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Samsung Confirm Galaxy Gear SmartWatch
After much speculation, Samsung’s Executive Vice President has confirmed reports that Samsung’s new wearable - the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch - will be unveiled at Berlin’s IFA show on the 4th September. There have been lots of rumours about a possible iWatch device from Apple but the latest is that it’s unlikely to be ready until the middle of 2014.
Samsung are confident that the Galaxy Gear will ‘lead a new trend in smart mobile communications’. It’s expected that it will compliment and add to the smartphone experience as an accessory rather than be a standalone device that you can make calls from. It has been confirmed that the smartwatch will run on Android and it will not feature a flexible display which has surprised some as Samsung have been working on developing flexible OLED screen technology.
Samsung also said that the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch would be aimed at the younger ‘trendsetters’ market which could mean that they aren’t aiming at mass market sales initially, the price which has yet to be advised would certainly be an important factor in determining its appeal.
At the moment the exact specifications of the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch haven’t been released or confirmed however it’s expected that it will feature a 2.5-inch square display with an OLED screen and with a resolution of 320 x 320. It will be powered by a dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and will work with Bluetooth 4.0 devices. It’s anticipated that it will need a Samsung app downloaded via Samsung’s App store which would indicate that the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch will only be compatible with Samsung smartphones. Rumour has it that the smartwatch will initially be available in a choice of 5 colours including black, white, grey, orange and gold.
With regard to the features of the Galaxy Gear, it’s expected that you’ll be able to make and receive phone calls via your mobile, send and receive texts and emails and access the internet. It’s likely to work simultaneously with a smartphone so you can start off with doing a task on your smartwatch and finish it off on your mobile. Look out for our update next week on the Galaxy Gear once it’s had its official launch.