Earlier this week we leaked photos of Samsung’s upcoming Smartwatch the Galaxy Gear and now Samsung has officially announced the device at IFA 2013 in Berlin. So now we know what the Galaxy Gear actually is.
The Galaxy Gear Smartwatch is exactly that a smartwatch, but it is made to be an accessory that works with your Galaxy smartphone. The Galaxy Gear has a really sleek design with a metal casing and metal buckle. The screen is a 1.6-inch Super AMOLED touch panel with a resolution of 320 x 320. The device is powered by an 800 MHz Exynos single-core processor and 512 MB of RAM. There is also a 315 mAh battery which Samsung claims will last up to a day on “regular” use.
Interestingly enough the Galaxy Gear has both a camera and speaker. The camera is actually on the wrist band and is capable of taking photos and 10 second videos a 720p. The speaker can be used for video playback and of course taking calls.
While there are many Samsung-developed apps for the device it looks like they have some serious 3rd party support for the device. Samsung says that 70 apps will be available for the Galaxy Gear when it launches. They have already said fitness apps like MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper are going to be available.
Samsung will be shipping the Galaxy Gear to 140 countries on September 25th, while the US and Japan will have to wait till October for the device. The expected retail price will be $299. So will you be picking one up?