Samsung confirms debut of Galaxy Gear smart watch at Sept. 4 event

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
Next week at a media event in Germany, Samsung has confirmed it will unveil a new wearable device dubbed the Galaxy Gear, representing the company's latest stab at a smart watch.

Samsung Watch Patent
Samsung patent for a wrist watch computing device. | Source: Korean Intellectual Property Office.


Ahead of the Sept. 4 event in Berlin, Samsung revealed to The Korea Times this week that its forthcoming Galaxy Gear will be a smart watch with a non-flexible display. Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business, referred to the accessory as a "concept device," suggesting it may not be ready for the mass market."

"The new device will enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways," Lee said. "It will lead a new trend in smart mobile communications. We are confident that the Gear will add meaningful momentum to the mobile industry."

The Samsung executive also revealed that the Galaxy Note 3, the latest in a line of super-sized smartphones, will make its international debut next week. The festivities are part of the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

The comments from Lee confirm an earlier rumor that pegged Samsung's "Unpacked Episode 2" event to unveil the new Galaxy Gear wearable accessory. The Korean electronics maker also applied for a U.S. trademark for the product name "Galaxy Gear" earlier this month.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filing described the Galaxy Gear as encompassing "wearable electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle capable of providing access to the Internet and for sending and receiving phone calls, electronic mails and messages."

A separate report from AmongTech cited an inside source as saying the device will carry a 2.5-inch OLED touchscreen display, 4-megapixel camera, on-board speakers and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. Battery life is said to be around 10 hours, while connectivity is handled by Bluetooth 4.0 LE. The publication goes on to claim that the watch will be offered in both a 6GB and 8GB configuration.

Apple has also filed its own patent application for a wrist watch-like device and is currently seeking trademark rights for the "iWatch" name in a number of countries. The company is rumored to be working on its own wearable gear that would focus on providing biometrics, fitness and health data to the user.
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  • Reply 1 of 81
    pazuzupazuzu Posts: 1,728member


    Oh no you di'nt! 


    The cheap plastic they will use will probably give you wrist burns.

  • Reply 2 of 81
    red oakred oak Posts: 609member
    Requires new, separate Samsung App Store account. LOL
  • Reply 3 of 81
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 42,969member


    "Oh geez, man, Apple's doing something on the 10th!"


    "Quick! Announce OUR watch on the 4th!"


    "But we don't even know if they're…"


    "DO IT!"

  • Reply 4 of 81


    Wonder what it will feel like to wear Washing Machine company's watch image

     

  • Reply 5 of 81
    pazuzupazuzu Posts: 1,728member


    Next year's Galaxy Gear 2.0 will sport a 7" inch screen complete with a taser.

  • Reply 6 of 81
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 42,969member

    Originally Posted by helicopterben View Post


    Wonder what it will feel like to wear Washing Machine company's watch image


     


    Agitating.

  • Reply 7 of 81
    jfc1138jfc1138 Posts: 3,090member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by helicopterben View Post


    Wonder what it will feel like to wear Washing Machine company's watch image

     



    Ss long as it has a "fluff" setting.....

  • Reply 8 of 81

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    "Oh geez, man, Apple's doing something on the 10th!"


    "Quick! Announce OUR watch on the 4th!"


    "But we don't even know if they're…"


    "DO IT!"





    Well... if and when Apple does release a wrist computer, you know what will happen next...


     


    APPLE IS COPYING SAMSUNG!!

  • Reply 9 of 81

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by pazuzu View Post


    Next year's Galaxy Gear 2.0 will sport a 7" inch screen complete with a taser.



    Only a 7" screen? It's going to need at least a 10" screen to be taking seriously. /s

  • Reply 10 of 81
    red oakred oak Posts: 609member
    When bring the press in for a 'major announcement', you have lost the right to position the product as a 'concept device'.

    It will stand or fail based on what they release on 9/4. Samsung does not get a pass here
  • Reply 11 of 81
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member


    Reminds me of Ballmer holding up the Slate PC ahead of an Apple event.


     


    Whatever Samsung shows it will probably not be turned on or functioning.


     


    Let's watch the video with simulated screen shots animated in FCP X.samsung galaxy gear smartwatch 3 Two of the Smartest and Most Technologized Watches as seen on CoolWeirdo.com

  • Reply 12 of 81
    thedbathedba Posts: 441member


    Allow me to translate.


     


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

    Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business, referred to the accessory as a "concept device," suggesting it may not be ready for the mass market."

     



    Call it a concept device and then copy Apple after Sept. 10 (or whenever they reveal their creation). That way they can claim that their first offering was only a concept and that their new copy of Apple, is not a copy because it was already in the works.


     


     


    Quote:


    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post



    "It will lead a new trend in smart mobile communications. We are confident that the Gear will add meaningful momentum to the mobile industry."

     


    It will lead a trend down a dead end, until they change direction to follow Apple's path.

  • Reply 13 of 81
    feynmanfeynman Posts: 1,087member
    It will be announced on the 4th but won't ship until first quarter of next after Apple announces their iWatch. This will allow Samsung to revise and replicate Apple's product.
  • Reply 14 of 81
    They will be able to copy the look of Apple's iWatch but not the tech and UX.
    Samsung is thinking "computer on wrist"
    Apple is thinking "sensors on wrist"
    It's all about the sensors.
  • Reply 15 of 81
    nikiloknikilok Posts: 383member
    No wonder he said its a concept device !
    Let me guess what they gonna come up with.. They are going to get there stupid Youming flexible display on a non flexible plastic frame.
  • Reply 16 of 81
    512ke512ke Posts: 763member
    So lemme get this straight.

    If you copy someone's idea but you get it to market first, you are no longer copying.

    You are innovating?
  • Reply 17 of 81
    Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

    Apple "iWatch" deception campaign successful.
  • Reply 18 of 81
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,529member
    Sammy's "concept device" means throw some junk together and wait for Apple to make us have a "crisis in design" and then steal it stating "Apple can't patent squares with a wristband." Fandroids will lap that up.
  • Reply 19 of 81
    nikiloknikilok Posts: 383member


    You know by virtue of calling the device a concept device people would be skeptical to buy it.


    Its like you have a concept car, and then a few years down the real thing comes out. Sammy's poor with announcing stuff :D


     


    Do they even Look before they Leap ?

  • Reply 20 of 81
    Will people buy them though? Certainly more than Google Glass, but saying Samsung will get more watch buyers than Google will ever get with that headset isn't saying much.

    Even if Apple came out with one I'm going to flat out say I'd never buy one.
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