Samsung recently unveiled three new products during Samsung Unpacked event, a public presentation that took place in both Berlin and New York on Wednesday September 4th.
Samsung then revealed the “Galaxy Gear” smartwatch, along with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1. The three devices will be available from September 25 in 149 countries.
Samsung Gear offers the same functionalities covered by most smartphones, meaning that you can write and receive text messages, download apps, take photos, make videos and phone calls. It is not an independent device, as it has to be paired with some of Samsung Galaxy’s products such as latest Galaxy 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1.
In October, the firm will launch an upgrade to extend the smartwatch’s compatibility to Galaxy S3, S4 and Galaxy Note 2. So far, some apps are already preinstalled on the smartwatch, such as voice memo (converting voice into texts) or S-voice app (allowing to control some actions with voice). Connecting the smartwatch to a Galaxy Note 3 will give access to more features and Samsung announced that 70 apps will be available by the time the Gear reaches the market.
Samsung Gear is available from 299$ in a range of 6 colors. It runs on Android OS and features a 1.63-inch touchscreen. The 1.9- megapixel camera is found on the wristband, which might not be the ideal position to take pictures or make videos. Also, Samsung Gear’s battery life is reported to be a little weak (around 25 hours).
With this move, Samsung officially enter the smartwatch market, but appears to remain far from most people’s expectations towards this device, making some of them even more eager to learn from Apple smartwatch’s unveiling. This one is planned on today (september 10th) according to many rumors. Hopefully, some more features will be added to Samsung Gear in the future, and bring more value to this first release.