Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch specs and features

September 5, 20130 Comments

Samsung unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch much ahead of its arch rival Apple. This should set the tone for the perfect holiday season this year. The Gear smartwatch according to Samsung acts as an extension to a smartphone by notifying users of incoming messages and calls in its display screen. Users can do quite a bit of stuff without actually having to remove their smartphones from their pockets. Users can make calls or read out messages on the screen.

The device also comes with a basic camera and can record video in HD for 10secs. The Super AMOLED screen is 1.63-inches square, with a 320 x 320 resolution and 278 PPI. The 315mAh battery is said to get you a full 24 hours under normal use. The 800 MHz Exynos processor powers the Gear and by the first looks it looked sluggish. We will have to find out more on that only after using it for various tasks.

There are two microphones on either side of the screen that are used to help with noise cancellation, and can be used for voice-to-text input, or to control a voice call. The home button will rest on the right side, and by clicking that you be will taken to S-Voice.

While the metal frame around the screen will come in two colors — silver and rose gold — the band will offer many more choices. Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, Jet Black, Mocha Grey, Wild Orange, and Lime Green will make up the wrist strap choices at launch and the camera is actually built into the band.

The Gear smartwatch is not a standalone device but has much of the same features as current smartwatches. Samsung says it will be have over 70 compatible apps at launch, including Evernote, Pinterest, and RunKeeper. Gear Manager, an app available for the Note 3, will control settings and apps for the Gear.

The Android-powered device starts shipping in most countries September 25 starting at USD 299. Watch out the hands on video below to learn more about the latest Galaxy Gear.

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