Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy Gear smartwatch on Sept. 4 at a press conference in Berlin, but the cat appears to be out of the bag a few days early.
VentureBeat appears to have gotten to spend some time with a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch prototype, and was able to view a demonstration video that was made by a third-party, and not Samsung itself. While the site wasn’t allowed to take pictures of the watch itself, it was allowed to take some images from the video that showed off the watch.
From the description of the prototype we’re looking at a surprisingly large 3-inch OLED screen for the Galaxy Gear and includes speakers in the clasp, a camera, Wi-Fi for Internet access and Bluetooth for connecting to various phones. Other features that VentureBeat got to see include the use of Samsung S Voice, some preloaded apps for Facebook, Twitter and health tracking, call logs, and, possibly the most disappointing item, a 10+ hours of battery life. We don’t know if this includes stand-by time or it’s just a flat amount of time, but it doesn’t sound like the Galaxy Gear will be making it through a full day.
Apparently there is a heavy focus on health with the Galaxy Gear with the camera being envisioned to take pictures of your food to help you track your calorie intake each day. There are also supposed to be numerous health apps on the way that will aid in you designing workouts for various goals such as muscle building or weight loss, tracking your heart rate and a host of other fitness based uses.
As everything in this report is based on a prototype – including the images in the video – there is every chance the final product will be different when it is unveiled on Sept. 4 in Berlin. TechnoBuffalo will be in attendance and will bring you all of the coverage as it happens.