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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch 244

Posted by Soulskill
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MojoKid writes "The smartwatch race heated up today, as Samsung showed its Galaxy Gear smartwatch at the Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin. Samsung's take on such a device has been eagerly anticipated. Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear as a companion to the new Galaxy Note 3 (or any Galaxy device). The Gear lets users make and receive calls hands-free with the built-in speaker, and it notifies you of any incoming texts, emails, and alerts and gives you a preview of whatever is coming through. A Smart Relay feature will display the full content on your Galaxy device. The Galaxy Gear sports an 800MHz processor and 1.63-inch display (320x320) AMOLED display with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a speaker, and two microphones with noise cancellation. There's a 1.9MP camera with a BSI sensor and autofocus, and it connects via Bluetooth 4.0 + BLE. Sensors include an accelerometer and a gyroscope. Samsung plans to launch the smartwatch in October for $300."
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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

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  • Re:Casio (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 04, 2013 @04:33PM (#44760337)

    Not as cool as the 1977 HP-01 calculator watch. Red LED display! Stylus to press the buttons! Ultimate nerd cool, and gorgeous. Still drawing multi-$k prices on ebay. Somehow I doubt you'll be able to give Samsung's device away 36 years from now.

  • Re:Expensive (Score:2, Interesting)

    by ackthpt (218170) on Wednesday September 04, 2013 @04:41PM (#44760429) Homepage Journal

    For the watch market, 300$ is actually pretty cheap. Should we expect lower prices because this watch does more/others things and/or things differently?

    The last watch I bought in Europe cost ~$900. It costs $70 alone for a battery replacement and cleaning, every two years.

  • Wristband phone (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Animats (122034) on Wednesday September 04, 2013 @04:47PM (#44760497) Homepage

    This is just round one. Samsung also has a flexible display technology, and a patent application for a phone with a flexible display that wraps around the wearer's wrist. That has a lot more promise.

    A wristband phone can offer much more vertical space. than a watch-like clunker. Wristbands can be wide or narrow, and can be made to look like jewelry. Twisting your wrist can control scrolling. Much more convenient than carrying a brick in your hand, and doesn't look so dweebish.

    This could be the beginning of the end for round-cornered brick smartphones.

  • Re:Expensive (Score:2, Interesting)

    by cheater512 (783349) <nick@nickstallman.net> on Wednesday September 04, 2013 @04:53PM (#44760565) Homepage

    Remember it is a OLED screen so it uses zero power to display black.
    I saw an awful lot of black in it's UI.

  • Re:Expensive (Score:5, Interesting)

    by iamhassi (659463) on Wednesday September 04, 2013 @10:11PM (#44762681) Journal
    Calculator watch battery lasted several months. This lasts several hours. Calling the Galaxy Gear a calculator watch is a insult to the calculator watch.

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