The Galaxy Note 3 wasn’t the only new Samsung product revealed during its Unpacked Episode 2 event yesterday, as it also showed off one of the year’s most anticipated pieces of technology, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. In fact, it received almost as much attention at the event as its smartphone sibling, despite being useless without it.
That’s right, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch operates in conjunction with the Galaxy Note 3, and isn’t a standalone device. In fact, the Note 3 and the 2014 edition of the Note 10.1 tablet are the only two devices which work with the Gear at the moment. That will change next month though, as the necessary Android 4.3 update will be hitting the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3, opening the Gear up to owners of those devices too.
With the Galaxy Gear strapped to your wrist, you’ll instantly see notifications, call logs, calendar entries, emails, and plenty more information, plus as it has a range of applications, its functionality is easily increased. The most useful centre around fitness, with RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal, and a pedometer all installed.
All this information will be displayed on a 1.63-inch AMOLED screen with a 320×320 pixel resolution. Powering the watch is a single-core, 800MHz chip with 512MB of RAM, plus a small 315mAh battery which should be good for 25 hours use. The Galaxy Gear even has a 1.9-megapixel camera, a microphone, and a speaker, so it can be used to make and receive calls hands-free.
Like the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Gear will go on sale in the UK on 25 September, but the price has yet to be confirmed.