Thursday, August 29, 2013

More Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch details leak

Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch on Sept. 4, the company has confirmed. While the Note 3 is interesting, it's the smartwatch that is garnering the most attention, and details of the wearable computing device leaked by AmongTech via GigaOm on Thursday.

Here are some the details that are rumored for the device, previously:
  • Many variations of the smartwatch have been seeded to developers, but most have square screens and all have high quality OLED displays that show a full spectrum of colors.
  • The screen size is about 2 1/2-inches diagonally
  • Including the case, the Gear is 3-inches diagonally
  • Resolution is rumored to be 320 x 320
  • Processor is said to be dual-core, perhaps even a 1.5 Ghz Samsung Exynos 4212 dual core processor with a Mali-400 MP4 GPU
  • A camera is integrated into the strap
  • Speakers are integrated into the clasp of the watch
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE which it will use to connect with smartphones which will provide the data connection for the device
  • NFC
The new rumors say that the Galaxy Gear will have 10 hours of battery life. Battery life is something that Google Glass currently sucks at, and it's something that Apple is working hard to improve on its iWatch, so that number wouldn't be hard to believe; a full work day is something that all devices have to reach to be effective.

In addition, the Galaxy Gear will come with 1GB of RAM and either 6GB or 8GB of internal storage. That 6GB size seems a little off, though, as we'd expect 4GB and 8GB would be more standard.

More details on the camera: it will have a 4-megapixel sensor with 720p video recording capability.

All of this seems pretty aggressive for a device this small. Samsung might optimize things as Apple does, though, meaning that it's possible the Galaxy Gear will only connect to Samsung smartphones. However, something that also leaked on Thursday, screenshots of the companion app, seem to point to a more Android-device agnostic approach.

The screenshots do show that the app can manage “Samsung Apps," however.

Whether the device is Samsung specific or Android-specific, we're still not sold on this idea. Truly, it's not that hard to pull out a smartphone, and since this will require we have a smartphone anyway, do we really need to spend the extra money?

That's another big question: pricing. Samsung has the event scheduled for Sept. 4, so we'll see what they say then, though as anyone who watches these events knows, OEMs don't always tell you the price right away.

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