As expected, Samsung has finally launched its new smartwatch called the Galaxy Gear. The smartwatch will be available around the world starting from September 25 but will initially work only with the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 that were also announced at today’s event. Samsung will release software updates that will make it compatible with the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II.
Unlike what was expected the Samsung smartwatch rather comes with a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED panel offering 320x320pixels resolution. It comes with a 1.9-megapixel BSI sensor on its strap and offers auto-focus and is capable of shooting videos at 720p. The Galaxy Gear packs in an 800MHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.
The smartwatch can be connected to the smartphone to get notifications about incoming for calls, texts, emails and alerts and also offers a preview of messages to allow users to accept or ignore these using the smartwatch itself. For battery backup, it comes with a 315mAh non-removable battery which as per the company’s claims runs for up to a day.
Besides this, the Galaxy Gear comes with two built-in mics and a speaker to allow answering or making calls. It connects over Bluetooth and sensors like an accelerometer and gyroscope, and supports third-party applications. Samsung has partnered with 70 odd apps including the earlier speculated fitness-related apps like MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper, and other apps like Evernote, Line, eBay and more. Moreover, users will also be able to access smartphone features like S Voice, Find My Device, and a pedometer from their Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be available in six colors including jet black, mocha gray, wild orange, oatmeal beige, rose gold, and lime green.
Basically, it will work similar the Sony Smartwatch works with selected Sony smartphones but the Galaxy Gear will offer more features like camera and ability to make and receive calls. Samsung has not announced the price of the Galaxy Gear.
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