Speculation has been rife over the past few months that Samsung Electronics Co. is ready to launch a wristwatch-like device named the Galaxy Gear that can make phone calls, surf the Web and handle e-mails.
If reports are to be believed then the Korean electronics giant will announce the smartwatch at a Samsung press event ahead of IFA trade fair in Berlin on September 4 along with Samsung Galaxy Note III.
Galaxy Gear in multiple colors
According to a report by SamMobile, the Galaxy Gear will be available in multiple hues. Samsung's wearable device will be rolled out around September 23 in white, orange, gray and black.
The exclusive white gold version is expected to be introduced a week later which may target specific markets. In keeping with convention, Samsung is likely to give all these colors distinctive, fancy names.
Though, the shipping dates for the device may shift back or forth by a week or two, the general time frame will remain the same, claims an inside source.
"The Galaxy Gear will initially ship in four color options around week 39 - white, orange, gray, and black - though Samsung will be putting catchy names to those colors similar to how they've named their smartphone colors, names that we aren't aware of just yet. Then, a week later, Samsung will start shipping a White Gold color variant of the smartwatch, a variant that might or might not be exclusive to specific regions / carriers," writes SamMobile.
So what do we expect from Galaxy Gear? If rumors are to be believed then the wearable gadget will feature a square display, around 2.5-inch with a resolution of 320x320 pixels and will be powered by a dual-core processor. Online leaks also revealed that the smart watch may have a 2-megapixel camera on its strap.
Galaxy Gear is expected to run on Android Jelly Bean and will communicate with phones using Bluetooth LE and Watch Manager app. Once paired the user will be able to surf the web, check emails and notifications from apps and make calls.
“It will carve a niche for sure as this is an initial product in the market,” said Chung Chang Won, an analyst at Nomura Holdings Inc. in Seoul. “Wearable devices could be one of the trends in the smartphone market, but I’m not sure yet whether watches or glasses will set the trend.”