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Come on let’s all face it; wether you are a Samsung fan or not, everyone is excited to see what Samsung will unveil on the 4th of September. On Tuesday we reported that the company’s executive vice president confirmed that this date is scheduled for the Galaxy Gear and the Note 3 launch. In the past few days we wrote a lot about the second one and I think it is time to compose an article about the first one as well.
For you that have not been following the latest headlines, the Galaxy Gear is Samsun’g smartwach. There has been a lot of talk regarding it along with Apple’s forthcoming iWatch, which by the way 64 million units of it are expected to be shipped in the consecutive year. Moreover, a potential spec sheet of the Galaxy Gear has been leaked to the media from Among Tech, so we thought it would be quite an informative read for our readers, who we hope will enjoy reading.
Galaxy Gear spec sheet
- Display: 2.5-inch, 320 x 320 OLED
- Battery: 10 hours
- Processor: Dual-core clocked at 1.5GHz
- RAM: 1GB
- Memory: 6GB/8GB
- Camera: Front facing, 4MPix sensor recording HD 720p video at 30FPS
- Operating System: Android Jellybean
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, NFC
More than enough power? Nuh.
The specific spec sheet is both informative but simultaneously does not include the precise models of the chip set and RAM, the mAh of battery and if the company has implemented LTE and NFC in the device. Though entirely relying on the intel at hand, I would like to comment on the specifications that the Gear has under the hood. First of all I would like to say that I am pretty astonished by the power of the CPU and size of RAM. It is impressing that such a small device will be powered by a relatively fast processor and 1GB RAM, considering that till last year the sole devices that where featuring such a RAM were the premium ones. In addition, it is quite fascinating that Samsung decided to place a 4MPix sensor on the device, which concurrently has HD video capabilities. For some of you who get confused over the last feature, the camera on a smartwatch will be basically used for tasks like video-calling, face recognition to unlock and so on. It would be really difficult to use it as a primary camera and take actual shots, as you would have to turn your hand in a really inconvenient angle. Something that made me go in deep thoughts is the battery life of the gadget. The numbers are indeed proportional, since the display it sports is tiny and runs in a low-resolution. Though my question is, the 10-hours of battery includes the clock interface always on or not? That is a question that Samsung will certainly answer during the event in a concise presentation of the device. That does not cease me from wondering though.
Price tag; an unsolved mystery entirely based on the wearable’s wireless implementations.
Something that has been sobering me and has been also causing havoc in the back of my head whilst writing this piece, is the device’s actual price point. It is so difficult to draw any conclusions since we do not have any other wearables to compare it to. In addition, sources have never included LTE in their spec sheets, though they have never stated that the possibility is ruled out -it might currently be a recessed feature as well. The sole clue they have disclosed regarding pricing of the Gear, is its off-contract one, which will be $199 for the 8GB one and $149 for the 6GB. In case LTE is actually on board, the Gear will be obviously under some carriers’ 4G networks, more likely Verizon and AT&T. Then, if we assume that the off-contract price point mentioned above is confirmed, how much will the on-contract price tag drop? Personally, I believe it is implausible to fall under $100. Albeit being a small device, that does not mean the production cost behind is low. Think about the processor for instance. The chip manufacturer had to maintain the power of a dual-core CPU and import it to a much smaller one. Taken at face value, the entire concept of pricing this product is quite difficult to determine. For now, let’s just put it on the back burner.
Regardless every sentence written above, the Gear will be definitely an amazing leap forward for the mobile industry, and hopefully will induce the other front-running companies to expand their horizons and create an identical gizmodo as well. Samsung will shed light onto the mystery, on the 4th, so all we have to do is be patient and wait for the upcoming launch event on Wednesday.