Samsung Galaxy Gear To Come In 6GB & 8GB Variants With 2.5-Inch Display, 10-Hour Battery [Rumor]
A senior Samsung executive has already confirmed that Galaxy Gear, Samsung’s first Android-powered smart watch, will be making its debut alongside the Galaxy Note III next month. And according to a unnamed insider, the device will be available in 6GB and 8GB variants, it’ll have a 2.5-inch display, and you’ll beed to charge it every ten hours.
The information comes from AmongTech, which cites “several” sources inside a Samsung warehouse in Texas, where the Galaxy Gear is said to be being stored ahead of its debut in the coming weeks. They’ve provided a complete list of the device’s internal specifications, which include a 2.5-inch OLED touchscreen with a 250×250 resolution, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and 1GB of RAM.
The Galaxy Gear is also said to have a 4-megapixel front-facing camera capable of shooting 720p video, speakers built into its straps, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology, and an accelerometer. It will reportedly run Android Jelly Bean, but it’s unclear which version.
The sources also say Galaxy Gear will have a ten-hour battery life, which is more than disappointing for a watch. That may not even get you through work, let alone anything you choose to do after it — and it could be a massive downside for the device.
Battery life is one of the biggest hurdles manufacturers are facing in developing smartwatches. It’s no good having a watch that won’t last a full day, and just ten hours of use in between charges could earn the Galaxy Gear a lot of criticism.
According to reports regarding Apple’s “iWatch,” the Cupertino company has managed to produce a prototype that lasts three days in between charges — and even that isn’t enough for Apple; it wants a device that lasts at least a week.
We’ll take this information with a pinch of salt for now, of course. There’s a chance warehouse staff — who may have seen the Galaxy Gear box already — know a lot about it, but we’re not familiar with AmongTech’s track record, so we’ll approach this rumor cautiously for now.
The specifications above certainly sound plausible, but surely Samsung won’t release a watch with just ten hours of battery life. Surely.