galaxygear1The Smartwatch game has just begun, sure we’ve got Pebble and that’s a fantastic little device, but Samsung are going to announce their Galaxy Gear smartwatch on Wednesday being the first major company to release a smartwatch of their own. Thanks to VentureBeat we’ve got some pictures to look at.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear, if these pictures and information is correct, will be a fairly blocky smartwatch similar to Casio’s calculator watches of the 90s. It’s set to be home to a 2.5 inch OLED touchscreen display with 320×320 pixel resolution, a 4 MegaPixel front camera at 720p (video?), speakers located in the strap, presumably Samsung’s own Dual Core Processor clocked at 1.5Ghz, with 1GB RAM. The Galaxy Gear will run Android Jelly Bean and will come with 8 or 16GB of storage.

So with those specs, we can expect a smartwatch that James Bond would be jealous of. It’s just a shame it doesn’t shoot a poison dart or two. It’s been said that this device may not be the final product, but we can expect something fairly similar to be announced in a few days time.

Those of you that are more health concious will be please to know that it’ll come with the following features:

  • While you’re at the gym working out, the smartwatch can track your health data, including steps, heart rate, calorie intake.
  • You can measure your heart rate at any time via a built-in heart rate monitor.
  • The watch will help you devise the perfect workout — one of the first apps devised for the watch suggests workouts to help you lose weight, gain energy or tone up, for instance.
  • Track your food intake by taking photos of your meals — plenty of apps are already on the market that help you keep a food diary of sorts. What would be truly innovative is if Samsung could detect the nutritional value of food, based on a smartwatch photograph.

galaxygear4The Galaxy Gear will also come with the following Samsung exclusive features that we’ve come to know and love from the Galaxy S3 and S4:

  • Samsung S Voice for voice commands
  • Preloaded with Android apps for social media, health tracking, etc.
  • Integration with a companion Galaxy S phone or tablet
  • An easy-to-use swipe function to access apps, the built-in camera, and the photo gallery
  • Call logs (A cool use-case: You can initiate a call from the watch to a Samsung smartphone device)
  • Internet access
  • Power button on the side
  • Social media integration — you can share to your Facebook or Twitter account from the watch
  • 10+ hours battery life

Keep your eyes glued to n3rdabl3 on September 4 when we try and keep on top of all the news coming from IFA and Samsung’s event which is scheduled to announce the Galaxy Gear and the Galaxy Note 3.

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