Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch may come in 6 and 8GB variants, 10 hours battery life

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Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch is sounding less and less astounding the more we seem to hear about it, but then again, it’s all just rumour until we see the final product. The latest rumour coming from the internet is that the Galaxy Gear will come in 2 variants: one with 6GB of storage and one with 8GB of storage. This seems pretty far-fetched given how close those two are; 4GB and 8GB seems a likely contender.

The other rumour is that the device will have 10 hours of battery, which definitely isn’t good enough for smartwatch that should be usable all day. The source of the rumours, AmongTech, seemingly adds to the mania by suggesting the Galaxy Gear has the following specs:

  • 320×320 2.5-inch (181 PPI) OLED Display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1.5GHz Dual-Core CPU (seemingly insane, really)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Android 4.2.2
  • 4MP Camera
  • Speakers in the strap

To me the entire thing sounds like a nightmare hellride, but this is Samsung we’re talking about, and anything is in the realm of possibility. Here’s hoping it’ll last a longer and be a little more conservative on the high-end specs, so as to last longer and not burn our wrists.

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  • Nian

    A watch with less than 10 hours battery? No thank you.
    One would think that samsung would work on a low power cpu, half the memory, a basic 1.2Mp camera. Heavily optimise the OS with a super slim touchwiz and then add some high-tec micro charging technology, Kinetic + Solar + Heat.
    Should help.

  • Mark

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  • AXiDER

    What? These are the sort of specs for an actual watch phone, NOT a smartwatch linked to a mobile phone like the Pebble or Sony Smartwatch.

    All the Galaxy Gear should need is a tiny, low-power CPU that’s enough to simple display the interface, but not require any additional processing since it should only be mirroring information sent to it by an actual phone.

    • Sujay Vilash

      My thoughts exactly. I think Samsung have got it all wrong. I was so looking forward to this not any more. And why would the watch need a camera when the smartphone that it is supposed to mirror already has two ?

  • PuGZoR

    These specs wouldn’t be surprising IF they have designed it to be a stand-alone device (as in, not meant to be paired with a phone/tablet). That’s the only scenario I can think of that would justify that. Honestly, if it was a device designed to have another device do most of the processing, 800mHz single core CPU and 512mb RAM would be more than enough.

    • PuGZoR

      Furthermore, I wouldn’t be surprised if that rated life of 10 hours is for active use, not standby. For example… my 2012 Nexus 7 has an active life of around 10 hours too, but it’ll stay alive on standby for weeks if not used. As a watch, with light usage, I dare say 10 hours active use would be 3-4 days practically, and that’s with 3-4 hours of music thrown in.

  • derp

    OLED display would be amazing for a watch.

    Just a shame about the battery life though.

    Im interested to see what they want to do with it to need those specs.

  • LHS

    Thanks for the article, was very interesting read.
    There is also another smart watch called omate truesmart which is water proof and has very impressive hardware specs.
    Hope this year you guys will do some smart watch reviews.
    Thanks

  • whispy_snippet

    This is going to fail so hard.