Samsung’s Galaxy Gear hardware details emerge
By now, it is common knowledge that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Gear on September 4th. But details as to what hardware the smartwatch will feature and the functionality it will contain were hazy, until now.
Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch will most likely come with a 2.5-inch OLED display that shows a full spectrum of colours with a resolution of 320 X 320. Under the hood, it will feature a Samsung Exynos 4212 dual core 1.5GHz CPU with Mali-400 MP4 GPU. Also, the camera will be integrated into the strap itself, and the smartwatch will support Bluetooth 4.0 LE, which means that it will be able to sync with wireless health monitoring hardware. Additionally, the watch itself might come with a bevy of sensors to monitor a user’s vitals.
The watch will also feature tiny speakers in the clasp of the watch, along with built-in NFC for authenticating your mobile device, which can also be used for bypassing the lock screen. The watch will have an accelerometer which will automatically switch the screen on when it detects a movement toward the eyes. While the watch will include the usual touch, swipe and select gestures, it is not likely to have text-input, given the size of the screen.
All Galaxy Gear watches that have been going out to developers seem to be based on Android 4.1 or 4.2, and it looks like the syncing between the watch and the mobile or tablet it is connected to is seamless. For instance, if you are looking at an email notification on the watch, and then switch to your mobile, the same email will be shown on the mobile. There will also be Facebook and Twitter integration.
The watch will connect with a Samsung watch manager app, which manages the connection between the mobile and the watch, and uses Bluetooth LE. Apps that make use of the watch hardware will come not from Google’s Play store, but from the App store maintained by Samsung. This is surely in a bid to wean itself off Google. Considering this fact, it makes sense that the watch will most likely connect to Samsung’s Galaxy series of mobiles.
Samsung will debut the Galaxy Gear at the IFA in Berlin, and there are rumours indicating that it will start selling the watch in Times Square immediately after the announcement.