Yesterday a report surfaced suggesting Samsung’s Galaxy Gear was a massive failure, and that the company sold just 50,000 units since launch. Now, Samsung is going on the record disputing those claims, stating that it has actually sold 800,000 Galaxy Gear units in just two months. It’s hard to believe, considering most reviewers disliked the smartwatch, and we wonder how many of those sales are actually to retail channels, where they’re still sitting in warehouses somewhere.
According to Reuters, sales of the Galaxy Gear beat out even Samsung’s expectations. To help build on its apparent success, Samsung will offer holiday deals for the smartwatch in the coming weeks, though the company didn’t say what we can expect. Any price drop could potentially make it much more attractive to a wider audience.
The Galaxy Gear likely had a slow start since it was only supported by two devices, including the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Galaxy Note 3. Samsung expanded support to more handsets shortly after launch, though the $300 smartwatch has largely been considered too expensive for its benefits. Samsung said it promises to expand support to even more support.
Update: It looks like our skepticism might have been for good reason. Yonhap is reporting that Samsung’s words were taken out of context by Reuters and that it shipped 800,000 Galaxy Gear units. Obviously shipments (to retailer partners) and sales (to consumers) have very different meanings. It’s possible, as we said, that these “shipped” units are sitting in warehouses somewhere.