Images circulating around the interwebs, claiming to be the reclusive new “smartwatch” from Samsung, may or may not be the product that is revealing this week.
Samsung will unveil the new Galaxy Gear watch on Wednesday, but the blocky, even bulky, watch revealed on Venture Beat and said to be the new watch (see that here) may actually be an early prototype, not the real thing, according to Gigaom (read that here).
According to the Venture Beat story, the Galaxy Gear smart watch is a sort of smart phone in watch form, capable of running apps and doing the things that most smart phones can do. It will operate on Android and will release before rivals from Sony, Apple and Pebble hit the streets. The Venture Beat story claims that the watch was shown to them by a developer and does confirm that it’s a development prototype and not the actual release watch.
Seizing on this admission, Gigaom says that Samsung will not be releasing that clunky piece of hardware, but will have a much sleeker design, though they have no photos to show it.
Gigaom is likely correct, though the functionality leaked to Venture Beat is probably more or less on target. The watch will use the latest version of Android, 4.3, but without keyboard features. The watch will have Bluetooth LE, so it can work with a Bluetooth phone in tandem.
Battery life is supposedly twenty-four hours with “moderate” use, so most people will probably expect about ten to twelve hours out of it realistically. The watch’s capabilities center around its OLED display and a dual core processor, obviously a Samsung so probably a 1.5Ghz Exynos. It accesses the Internet via a phone connection through Bluetooth.
For a first-generation gadget, it’s pretty loaded, but it’s likely sales will be moderate since it’s usage is rather limited.