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Samsung to reveal Galaxy Gear smartwatch next month?

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August 16, 2013

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch could be revealed alongside the Galaxy Note 3 on Septembe...

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch could be revealed alongside the Galaxy Note 3 on September 4 (original image: Shutterstock)

Wearable computing has supposedly been the next big thing for a while now, but what wearables can you actually walk into a store and buy today? Sure, you have Pebble, fitness trackers and a few other smaller projects, but we're still waiting for the big guns from the Apples, Samsungs, and Googles of the world. That may soon change, though, as Samsung is reportedly going to pull back the curtain on its smartwatch, the so-called Galaxy Gear, next month.

The scoop comes from Bloomberg, whose sources say the "wristwatch-like smartphone" will share the spotlight with the Galaxy Note 3 phablet at the company's Mobile Unpacked 2 event on September 4.

Rumored details

So what will the Galaxy Gear do? Well, sources say the Android-running smartwatch will "make phone calls, surf the Web and handle e-mails." That's a pretty short (and quite possibly incomplete) list for a 2013 mobile device. But if it's handling them natively, rather than passing along notifications from another device (as Pebble does), then even that short list would make for an industry first.

No word yet on display size or resolution, but a separate report from the well-connected Sammobile suggests that the device will sport a dual core Samsung Exynos processor, along with 1 GB of RAM. Those would be pretty mid-range specs by 2013 smartphone standards, but when we're talking about wrist-based computing, things like form factor and battery life are going to take precedence over raw horsepower.

One thing that the Gear reportedly won't have is a flexible display. Earlier rumors, supported by a Samsung patent claim, had said the Korean company was developing the wrist-based computer with a bendy, flexy display in tow. If Bloomberg's sources have their facts straight, though, it looks like that was thrown out.

Beating Apple to the punch?

Again assuming this is all legit, it's now looking more likely that the Gear will beat the rumored Apple smartwatch (possibly called iWatch) to market. After several smash hits over the last decade, this is the dilemma today's Apple faces: as soon as word leaks of a major new Apple product in development, its fiercest rivals jump on the case, if they weren't already on it. The iWatch was originally rumored to launch late this year, but more recent chatter pointed to battery life issues pushing that back to late 2014.

Of course, just because Samsung is allegedly announcing the Galaxy Gear in September doesn't mean its launch will necessarily follow soon after. After all, Google first showcased Glass in mid 2012, and it's still only available for a small group of developers and "Explorer" guinea pigs.

Sources: Bloomberg, Sammobile

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Will Shanklin Will Shanklin covers consumer technology for Gizmag. He's previously written for Android Central, Geek, GottaBeMobile, Android Police, and The Huffington Post.
He lives in New Mexico, U.S., with his lovely wife, Jessica.
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4 Comments

I think Dick Tracy would be so jealous of this watch. IMO, it is really cool.

BigWarpGuy
16th August, 2013 @ 01:06 pm PDT

All clever ideas, but seems to me to be a solution looking for a question!All I have seen mooted so far - exception: the HOT Watch - seem to use Blutooth to link to your pocketed (i)Phone, so why have two gadgets? The HOT watch (shown at right beside this story) makes you "talk to the hand" equally as illegal as holding your phone to your ear while driving, so mostly pointless as well. I'll wait till they imbed the thing in one's skull - using bone conduction - but brain cancer scares will probably 'bury' that idea! (bad pun, sorry)

The Skud
18th August, 2013 @ 07:07 pm PDT

I cannot wait to see what they create. Along with what Google creates. I have been waiting for a decent smart watch to compliment my phone. Sometimes its just a pain when your phone vibrates and your sitting down in a tight place. You have to do the sideways stretch to retrieve it from your pocket. The watch solves many issues. Especially if they can make it listen and type out a message for me.

Ryandroid86
20th August, 2013 @ 03:59 pm PDT

This might turn out to be a great product for the hearing impaired if a voice recognition program is included. I could look at my watch while someone is speaking & instead of looking clueless, I could look bored.

noteugene
4th September, 2013 @ 03:12 pm PDT
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