Samsung unveils Galaxy Gear smartwatch
As expected, Samsung took the wraps off its Galaxy Gear "smartwatch" at the IFA consumer-electronics show on Wednesday. Weighing 2.4 ounces (74 grams), the Gear has a 1.63-inch OLED display with a display resolution of 320x320. Under the hood, the smartwatch is powered by an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM, and comes with 4GB of internal storage.
Other specifications include Bluetooth 4.0, an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a 1.9-megapixel camera with an auto-focus lens. The Gear is expected to ship beginning September 25 at $299, though it would only arrive in the U.S. in October. It only works with the Note 3 and Note 10.1, as of the launch, though it will already run apps from a respectable 70 partners so far.
Initial feedback from early testers has been lukewarm however, with the limited functionality, such as email notification, being deemed as insufficient.
The Fierce Take: Some analysts have suggested that wearable technology such as smartwatch devices will be the next big hit in 2014. While the limited built-in battery of the Gear appears to prevent the inclusion of Wi-Fi, the wearable device category is certainly one that enterprises should keep an eye on.