At yesterday’s unpacked 2013 episode 2 event, the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1 2014 edition were not the only products announced. Samsung has announced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch which is billed as a companion device to the Galaxy Note 3. However, it is important to note that it will work with the Galaxy S4, S3 and Note 2 phones with an upcoming software update. So what is packed into this smartwatch? Well, take a look at the specs below.
|Display||1.63inch (41.4mm) Super AMOLED (320 x 320)|
|Camera||1.9Megapixel BSI Sensor, Auto Focus Camera / Sound & Shot|
HD (720p) Playback & Recording
Format : M4A
|Featured Apps||Atooma is a contextually aware horizontal intelligence platform that makes your Galaxy Gear smarter.|
|Banjo gives you the power to see what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world.|
|Evernote watch app makes it easy to remember things by quickly capturing images and memories and bringing important reminders right to Galaxy Gear.|
|Glympse allows people to easily share their location temporarily and in real-time, letting recipients see their movements on a dynamic map.|
|eBay app allows you to complete all your transactions on eBay with ease and in real-time.|
|Line is a global messaging service available in over 230 countries worldwide.|
|MyFitnessPal tracks your nutrition and exercise, empowering you to achieve your personal health and fitness goals.|
|Path is the personal network designed to bring you closer to your friends and family.|
|Pocket, the leading way to save web content to view later on any device, brings text-to-speech article playback to Galaxy Gear.|
|RunKeeper is the personal trainer in your pocket, helping you track your runs, set your goals, and stay motivated.|
|TripIt from Concur makes it easy to organise travel plans in one place.|
|Vivino Wine Scanner allows you to take a photo of any wine and get to know all about it instantly.|
|Samsung Services||Samsung Apps|
|ChatON: mobile communication service|
|Additional Features||Smart Relay, S Voice, Memographer, Voice Memo|
|Auto Lock, Find My Device, Media Controller, Pedometer, Stopwatch, Timer|
|Safety assistance: In case of emergency, press a power button 3 times continuously, and then user’s location information is transferred to the saved contacts with message.|
|2 Microphones (Noise Cancellation), 1 Speaker|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth® v 4.0 + BLE|
|Memory||4GB Internal memory + 512MB (RAM)|
|Dimension||36.8 x 56.6 x 11.1mm, 73.8g|
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-ion 315mAh|
Samsung Galaxy Gear lets users live in the moment while staying connected to their Samsung Galaxy devices. It notifies users of incoming messages, such as calls, texts, emails and alerts, delivers a preview of those messages and creates the opportunity for users to accept or discreetly ignore those messages. When an incoming message requires more than a quick glance, users can simply pick up their Samsung Galaxy devices and the Smart Relay feature will instantly reveal the full content on the screen.
The built-in speaker allows users to conduct hands-free calls directly from the Gear, maintaining connections to their mobile communications without disrupting their daily routines. For example, a user leaving the grocery store, whose hands are full with shopping bags, could still make a call by speaking into the Galaxy Gear without touching the screen. Users can also draft messages, create new calendar entries, set alarms, and check the weather on the Galaxy Gear with S Voice.
In addition to enabling smart device controls, Samsung Galaxy Gear introduces several features that help users easily capture life’s meaningful moments which otherwise might be missed. With the Memographer feature, a 1.9Megapixel camera, users who are on the move or participating in physical activities can record both photos and video to create quick, visual records of important information or events from their daily lives, as well as share them on their social networks. Extending the quick-record concept, Voice Memo lets users capture important thoughts or conversations from their wrists and save those voice recordings into texts on their Samsung Galaxy devices.
Another thing that is worth noting is that there will also be a small number of apps which have been tailored to work with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch with more on the way.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear will be launched with the Galaxy Note 3 in more than 140 countries around the world from September 25th, 2013. Samsung says the Galaxy watch will cost about $300. That is the equivalent of £190, although the firm has not announced a UK price yet. However, be sure to check back for an update on the pricing side of things. For a detailed breakdown of all the features, please check out Samsung’s official press release.