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Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Revealed!

by Todd Haselton | September 4, 2013September 4, 2013 10:12 am PST

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Samsung just took the wraps off of the Galaxy Gear, its new smartwatch that has been designed as an extension of the Note 3. Yes, you read that correctly, this device will launch purely as a product to be used with the Note 3.

The Galaxy Gear is equipped with a 1.6-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 320 x 320-pixel resolution, an 800MHz Exyos processor, Bluetooth 4.0, a 1.9-megapixel camera, a watered-down version of Android Jelly Bean, two noise-cancelling microphones, a loud speakerphone and more. Its 315mAh battery should provide up to a day of use, though power users should see less usage time.

Samsung has worked with developers so it has apps for EverNote, RunKeeper, Pocket, and we suspect additional apps are coming down the pipeline. It uses NFC to establish a Bluetooth connection with your Note 3, though it doesn’t pack NFC itself. Sound weird? That’s because you tap NFC to the watch’s charger in order to establish that connection.

Samsung didn’t say how much the Galaxy Gear will cost or when it will launch, though we suspect it should hit the market right around the time the Galaxy Note 3 does. It will support a variety of wrist sizes and will launch in black, gray, rose gold, beige, orange and green.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...