacause they did a smartwatch before Apple doesn’t mean they will make a revolution. Gear is just another smartwatch, just like others only backed up with a company big enough to give them away for free with every note 3 purchase in mine and many other countries and stuf them into market to claim this number that will fool many people into believing that it is an “success”. Yes a typical “ideal” samsung start.

          • Peter

            Now, now … have you forgotten about the original Note? Didn’t virtually everyone “in-the-know” think it would be a big flop? Funny how things change, with the new Note 3 being so successful.

          • cocofrazier

            U are correct. Every one is loving the Note line now!!!

          • Gator352

            I am. And I’m human…and she found me. You lost. Play again??

          • abazigal

            The question here is if 800000 people really did buy it, or did Samsung simply ship that many units to their retailer stores, and only 50,000 found their way into the hands of actual users?

    • samsparkin

      So happy to see Ur comment

      • MasterMuffin

        Lot of rage seems to have starten because of it D:

  • williamsteven

    Nice one enjoying its full notification with colour on my watch pairing with S4. Great work is done on this watch by installing camera plus ability to use mobile apps form smart phones. Really can’t stop playing around with google now! Cudos to Sammy.

  • sfasljkas

    Most xda members are happy with their gear

  • rj2885

    Love mine. Price a bit steap but I cant count how many times I did not have to take my phone out of my pocket. So easy to look at wrist.

  • Nian

    Well I for one am enjoying my Gear, wearing it as I type and to be honest, there are only a few things I would change software wise and it would be great. Oh and a front facing camera for video chat would have been good. (missed opportunity).
    800k isn’t a big stretch, given how many were bundled with the Note 3 and thats sold over 5 million.

  • cocofrazier

    I purchase the gear but I have not seen anyone else wit one on.

  • Richard Bryant

    I’m so mad at samsung, I have note 8 n5100 3g and cannot use gear and is a perfect fit. I have been a big samsung proponent but now starting to look elsewhere. Will be ordering Toc soon.

  • Criticaster

    i’m enjoying my gear for 3 weeks now and I love it. Certainly after the ,ajor update last week. Now including Whatsapp notification!