Samsung 'Galaxy Gear' smartwatch launch coming next month

Credit: Samsung

Surveying the landscape, we can't say any company has really succeed with making a smartwatch that, quite frankly, doesn't suck. The Pebble comes close, but it's still plagued with limitations and a non-color display. With word that Apple's still developing its rumored "iWatch", Samsung has a good opportunity to grab customers first.

According to the well-informed SamMobile, Samsung will announced smartwatch called the "Galaxy Gear" in just a few weeks — September 4, to be exact. The publication claims the the smartwatch will be a "companion" device to existing Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Hopefully it has great battery life.

Earlier this month, a patent popped up showing what a potential Samsung smartwatch could look like. The patent illustrations showed a smartwatch with a flexible display, the standard Android menu and back buttons, and what looked like a speaker.

The Galaxy Gear will reportedly be announced alongside the Galaxy Note 3, the third iteration in Samsung's "phablets" and will supposedly come with a 5.67-inch 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED display, 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization and 16 to 64GB models (with expandable storage via micro SD) and a 3,200mAh battery. The Galaxy Note 3 will most likely run Android 4.3 with/ Samsung's custom TouchWiz skin.

If the Galaxy Gear is indeed real, it won't be the first time Samsung release a smartwatch. In 1999, the company released the world's first watch phone and in 2009 the Samsung S9110 smartwatch (top photo) was made available for 450 Euros (about $600)."

It's like they say: "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." Samsung's not the only one trying, either. Sony just announced theirs in June and Microsoft, Google and just about every other major and small tech company seems to be announcing a new smartwatch every week.

We'll know for sure in only two and half weeks. Until then, sit tight.

Via SamMobile

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