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Samsung Galaxy Gear: big performance, small battery

Sterling Keys
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More and more information is being strained through to tech sites in regards to the first wearable computing device from Samsung.  Included in the past have been some design mock-ups of the Galaxy Gear, a leaked screenshot of he an app called Gear Manager that will accompany the smartwatch, and of course, some technical specs. 

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While we know this isn't anything near an official shot of the Galaxy Gear, it's the closest and cleanest mock-up that is available. / © Voucher Codes Pro/Samsung

Whatever your take might be on wearable computing, the trend for manufacturers indicates a good market for those that get in on the phenomenon early and as long as they can do it right. With the Galaxy Gear, Samsung hopes to take on the fledgling smartwatch market. However, with some technical specs being leaked via a Samsung warehouse it may seem that Samsung might have a potential issue on their hands from the get go.

Technical Specs

Processor Exynos 4212 (Dual-Core), 1.5 GHz
GPU ARM Mali-400 MP4
Memory 1 GB RAM
Display 2.5-inch OLED Display (320 x 320 Pixel), not flexible
Camera 4MP (Front) with ability to shoot video in 720p
Interner Memory 6 GB / 8 GB
Speaker Armband intergration
Connectivity Bluetooth, NFC
Operating System Android Jelly Bean
Battery life 10 Stunden

Supposedly, the battery life will be just enough to get you through the day, or 10 hours. If you take a gander at the technical data, it’s apparent that the Galaxy Gear has some power underneath its hood, but may not necessarily have the battery to back it up.  While we don’t expect a 3000 mAh in something this small, we were expecting at least something that didn’t require you to plug in your watch every night.

Of course, the power draw will come mainly on how you actually use your smartwatch. If you’re just using it to check the time, the battery time will most likely last much longer. However, the way they’re making the device it seems to be Samsung is aiming at supplementing a smartphone: Galaxy Gear comes with a camera capable of 720p video and has the processor power to accomplish much more.

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Speaker in the armband? / © Sam Mobile/Samsung

We’ll know for sure the nitty and gritty behind the Galaxy Gear in the coming days as it is scheduled to be officially announced at that IFA. Until then, keep your eyes and ears peeled as the Galaxy Gear leaks will most likely be coming out en masse until then.

As well, some screenshots of the Gear Manager app have been leaked by the good fellows and gals over at @evleaks. What we can gather from these is that you are able to connect the device to your smartphone or charging station either by using Bluetooth or NFC. As well, it seems that there will be a built in tracking app for the Galaxy Gear, just in case it is lost or stolen. In any case, it seems that via these leaked shots that the Galaxy Gear is meant to be used in conjunction with a smartphone or mobile computing device and Samsung is trying to make it as easy as possible to accomplish this.

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A first look into the settings and workings of the companion app, Gear Manager. / © @evleaks

What do you think of Galaxy Gear so far? Will 10 hours of battery time be enough?

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  • Mark R. Aug 31, 2013 Link

    personally I don't see the point of all this functionality in a watch except for when you're doing sport or exercise. even then I prefer to clip my device to my shirt or waistband.

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  • ljhaye Aug 31, 2013 Link

    The galaxy gear was confirmed to work only with Samsung galaxy products and will not accept apps from the Google play store but rather from Samsung's App Store http://techland.time.com/2013/08/30/samsung-galaxy-gear-smartwatch-details-slip-out/

    Also the picture presented above is a concept design as they already confirmed that it will not have a bendable screen.

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  • Bojan M. Aug 31, 2013 Link

    That concept design above looks very nice to me, I would buy. After reading it won't have a flexible display, I change my mind. I'll still wait for the final design, but I doubt I'll be interested.

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  • italianchef Sep 3, 2013 Link

    cant wait for it to come out will try an be one of the first to buy it

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