Posted by Abhijeet M. 11 months ago

Samsung Galaxy Gear announced: 1.63″ AMOLED display, 1.9MP camera, and more


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Well, the Galaxy Gear is finally official, as Samsung took the stage in NYC to take the wraps off its third-generation Note (which is awesome) and its first smartwatch, and at least on paper and in Samsung’s demo, the Gear is looking to be quite a good product. Initially, it will only pair with the Galaxy Note 3, with updates at a later date adding support for the Galaxy S3, S4, and a few other devices.

The point of entry into the Gear is the 1.63″ Super AMOLED display, which sports a 320 x 320 pixels resolution as expected and complements the nice design of the watch. On the strap you’ll find a 1.9-megapixel autofocus camera capable of full HD recording and macro mode, twin microphones with noise cancellation, and a speaker.

When it comes to the internals, the Gear is powered by a single-core 800MHz Exynos processor (yes, folks, no quad-core), 512MB of RAM, 4GB storage, and a 315mAh battery that comes with a dedicated charger cradle and is supposedly give all day battery life. There’s Bluetooth 4.3 LE, a gyroscope and accelerometer, though no cellular, Wi-Fi, or GPS radios.

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The software is the most interesting part of the Gear, and Samsung has managed to cram in a lot of functionality. In idle mode, it will show off either an analog or digital clock (with 10 pre-loaded options), after you wake it up by tapping the power button or bringing it up towards your face. A swipe down will take you to the camera, a swipe up will open the dialer, and sideways swipes will take you through all the apps. Reading a message or notification on the watch? Pick up your phone and that message will automatically show up.

Speaking of apps, the Gear has a pedometer app that tracks movement and reports it back to the Note 3′s S Health app, and other third-party apps like RunKeeper will also support the watch. S Voice is inbuilt, and will initially offer support for creating alarms, dictating messages, loading apps, and a few other features, though you’ll need to have your phone connected to a data connection. There are contacts and call log apps as well, and a two-finger tap on the screen will show Bluetooth, time, battery and other status, and you can also control the media playing on your phone through the watch.

To manage the Gear, the Gear Manager app will be installed on the Note 3, something we’d seen earlier in a leaked screenshot. It will allow users to install mini apps on the watch, connect to it via NFC, and let you find the watch using the “Find my Galaxy Gear” option, which will ring it as long as it’s within Bluetooth range.

The Galaxy Gear will go on sale from September 25 for $299 alongside the Galaxy Note 3 in over 140 countries. It will be available in some rather attractive colors, including Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green, though the strap isn’t exchangeable so you will have to give some consideration to the color you want before placing an order.

The Galaxy Gear had a lot of naysayers during the time of leaks, rumors, and speculation, but Samsung has created a much better product than anyone was expecting, with a great looking design. As a companion to your smartphone, it seems to have all the right ingredients, even though final verdict will only be possible once we get to live a few days with the Gear on our wrists.

What do you guys think? Did the Galaxy Gear impress, or were you expecting something more?

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12 comments on “Samsung Galaxy Gear announced: 1.63″ AMOLED display, 1.9MP camera, and more

  1. theonlymac 11 months ago said:

    Battery is WAY too small. I don’t want to have to take my watch of every evening, let alone twice a day if you’re actually using it more heavily. At least if it would have wireless charging it would be more acceptable but at this price it’s not caught my interest.

    Besides, it would be like
    “Yay i’ve bought a 5.7″ phone, but i won’t take it out of my pocket all day because i have a 1.6″ watch.. Like what sense does that make?! For 300$?

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  2. fer_champions 11 months ago said:

    It’s a joke that samsung hasn’t launch yet a compatible version of android for the s3 & note 2… the most sold smartphones!!! incredible SAMSUNG we can’t buy this powerful smartwatch…..

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  3. Primus01 11 months ago said:

    I’d pay $100, but it is not worth $300 and I would not put out that much for a watch.

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  4. randy1911 11 months ago said:

    Sammobile can you please find out if they are offering a bundle because 299 for the watch and 799 for the note 3 is to much money 849 for both is perfect sweet spot anything over 899 is awful

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    • Abhijeet M. 11 months ago said:

      There is some talk of offering bundles, but nothing is official yet as far as I know. We’ll try to get some more info from our guys at IFA, and let you know accordingly. I personally hope there IS a bundle!

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  5. Primus01 11 months ago said:

    How do you know the price for the watch?

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  6. pizzaman 11 months ago said:

    The Omate on kickstarter has so much more to offer. It is stand alone so it doesn’t require a phone, has expandable storage, is ip67 waterproof, has a 5 megapixel camera, gps… It can make phone calls without using a phone. And it has access to the Play store, so you can install apps like endomondo right on the phone itself.

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  7. gtone339 11 months ago said:

    Very pricey for Samsung’s smart watch, but I dislike the battery life of it! Battery life lasts a day? Maybe improvements or updates may improve it?

    Anyway, it’s pricey so I don’t expect it to sell much like a smartphone would.

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  8. remfpage 11 months ago said:

    Disappointed with the design, UI, price or let me say the whole devices. its not what I’ve expected. the sketched has been release before here was way to far for the real released yesterday. for me, i will never buy item item.

    i would rather see and buy the S Band than this. still hoping for the Samsung S Band……

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  9. opethianskies 11 months ago said:

    I have Sony Ericsson’s smartwatch like product called liveview, but it has problems like self-disconnection of bluetooth,and reconnect takes so much time, never reconnects automatically, i had to even root my GNote II but it wasn’t a solution… I will buy this one, and will see the difference I hope there will be no problems of connection between two devices. I’ve started saving money for this :) GJ Samsung… That is far beyond my imagination :)

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