Just like at the IFA conference in Berlin, Samsung also launched the much-awaited Galaxy Gear smartwatch at the event in Delhi alongside the Galaxy Note 3. Samsung’s first smartwatch is priced at Rs 22,990 and like the Galaxy Note 3 will be available from September 25 onwards.
As we’ve reported before, the smartwatch is meant to be a companion rather than a standalone device. For now it is only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1, but with soon-to-come software updates, it will be compatible with the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II.
To remind you of the specifications, the Galaxy Gear features a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED (320×320 pixels) display and is powered by an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Other features included are a 1.9-megapixel BSI sensor on its strap, 4GB of storage and a 315mAh battery, which according to Samsung can last for more than a day.
Once connected to the smartphone, the Galaxy Gear will notify you about incoming calls, texts, emails and other alerts. It also comes with two built-in mics and a speaker to allow answering or making calls. Samsung is also portraying the smartwatch as a health gizmo and has partnered with companies to develop more than 70 apps including MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper among others.
Samsung is offering the smartwatch in six color variants including jet black, mocha gray, wild orange, oatmeal beige, rose gold, and lime green. Does this mean you should throw your boring old analog wristwatch? Well no, we suggest you to wait and read our first impressions, before you take the leap!
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