Apple Watch specs rumor claims parity with current Android Wear devices

Apple Watch specs rumor claims parity with current Android Wear devices
The Apple Watch won't be out on store shelves for a while (it could be anywhere from 4 to 8 months, for all we know), but that isn't stopping the rumor mill from trying to figure out what to expect from the smartwatch specs. The early buzz is claiming that the Apple Watch will have specs that are about on par with the current crop of Android Wear devices.

The information is coming from unnamed sources in the supply chain and relayed by analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company. Arcuri claims that the Apple Watch will feature 512MB of RAM, supplied by Samsung, Hynix and Micron, and at least 4GB of storage. These numbers would match the specs seen in the Samsung Gear Live, LG G Watch, and Moto 360. However, it is possible that Apple will offer larger storage options. 

Arcuri also says that the Apple Watch could feature a Broadcom BCM43342 chip, which is also found in the iPhone 5s. That chip contains wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and an FM radio receiver. The same chip was actually spotted by Chipworks, based on an image of the Apple Watch internals that Apple shared during its announcement. We've been hoping for a smartwatch to have Wi-Fi, so it would be nice if this turns out to be true. The chip does also include a GPS radio, but Apple specifically said that the Watch would need to be connected to an iPhone for GPS, so there is no guarantee that all of the features of the chip will be turned on. 

We would note that given how far away from release, and therefore how far we are from mass production of the Apple Watch, these specs have a high probability of changing. Still, they do sound reasonable, so the final specs may not be that far off. Apple rarely worries about the specs race, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the Apple Watch match what Android Wear offers today rather than what Android Wear devices will have next year. 

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42 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6774; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

"The early buzz is claiming that the Apple Watch will have specs that are about on par with the current crop of Android Wear devices." Well guess what, it will be outdated in 4-8 months since Android is always light years ahead of iOS in terms of specs and functionality.

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

He probably means a crappy battery

20. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Hope you really don't believe that? Apple was the first to use a 64 Bit chip android hasn't. Look at reviews and benchmarks the new IPhone 6 has blown away the current android kingpins as well. Oh let's see any of us with an android phone that 2-3 yrs old get the new L update from Google. But Apple iPhones are running on iOS 8 for the 4s. And yes I have android phones.

28. av911 unregistered

"But Apple iPhones are running on iOS 8 for the 4s." And the 4s performs ths same, right? No slow down at all. /s Try going back to iOS 7.1.2 after Apple closes the window if someone doesn't like iOS8. Oh right, you can't, 'cause Apple is dictating what version you can use.

30. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

What reviews and benchmarks have said “the new IPhone 6 has blown away the current android kingpins as well“?

36. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Especially graphics benchmarks, the iPhone 6(+) performs outstanding, only topped by K1 & Denver I believe.

38. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

They were referring to the Anandtech benchmarks which doesn't suggest anything remotely close to blowing away Android. In fact, if the SD805 would win most if it had a 750p screen instead of a QHD one.

39. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The iPhone 6 isn't blowing anything away. It does well in Web based benchmarks, but when it comes to overall performance, not so much. Just last week it lost to Snapdragon 801 phones in Basemark X. Look at 3d mark overall in Anand's review. It's middle of the pack behind many other SD 801 phones. The 805 will widen the gap even more. It's a great phone, but it's not slaughtering anything, and barely had any speed increase over the last generation iPhone.

42. caesantos

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Not to mention the release of Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810.

2. HASHTAG unregistered

If that's the case, which was expected, then should they knock at least $100 off the price. I wouldn't want to spend that much money on pretty much a beta product.

5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That's just how Apple rolls. Release hardware that is at least a year behind and charge like its light years ahead. As long as people keeping buying them that's not going to change. In fact, now that they realized that a rebadged iphone 5 only nets you one million less weekend sales than a full HD phablet with OIS, guess what's going to happen now. No more full HD products from them since the 6 plus is lagging on that resolution. They will just rebadge the 5s with an iPhone 6 design and sell just as much, thanks to the ifans.

40. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

To be fair, the iPhone generally runs really well and smoothly. People pay what they're willing to pay, and if they weren't willing, the iPhone wouldn't sell, and the price would be forced down. Some people are fine buying a 720p TV, and if the screen is small enough, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference. Heck, some of the cable channels on my box transmit in 720p, and is not that noticeable a difference from the 1080i of other channels. Just buy what you like, and let others by what they like. As long as they're not using your money to buy it, so cares?

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Can't say this thing will take off much, even with the iZombie horde backing it. The UI is just way too childish looking and inconvenient. The hardware looks are also fairly off putting with literally one choice and different straps. The straps are useless as they serve to accentuate a watch rather than be the main differentiating factor. No one will focus on the straps past the first glance as it is with watches.

6. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Never underestimate the ihorde. Rebadged iPhone 5 in plastic only selling one million less than the iPhone 6 plus, which is at least somewhat tried to be up to date in specs with full HD and OIS. Now that Apple have seen the error of their ways and realize that even with no effort, the horde will buy....guess what's going to happen next? instead of making something actually up to date, they are going to rebadge the iphone 6 in plastic, take out 8gb of storage and sell just as much. This watch will sell unfortunately. On a high note though, the horde will turn eventually. Every company has a shelf life.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The straps are useless? Won't they at least keep the watch on your wrist lol?

37. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Actually, the straps and how they can be changed is one of the few features I do like on this watch. And maybe they are just there to accentuate, but looking at the Moto360 with leather or metal strap, the latter one has so much more appeal to me.

4. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Are they going to change the plastic toy watch design? For that look, they should drop the price to really low.

7. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Can the put a laser blaster on it. Like Buzz Lightyear? cuz then I want one...

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can't wait to get the aluminum sport with a white band, on my wrist.

35. thekoifish

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

Smart watches are a pointless, overpriced, fancy fuelband. They aren't a standalone product, it relies on tethering to your phone. Why would I need a product that has half the capabilities as the one in my pocket. Don't give me the convince be cause you're not that lazy. For this market to flourish it needs to be as functional as a phone and/or be able to go places my phone can't. Make me not have to carry my phone around. The tech isn't there yet and no where near worth the price tag

41. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

the samsung geal s works on its own

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