September 4 is around the corner and that also happens to be the day when Samsung launches its Galaxy Gear smartwatch ahead of IFA in Berlin. So far little was known about the wearable device but now GigaOm has dug up some dirt and it does look like an interesting product. According to the report, the Galaxy Gear will have a square display, approximately 2.5-inches diagonally with a resolution of 320×320 pixels and will surprisingly also have a camera on its strap. It would be powered by a dual-core processor, probably Samsung’s own Exynos 4212 and will run either Android Jelly Bean 4.1 or 4.2. Also Read - This budget smartwatch can monitor your heart rate, stress, SpO2 in one tap
The smartwatch is also expected to have NFC capabilities apart from Bluetooth 4.0 LE to communicate with the phone. Of course, it will be able to show notifications for Twitter, email, Facebook and other apps, but the interesting thing here is that Samsung is likely to push third party apps for the watch via its own app store rather than Google Play. This could also mean that the smartwatch will only work to its full capabilities with a Samsung smartphone. Also Read - You can now own a Bugatti at around Rs 80,000
Users will be able to swipe across the display to move through menu items and notifications, which we believe would be similar to Apple’s iPod nano. If the user is viewing any particular notification and then checks the paired smartphone, it too will have the same notification upfront for continuity. Also Read - Beginners guide to purchasing a budget smartwatch
The report claims that the watch will also have an accelerometer so it would turn on the display whenever it senses the user has brought the watch closer to the face to look at it. It is also expected to be laden with enough sensors to compete with the likes of Nike Fuelband and other similar bands. Mind you, Samsung has demonstrated its interest in health related apps and had the S-Health app in the Galaxy S4 along with accessories one could buy.
All in all, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch looks quite a compelling product, especially for people who are looking at stand-alone fitness bands. What remains to be seen is whether it works as promised.