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Samsung Unveils Its New Galaxy Gear Smartwatch For $299

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Samsung Unveils Its New Galaxy Gear Smartwatch For $299

As we expected in the past few days... Samsung took stage at IFA keynote in Berlin, Germany to unveil Galaxy Note 3, but another great attraction was the new smartwatch. The watch goes by the name ‘Galaxy Gear’ and it has been priced at $299.

Galaxy Gear features a 1.9 mega-pixel camera (in the strap), 1.63-inch AMOLED display, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB storage, a speaker and 2 mics.

As for the software, it can receive push notifications for alerts, create memos (videos), receive phone calls and there’s also support for S voice. However, there should be a Bluetooth connection with a supported device.

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Samsung also announced today that the watch is going to support third-party apps such as Evernote, Path and RunKeeper.

Fitness apps would work well as the watch includes a gyroscope and accelerometer for keeping track of fitness and other activities. It also includes a 315 mAh battery, which is relatively small and will only run till 24 hours after full charge.
Here’s more from Vlad Savov from The Verge:
“Also important will be the Galaxy Gear’s battery life. It does use the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy standard to communicate, but at 315mAh its battery is decidedly small. Samsung promises “about a day” of endurance from the Gear, but by the end of our briefing with the company, the cameras on most of its demo units were refusing to turn on due to the watches running low on power.”
He also says that swipe gestures are difficult to use and there’s a lag when using the features.

Apart from the watch, Samsung also introduced the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Note 3. The 10.1 comes with 8 megapixel camera and 1.9 GHz CPU while Note-3 comes with 13 megapixel camera, 5.7 Super AMOLED display and 1.9 GHz Exynos Octa CPU.

Coming back to Galaxy Gear, it will be offered in 6 different colors for $299 starting from tomorrow.

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