Yesterday Samsung unveiled their new digital smartwatch called the Samsung Galaxy Gear as the world’s largest smartphone maker seeks to promote its latest tech gadget ahead of its rival Apple and become a key player in the emerging wearable device market.
Priced at $299.00 and coming in a wide variety of colors from orange to rose gold the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is equipped with a strap embedded camera, a synced cell phone, speakers, and 70 third party apps varying from RunKeeper, Facebook, and eBay.
The low resolution camera has a 1.9 megapixel BSI sensor with an auto-focus lens that is capable of taking a ten second 720p video.
The stylish looking Galaxy Gear has a 1.63 inch Super AMOLED panel, 512 megabytes of RAM, and an internal memory of four gigabytes powered by an 800MHz processor.
E-mail and text messages can be retrieved from the smartwatch which can also dictate e-mail.
The smartwatch has S Voice, a Siri like assistant that responds to voice commands.
The Galaxy Gear is equipped with two built in microphones, Bluetooth 4.0, an accelerometer and gyroscope, and a battery charger.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear is not a stand alone smartwatch and is limited because it only works if it is paired to the massive Galaxy Note 3 smartphone or the Galaxy Tab 10.1, a tablet computer.
After the smartwatch receives an update to Android 4.3, it will also be compatible with the Galaxy S4 smartphone.
The Galaxy Gear does not have a flexible or curved display as some industry developers were hoping to see.
Samsung’s new smartwatch will be available for purchase in the United States beginning in October.
Some tech investors such as Mark Hawtin, Director from Gam Investment, believes that the Galaxy Gear won’t be a game changer for Samsung.
“Personally I think that it is a little bit of side show. There’s going to be a move towards wearable technology and I think it will be a market of some interest and some size” Hartin said today on Bloomberg’s Countdown.
“But its going to have no real impact on the size of the smartphone market for example” Hawtin added.
Crowded Smartwatch Market
Several other technology companies such as Apple, Google, Qualcomm, and Microsoft also have plans to unveil their own smartwatch in the future while other companies such as Sony have already released their own version.
Apple may be unveiling a new smartwatch called iWatch as early as September 10th when the company is expected to release their newest version of the iPhone, possibly called iPhone 5 S, and the iPhone 5C, a lower cost iPhone.