More information about the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch leaks

More information about the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch leaks
On September 4th, Samsung is expected to introduce the Samsung Galaxy Note III and its new Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. While there seems to be more interest in the phablet, the launch of the watch is actually much more important for Samsung. With Apple apparently having difficulties developing the Apple iWatch, Samsung will have the stage all to itself for the first unveiling in this new smartwatch era.

A couple of days ago, we told you that the device is expected to run using a dual-core 1.5GHz Samsung Exynos 5412 CPU with an ARM Mali-400 MP4 GPU, 1GB of RAM, a 1.67 inch AMOLED display with resolution of 320 x 320. The watch also includes a 2MP camera, and support for both Bluetooth and NFC.

Now, however, sources point out that the Galaxy Gear will have a larger, 2.5-inch OLED display with 320 x 320 pixel resolution. Moreover, the chip inside it is said to actually be an Exynos 4212, the same as in the international Galaxy S III.

Now, some more information about the watch has leaked. At the time of the first report, we might have sounded a bit skeptical about the camera placement. But the latest speculation has the camera integrated with the strap along with tiny speakers placed in the clasp of the watch. Furthermore, the device is expected to support Bluetooth 4.0 LE which means it will work great with wireless monitors designed to measure your health. These include monitors to measure your heart rate and blood pressure. And because you're using Bluetooth 4.0 LE, it won't be a stress on your watch's battery.

While the watch will have an accelerometer, and the screen will support the usual gestures such as swiping, there will be no way to enter text on the watch. Versions of the watch that were handed out to developers came with either Android 4.1 or Android 4.2 aboard. There is Twitter and Facebook integration out of the box, allowing you to use the smartwatch to keep up with your social networks. To sync the watch with your phone, you will need to install the Samsung watch manager app which will be available from Samsung's own app store. That could mean that owning a Samsung Galaxy handset or tablet will be necessary if you want to use the watch to its fullest.

If  the watch is released in week 40, as one source says it will be (September 30-October 6th), and everything goes smoothly, this could be Samsung's game to win or lose with Apple having to play catch-up.

source: GigaOM

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26 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Why is the keyboard disabled? It'won't be that hard to type. ,

5. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Screen size would make voice to text better.

2. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I think Sony needs to re-reinvent their watch. Hopefully they thought the same & will drop a surprise with the i9 Honomi(sp?).

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Wait for Sept 4th for FULL DETAILS

16. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

working or i could have have visited the exhibition in person. :(

4. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

So... 'If' this device does indeed feature a 2.5 inch display (as curently being reported) then it would have to be either curved or flexible, otherwise it won't be able to conform to the contour of the average wrist. This 'Galaxy Gear' thingy is looking more and more interesting every day.

8. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

This report says 1.67" display.

25. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

"sources point out that the Galaxy Gear will have a larger, 2.5-inch OLED display with 320 x 320 pixel resolution. "

24. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

2.5" SQUARE display would be a total disaster for this watch. I was hoping for the 1.67 square or slight rectangle. I want it to look like a WATCH first, and gadget 2nd.

6. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

When I first heard of the new watch craze, I wasn't that interested because it first sounded too good to be true, or too gadgety. Being a timepiece fan, the one element I'd love to know the most about this is the battery life. If they can get a few days life out of this, might be worth looking into. If they can sell this with a professional band and give people a wide variety of watch faces, might seriously check this out.

7. twens

Posts: 1184; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

If I am right this watch is faster than an iPhone. Lol

21. siva239

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

true, hope it doesnt lag like S4

9. khmer

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Apple said it, Samsung built it. So who own the smartwatch patent.

14. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

.. Sony

17. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

seeing how this is their third attempt at smartwatch with first being in the late 90s or early 00s, i think that honor goes to samsung over both sony or apple

22. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Seiko is the first who developed smartwatch.

10. khmer

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

This watch look like a flexible display on your wrist the James Bond style. Coool

11. BooBooooooo

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

i heard that the flexible display wouldn't be used this time.... how long time should we wait for flexible display....i've ever dreamed this!!!

12. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

red fruit alert::how can we make..i dont know..

13. drnggaj33

Posts: 127; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

so everyone gonna wear a computer on their arm and the battery wont last ....for real talking about that stupid samsung smart watch and iwatch from apple smh

15. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Imagine this thing exploding on your arm and you end up losing your it. Specially the right arm...

18. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Sony SmartWatch 2 anyone?

19. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Slightly off-topic, but I don't really think Apple is having problems developing the watch. No, I think they are doing what Apple does best... Wait for a competitor's product to be out so they can figure out where they can make their "revolutionary" and "innovative" improvements.

20. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Exynos 4412 (NOT 5412)..

23. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

4212 actually..

26. sam.7

Posts: 68; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

seriously this is s**t.. having a 1gb ram,dual processors on a tiny screen?? m getting freak!

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