Samsung Debuts New Smartwatch
September 4, 2013 at 3:13 PM (PT)
SAMSUNG has unveiled its smartwatch at the IFA show in BERLIN, GERMANY, CNET reports. It will be released in conjunction with the new SAMSUNG GALAXY Note 3 on SEPTEMBER 25th worldwide -- and sometime in OCTOBER for consumers in the U.S. and JAPAN.
The SAMSUNG GALAXY Gear -- which will only be compatible with the Note 3 at launch -- features an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM, a responsive touch interface and a 1.63-inch, 320x320-pixel super AMOLED screen. White text and simple icons pop from the background color of your choice, each function sitting in its own square that you can swipe between to find the one you want.
On the side of the strap is a small 1.9-megapixel camera, bulging slightly from the strap, which captures low-resolution snaps and bite-size videos rather than crystal-clear pictures. The camera options are auto or macro focus, and a couple of different sizes. Videos last 10 seconds, with sound, and can be 720p, 640x640, 640x480, or 480x480 pixels.
The GALAXY Gear uses low-power Bluetooth to communicate with your smartphone -- which for now is only the GALAXY Note 3. The smartwatch talks to the phone to let you control music or view notifications without taking the phone out of your pocket. And the Gear Manager companion app lets you adjust the settings of your watch. Other options include the Find My Device feature: lose track of your phone, and you can use your watch to signal the errant blower, which will make a racket until you locate it. And vice versa: lose your watch, and use the companion app on your phone to set the watch ringing.