Samsung's New Galaxy Gear Smart Watch Unveiled
After reports surfaced that Samsung was going to release a wrist-held computing device (or smart watch) to the public at the upcoming IFA Berlin technology event, the tech product juggernaut has let the rabbit out of the hat today.
News of the Samsung Gear Smart Watch (image, above) has hit tech blogs, with both CNN and its affiliate content partner Mashable (a Technorati Top 100 listing) rapid-firing images and information as it arrives on the device.
Via Mashable: Samsung Announces the Galaxy Gear Smart Watch
The Gear, which is said to be part of the Galaxy line of products, is reported to have a 1.6 inch LED screen, voice command control, and a built in 1.9 megapixel camera. BBC reports that the Gear will have a speaker and microphone, 4 gigs of internal storage, a non-removable battery, and can be used to make voice calls or control music. Expect it to also download and run specialty apps on its dimunitive screen.
According to Technorati listed blog Venture Beat, the watch's battery is reported to last for a full 10 hours.
Executives at Samsung repeatedly have referred to the device as a way to "enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience", calling the Galaxy Gear a "perfect companion for the Galaxy Note 3." ABC News has reported that the Gear can "discreetly alert users to incoming messages and calls on its display screen", and can be used as an app-based fitness device.
According to Mashable, the Gear will actually come as part of the purchase of Samsung's new flagship Phablet, the Galaxy Note 3, as a coupled (and perhaps supportive) device. Don't plan to grab yourself a Note 3 just yet? No worries, according to Samsung executives, the smart watch will be compatible with the entire Galaxy phone line.
The decision to couple the device to another purchase (rather than making it a stand-alone) may wind up being a bit of a letdown, as more people learn about the upcoming $300 device.
Gear image courtesy Mashable, Samsung