The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch has been revealed on stage at the Samsung’s unpacked event on the eve of the IFA trade show in Berlin. It’s the Korean giant’s attempt at putting a shot in the arm of the smartwatch market and it’s all-aboard the 2013 wearable tech train.
The Galaxy Gear is a 1.6-inch 320 x 320 resolution OLED companion device that can be used – no shock here – as a watch. It is mainly designed, however, to integrate with your smart devices, namely the Android smartphone that’s likely to be in your pocket. The Samsung Galaxy Gear will alert you of incoming calls, texts, emails and alerts. And as it’s strapped to your wrist you’ll know your phone’s ringing whichever room you may have left it in.
An auto-lock feature ensures the Gear will only function to control your smartphone when within a 1.5-metre distance. It can communicate further away than that, but will be locked-down for security. And if your phone goes walkabouts then the inclusion of a “find my phone” feature takes on a new level of coolness, direct from the wrist.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear also has an S Voice. feature. It doubles up as a speaker and microphone so you can keep on chatting if your hands are full. It’s hands-free, strapped directly to your wrist.
There’s an 1.9-megapixel camera on-board to capture still images or 720p HD video, while an accelerometer and gyroscope also feature alongside 4GB of internal storage. A variety of features apps – such as MyFitness Pal – will make best use of such features.
The Samsung Gear runs using an 800MHz processor along with 512MB of RAM.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear will be released to the world on the 25th of September 2013, hopefully we should have it also in Nigeria by then.
No price has been announced on the Samsung Galaxy Gear yet.