While rumours are starting to spread that Apple may be delaying the launch of its iWatch smartwatch until next year, Samsung-watching website Sammobile has reported confirmation that the Korean giant will launch its Samsung Galaxy Gear smartphone in a local event on September 4.
While there were early rumours that the watch would offer voice-calling capabilities, it has since been confirmed that the Galaxy Gear will be a smartwatch companion to various Samsung phones and won’t include SIM card or voice function. According to specs published by Sammobile, the Galaxy Gear is expected to feature a 1.67-inch/320×320-pixel curved LCD panel driven by a dual-core Samsung Exynos 4212 SoC CPU with 1GB of RAM and graphics delivered by ARM’s quad-core Mali-400 MP4 graphics engine. The watch is also believed to include Bluetooth to link to Samsung phones as well as NFC (near-field communication) connectivity.
And no self-respecting smartwatch would be without a camera – and Samsung is expected to load a 2MP image sensor inside the watch.
The watch will be announced on the same day as the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note III phone tablet.
In the meantime, a Digitimes.com report suggests that Apple’s iWatch will now not appear until the second-half of 2014. The report suggests OEM Inventec is to gain 60% of orders for the device that will go on sale in the US for between $149 and $229. Digital Trends believes the iWatch could become a replacement for Apple’s ageing iPod nano.
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