Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch confirmed for 4 September launch

27 Aug 2013

Korean technology behemoth Samsung will release its Galaxy Gear smart watch on 4 September, two days ahead of the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, a senior executive has confirmed.

Executive vice-president of Samsung’s mobile business Lee Young-hee told The Korea Times in an exclusive interview that the watch will use a non-flexible display, as earlier reports have suggested.

“We will be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear at our own event in Berlin on 4 September,” Lee said.

In the report, he said: “The new device will enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways. It will lead a new trend in smart mobile communications. We are confident that the Gear will add meaningful momentum to the mobile industry.”

Samsung is clearly hoping to gain the upper hand in the emerging market for wearable computing devices before Apple comes out with its rumoured smart watch and Google gets to market with its Glass eyewear.

Galaxy Gear specs

According to recent reports, the watch device will have a 2.5-inch screen and is expected to be powered by a Samsung Exynos 4212 dual core 1.5GHz display, with a Mali-400 MP4 GU and it will have a 320 x 320 resolution display.

It has been reported that the watch will have a camera that will be integrated into the strap, speakers integrated into the clasp of the watch and near field communication (NFC) capabilities to allow for bump-to-bump sharing, synching and authentication.

The watch will also come with Bluetooth 4.0 and will have a built-in accelerometer that activates the screen when the user raises his or her arm to present the device to the eye.

Smart watch image via Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years