Samsung is expected to unveil is much anticipated smartwatch at the second of its semi-annual product conference, Unpacked. The company is also widely expected to take the wraps off of the Galaxy Note III at the same event.
The photos were posted by VentureBeat and show a device which matches up with many of the rumours that have been circulating for the past couple of months.
The rumours, repeated by VentureBear, claim that the Samsung Galaxy Gear will feature a 2.5-inch OLED display with a 320 by 320 pixel resolution and a four megapixel camera. It is also said to run Android Jelly Bean, have 1GB of RAM and come with Samsung’s S Voice for voice commands.
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According to the report, the smartwatch will come pre-loaded with Android applications. Those include exercise and health tools, alongside popular social media apps. None were mentioned by name, but Facebook and Twitter are likely to be shoe-ins.
However, one potential issue that could end up being the Galaxy Gear’s Achilles Heel is its reported ten hour battery life. It is likely that the ten hour figure is only if you were to use the device’s features such as internet access and its camera constantly.
The irony of the name wouldn’t be lost on many older gadget fans either. The Sega Game Gear lost out to Nintendo’s inferior GameBoy handheld console due to battery issues.
We expect Samsung will clarify that figure at the smartwatch launch later this week.
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The pictures emerged at the same time as news broke the Google purchased a smartwatch company last summer. It suggests that Google may not be that far behind Samsung in working on its own smartwatch.
Samsung are expected to use this year’s IFA event in Berlin to stamp its authority on the smartwatch market. It is also likely to unveil the next generation version of its popular Galaxy Note range of smartphones.