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Echoes of Apple in Samsung’s latest lineup: Inspiration or imitation?

Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event yesterday has generated lots of interest, but not entirely for the reasons the company might have hoped. The unveiling of the Galaxy Watch 7, Watch 7 Ultra, and the innovative Galaxy Ring was met with a mix of excitement and skepticism, as critics and consumers alike couldn’t help but draw comparisons to Apple’s product lineup.

There were few big surprises on the big day as most of the info was leaked ahead of time or teased by Samsung itself. The company launched the next iteration of its watch series, including for the first time a rugged timepiece. The smart ring was another first-of-its-kind for the company. We also saw the redesigned Buds3 and two new foldable phones.

Copying is a form of flattery – up to a point…

The elephant in the room, however, was the undeniable resemblance between Samsung’s new offerings and those of its Cupertino-based rival. From the Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra’s design echoing the Apple Watch Ultra, right down to the watch band, to the Galaxy Buds 3 sporting AirPods-like stems, the similarities are hard to ignore. Even the product naming conventions seem to borrow heavily from Apple’s playbook, with the “Ultra” moniker taking center stage.

Samsung copying Apple

This apparent imitation hasn’t gone unnoticed by the media. Headlines from reputable tech outlets are pulling no punches, with Business Insider boldly declaring, “Samsung’s new ‘Ultra’ watch and earbuds are shameless Apple copycats.” The Verge and Mashable have joined the chorus, questioning Samsung’s design choices and apparent shift towards Apple-esque aesthetics.

Samsung copying Apple

Adding fuel to the fire is the pricing strategy for the new Galaxy Ring. At $400, it’s not just pricey; it’s also exclusively compatible with Samsung phones, mirroring Apple’s notorious ecosystem lock-in approach. This move has left many wondering if Samsung is abandoning its own identity in pursuit of Apple’s successful formula. You could even say yesterday’s Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event was an advertisement for Apple products.

The irony of the situation isn’t lost on longtime tech observers. Samsung has a history of mocking Apple in its advertising campaigns, yet now finds itself accused of the very behavior it once ridiculed. This contradiction has sparked a flurry of online comments, with users quipping, “Copy, make it worse, paste,” and “If you can’t beat them, then join them.”

The fine line between inspiration and imitation

However, it’s not all doom and gloom for the Korean tech giant. Samsung continues to lead the charge in foldable smartphone technology, an arena where Apple has yet to make its mark. But even this achievement has been overshadowed by the copycat allegations surrounding their other product lines.

Some fans argue that there are only so many ways to design a smartwatch or earbuds, suggesting that similarities are inevitable. Others propose that Samsung could have differentiated more effectively, perhaps by maintaining a circular watch face for the Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra or offering greater customization options.

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As the dust settles on yesterday’s event, we are left to ponder the fine line between inspiration and imitation in the fast-paced world of consumer electronics. While Samsung’s strategy of closely mirroring its competitor’s designs is clear, the true test will lie in the performance and user experience of these new devices. To remind, the company has launched a new BioSensor which promises some innovative health metrics.

In an industry where innovation is king, Samsung’s apparent “copy and paste” approach has raised eyebrows. Yet, competition often breeds innovation, and perhaps this mimicry will push both companies to new heights of creativity. Let’s hope this turns out to be the case.

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Marko Maslakovic

Marko founded Gadgets & Wearables in 2014, having worked for more than 15 years in the City of London’s financial district. Since then, he has led the company’s charge to become a leading information source on health and fitness gadgets and wearables.

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