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Samsung Introduces ‘The Gear’

September 5, 2013
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Samsung is taking the technology game to a whole new level with the release of its new Galaxy Gear smartwatch device. The Gear, slated for release in 140 countries on September 25, received hands-on reviews from Endgadget and The Verge.

The Gear boasts a 320 x 320-pixel, 1.63-inch AMOLED touchscreen – tiny when compared with the Note 3′s massive 5.7-inch screen. A 315mAh battery powers the device, which Samsung claims will give it one full day of power. This is coupled with a 800MHz processor, 4 gigabytes of storage and 512MB of RAM. The voice activation feature, S Voice, can also be used to order the device into certain commands.

There is also a 1.9-megapixel camera that appears on the strap. The thought from Samsung is that the camera is less about quality and rather for users on the go who want quick photos or 10-second videos shot at 720p. As if this little device couldn’t get any better, it also boasts a speaker for audio playback, two microphones which allow phone calls to be made via the watch, and also doubles as a pedometer to monitor fitness and also an accelerometer.

Apps will also be able to run through the device.  Text messages, notifications and other app-supported updates can also be viewed via the Gear.

The Galaxy Gear will be available worldwide in October. It will be priced at $299.

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Side Note: Samsung will also be launching the slimmer, lighter “phablet” smartphone, Galaxy Note 3 on September 25. The Gear however is not a phone, and instead many of its functions are owed to Bluetooth connection via compatible Samsung devices such as the Note 3 phone and Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.

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