You may have come across a photo of the upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch by Samsung, which leaked a couple of days ago. We can’t blame you if you are still in shock. The device caught on camera looks less than attractive. Don’t get discouraged, though. Apparently, it was nothing more than a prototype available to developers. It seems that the final product will have a different appearance, at least according to Om Malik. And let’s hope that it is true, because a wearable miniature version of the Galaxy S4 is not the best idea for a smartwatch.
Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is scheduled for an official announcement on September 4th, ahead of the annual IFA consumer tech show in Berlin. However, the multitude of leaked specs already paint a pretty clear picture. Keep in mind that these are still unconfirmed details, but if they pan out, the device will be more powerful than many entry level-smartphones.
What exactly can we expect? The Galaxy Gear will most probably come with a 2.5-inch 320 x 320 OLED display. To this you will have to add bezels, so the face will actually measure 3 inches diagonally. The device is believed to be powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Exynos 4412 processor with Mali-400 MP4 processing graphics.
The smartwatch is expected to offer 1 GB of RAM, numerous sensors, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, built-in camera and mic, as well as other goodies. The Galaxy Gear will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and apparently will require a Samsung device and a special Samsung-specific app store to install apps on the watch.