A wearable computing smartwatch device developed by Samsung that functions similar to a smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is expected to officially debut in early September 2013 at a reported price of $300.
The Galaxy Gear will reportedly offer a primary focus on mobile fitness and health tracking, and will include features like a Wi-Fi radio, a 4 megapixel camera, speakers, a microphone and Samsung S Voice command capabilities that can be used when paired with a compatible Samsung smartphone.
At launch the Galaxy Gear is only expected to work with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1, both of which run the Android Jelly Bean 4.3 mobile operating system. Android 4.3 added support for Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Low Energy), which delivers much lower power consumption than previous versions, significantly extending the battery life of Bluetooth 4 devices.
While smaller than smartphones like Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and the Apple iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy Gear is still significantly larger than traditional watches and is also bulkier than most of the smartwatches currently on the market.