Soon after introducing the Galaxy Note 3 officially, Samsung also unveiled the highly anticipated Galaxy Gear, a Smartwatch based on the Android operating system that is going to represent “a perfect companion for your smartphone.”
The Smartwatch features a Super AMOLED display of 1.63 inches with a resolution of 320 × 320 pixels, framed in the metal shell, a rubber strap, a 1.9-megapixel integrated camera, 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM, sensors such as gyroscope and accelerometer, and a battery that promises to last up to 25 hours.
Fundamentally it’s not a phone, but it allows you to make calls when combined with a smartphone. The wearable has a built-in microphone, so you just need to use a special headset or the phone out of your pocket or purse. So, the Galaxy Gear is an ideal companion for a phone.
The Smartwatch uses Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone, which takes advantage of the functionality by means of a typical application. Once you connect the two devices, it will be possible to make and receive phone calls, take voice memos, view notifications directly on the clock display and much more. There will be an entire ecosystem of apps dedicated to Gear, with more than 70 applications will already be available at launch.
To answer a phone call, you can simply bring the wrist to your ear and start talking. Thanks to S Voice, you can make calls or send messages using the voice commands. If you’re checking emails on the clock display and you want to switch to a bigger screen, just pick up your smartphone and instantly the text will appear there. One curious option is on the camera, which not only allows you to take pictures without having to take the smartphone, but also to translate phrases in other languages and find the product information. A sort of augmented reality on your wrist.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear will be available in six different colors for $299, suitable for every need and situation. It is compatible with other devices announced today i.e. the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. All three products announced today will be available in stores from September 25 in several countries, while the availability in the rest of the globe is scheduled for October. Sadly, customers in the US and Japan will also have to wait until October.