Samsung announces the Gear Sports

by Volker Weber

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I don't really understand what Samsung is doing. This year they announce a new Gear Sports watch (left) which has the same CPU, memory and RAM like last year's Gear S3. It's just slightly smaller and lighter, with a smaller display, comes with a new design, and does not have WiFi. Compare this to last year's Gear S3 Frontier (right), where Samsung was very proud to have delivered a classic watch design. Forget the watchface for a second, and just look at the body. Wouldn't it be much smarter if they kept the design for a few years and upgraded the internals instead and deliver software updates for the recent models? I mean, like Apple is doing it?


Why should Samsung act like Apple in case of smart watches when they do not act like Apple in case of smartphones?

Manfred Wiktorin, 2017-08-31

Because the Apple Watch is quite successful and the Gear watches are not.

Volker Weber, 2017-08-31

They are still down the device sales path. Shortterm thinking vs. building an eco-system you can resell/upsell all the time. The second one is much harder to accomplish from a management perspective - you need to have a plan that spans multiple financial quarters and a clear vision for your whole product set. Non of that I can see at Samsung - same thing from printers to washing machines to phones to accessories. Maybe the portfolio is too big.

Heiko Voigt, 2017-08-31

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