Galaxy Gear, Samsung’s first smartwatch, is expected to debut at IFA Berlin 2013 tech fair, synchronized with the debut of Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Well, according to the latest reports the Galaxy Gear might become the tech enthusiast’s favorite.
According to the rumor mill Samsung is taking its September 4 launches very serious, as the South Korea-based company will reportedly host press conferences in two different cities, Berlin and New York. Moreover, sources close to the company say that Sammy will even open a store in Times Square, where those willing to get their hands on Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be able to test it or even pre-order it.
In the meantime, even though the first leaked photos of the smartwatch are nowhere to be found, we have the first details about the Galaxy Gear hardware platform. Apparently Samsung has tested several design variants, most of them packing rectangular OLED displays with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. In the 3 inch (diagonally) case of the smartwatch there’s a Samsung Exynos 4212 chipset based on a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU and Mali 400 MP4 GPU. According to Sammobile the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will have a 2.5-inch display.
Instead of a WiFi interface, the Galaxy Gear will sync with your smartphone via a Bluetooth 4.0 LE connection, probably in order to minimize the battery consumption.
A camera sensor integrated into the strap will provide support for video calls, while the integrated mic and speaker will allow the users to communicate without using other accessories. It seems that the Galaxy Gear also comes with a NFC chip which will allow electronic payments and paring with other NFC enabled devices. The accelerometer will reportedly unlock the display every time you want to check the Galaxy gear, while other sensors will come in handy when using apps that monitor ambient conditions or the user’s health.
As you probably guessed, the interaction with the device’s functions is made through a touch interface, using swipe gestures and simple taps to select different on-screen elements. Unfortunately, the text input will not be possible given the reduced size of the display.
Galaxy Gear will be some sort of a companion for your smartphone or tablet, its software working synchronized with any of the two aforementioned devices, by display notifications and other information gathered from compatible applications. For example, if you access the notifications you will be able to read the messages, emails, or missed calls, that you received on your smartphone or tablet. Of course, Galaxy Gear will also be compatible with Facebook and Twitter, also being capable to handle their notifications.
Another interesting detail about Samsung Galaxy Gear is the applications store. Reports say that instead of using Google Play, Samsung will use its own applications store, which basically means that you will need a Samsung branded smartphone or tablet in order to be able to use Galaxy Gear at its full capacity.
Personally, I believe that Samsung’s own app ecosystem is not big enough to attract enough customers, but these are just rumors and they should be treated like rumors.
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