*UPDATED: Nope* – First Samsung Gear 360 pricing hint surfaces, and it’s not pretty
Update from Samsung PR below.
You’d be forgiven for forgetting the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge didn’t fly solo to Barcelona for pre-MWC introductions back in February, as Samsung remains curiously tight-lipped about the retail price of that game-changing Gear 360 spherical VR camera.
In fact, there was essentially nothing following the 360-degree video recorder’s announcement and quick MWC demonstrations. No ads, no teasers, no mentions of a prospective commercial release date. Just a vague Q2 ETA.
Well, the year’s second quarter is officially underway, and B&H Photo Video seems to have jumped the gun, likely without Samsung’s authorization. The question is whether the US retailer actually knows something or makes an educated guess by listing the Gear 360 as “coming soon” at $350.
Wait, $350?! That’s a little steep, at least compared to the closest thing we got to a direct rival. The LG 360 CAM can already be purchased in exchange for only $200, and multiple American carriers offered or still offer it as a free G5 deal sweetener.
So, is the Samsung Gear 360 that much better than the competition? On paper, it’s slightly superior, with dual 15MP CMOS sensors topping the 13 megapixel count of the LG 360 CAM, plus dual f/2.0 Fisheye lenses, 3,840 x 1,920 video recording at 30 fps, and 30MP still capabilities. If we’re not missing something big however, a $250 or so tag feels like it would be more on-par with the spec sheet. $300, max. Let’s hope this isn’t an official MSRP.
We recently caught a tweet exchange from Samsung PR rep Phil Berne, and it seems this might not be the right launch price for the Gear 360. More news as it unfolds…
Update: Nope https://t.co/0s9kJZYW65
— Phil McQuackin (@philipberne) April 7, 2016