News & Reviews: Samsung Smartwatch
Sep 02, 2013
With just a couple of days away from it's supposed unveiling before the IFA 2013, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch has had quite a lot of leaks come up. This includes screenshots of the smartphone app which will be used to interface with the smartwatch, which confirms that the Gear will be called the Gear and support NFC and Bluetooth connectivity. The app screenshots also reveal that the Gear will go by the model number of SM-V700. Other features include the rumour that the Gear can only last for 10 hours on a single charge, which as opposed to other smartwatches which say that they can last from 3 days to a week on a single charge may be the dealbreaker for some people. Confirming earlier statements that the Gear will not be using the flexible screen type as shown in the earlier patent drawings are leaked images of the Gear smartwatch live. Coming courtesy of VentureBeat, the images show off a 3-inch screen that would probably be an OLED type screen and colours which include dark gray and black with built-in speakers in the strap. A 4MP camera is also visible. Hopefully, everything turns out fine for the Gear as we hope it will spur other manufacturers onwards to better smartwatches but if this news is any indication, it may not be the perfect smartwatch we're all looking for.
Aug 28, 2013
While we've been speculating a lot about the Samsung Galaxy Gear, Samsung's upcoming smartwatch, a Samsung VP recently confirmed that it would be coming on 4 September 2013. This comes courtesy of Lee Young-hee, Samsung Mobile VP who confirmed that it would make an appearance, perhaps at the Samsung Unpacked 2 event on the same date. If or when that happens, it would likely be revealed alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which is rumoured to be revealed at the same event. He also confirmed that it won't have a flexible screen, going on to say that the Samsung Galaxy Gear will be a:
"wearable concept device" and is "confident that the Gear will add meaningful momentum to the mobile industry"
Aug 23, 2013
With just about two more weeks before the Samsung Unpacked 2 event (where the Samsung Galaxy Gear is probably going to be announced), and we have some more rumours coming out about the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. This time around the rumours indicate that we may now get the smartwatch in black, grey, orange, white and now white gold which is probably going to be released after the other 4 colours. The leak comes courtesy of SamMobile who are usually quite accurate about most things Samsung related but as always do take it with a pinch of salt. In all likelihood, the Samsung Galaxy Gear may come in a lot more colours than just 5 but this is the colour list we have for now. As a refresher, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is expected to be revealed on 4 September at the IFA 2013 with sales release dates expected in September to October of 2013. Again no news on pricing or availability in Malaysia just yet, but we'll keep you updated.
Aug 21, 2013
All eyes are on Samsung to deliver a better smartwatch than the ones already in the market, especially as Apple is having problems with the iWatch. Quite a lot of rumoured tech specs have been circulating recently for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch which includes:
- 1.5GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 5412 processor / 1.5Ghz dual-core Exynos 4212 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 1.67-inch AMOLED display (320 x 320 pixels) / 2.5-inch OLED display (320 x 320 pixels) / 3.5-inch display
- 2MP Camera
- Supports Bluetooth 4.0 LE + NFC + speaker + mic
- Android 4.1 / Android 4.2
Aug 13, 2013
Recently the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch got a trademark application along with a couple of patents giving a flexible look to Samsung's upcoming smartwatch. In view of this some renderers have come up with some glossy looking pics of how the smartwatch would look, based on these patents. The renders do look good but admittedly don't have a very official look to them. However, they could give some idea as to how the smartwatch may be personalized if the design does get adopted for the Samsung Galaxy Gear. For now, check out the pics of the smartwatch in colour and see if it's futuristicly flexible screen is the one you'd wrap around your wrist if you were ever in the market for a smartwatch.
Aug 06, 2013
Just like everyone else, Samsung are developing a smartwatch and according to trademark application forms drafted to the US patents office, it will be named the Samsung Galaxy Gear. In statements that are nearly impossible to miss the application states a wristwatch device for notifications much in the same way as other smartwatch devices. In related news, Samsung was also caught patenting some wristwatch designs including a flexible display model that curls up like a wristband. No news when it will be coming to Malaysia and other markets or for how much but we expect very soon, especially with the upcoming unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note III. For now, check out the various patent drawings and applications below for a look at what could be Samsung's new smartwatch.
Mar 20, 2013
The next step in smart devices seem to be the wearable ones, with many saying that Apple's next big thing is going to be an "iWatch". However, Samsung have also reiterated that they will also come out with a smartwatch or similar device as well. In a Bloomberg report, Samsung VP Lee Young Hee was quoted as "We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them."