Samsung may beat Apple and its other competitors to the punch when it comes to the smartwatch race with its alleged Galaxy Gear wearable device. The Korean giant has yet to confirm such a gadget, but recent rumors have painted a picture of what we may expect from Samsung’s first smartwatch.
The Galaxy handset maker is expected to reveal the Galaxy Gear on Sept. 4 alongside the Galaxy Note 3 just ahead of this year’s IFA in Berlin. Following its purported unveil, the Galaxy Gear watch is expected to hit stores in October according to Samsung news blog Sam Mobile.
The website also claims that the wrist-worn gadget will feature a 1.5-GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 4212 processor with 1GB of RAM and a 1.67-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. The smartwatch will allegedly come with Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth technology and NFC capabilities for Samsung Beam support as well. Sam Mobile’s tipster also mentions that the watch will come with a 2-megapixel camera.
It remains unclear if this will be the first device to put Samsung’s flexible display technology to use, but the company has been showcasing its bendable screens since early 2012. Previous rumors had pointed to a smartphone such technology, but as smartwatch speculation continues to gain momentum it seems more likely to appear in Samsung’s purported wearable device.
Samsung is one of the many major technology companies rumored to release a smartwatch in the 2013 to 2014 time frame. Apple currently holds a patent for a wearable wrist-worn device that is rumored to be called the iWatch, while the Wall Street Journal reported in April that Microsoft had been asking suppliers for 1.5-inch displays for a smartwatch.