We have heard speculation from a variety of companies over the past year that they would be expanding from cell phones and tablets to smart watches. We have seen KickStarter projects such as Pebble, heard rumors from Google and Apple that they would eventually be releasing devices, and now Samsung has formally announced their watch. The Galaxy Gear features a surprising set of specs and an impressive variety of features for a first-generation smartwatch.

The device will feature a 1.63" AMOLED screen carrying a resolution of 320x320 (277 ppi). Inside an 800MHz processor, 4GB storage and 512MB onboard RAM power the device. There is a camera that will capture photos at 2 megapixels and take short 10 second videos. The sound will be turned on for the shutter to avoid concerns of Samsung Gear spying. Two mics and a speaker complete the hardware specs. Naturally for a device built in the spirit of fitness, an accelerometer, odometer, and gyroscope will be included. The full specs are listed below.

Seventy partners are on board at launch with the Gear including Path, Evernote, MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper and more. Bluetooth 4.0 will allow users to pair their device with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Pairing with other Samsung devices such as the S4, S3 and Note 2 will come as they are upgraded to 4.3. The watch is slated to have a 25 hour battery life thanks to a 315mAh battery, but we will see how long this device takes a charge with moderate to heavy use. It's a common belief that a 315mAh battery will not hold an entire day's charge.

Here is the spec sheet for the Galaxy Gear. h/t Android Central:
  • 800MHz Exynos CPU
  • 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display at 320x320 resolution
  • 1.9MP camera with BSI sensor
  • 720p video recording and playback
  • Featured apps from Atooma, Banjo, Evernote, Glympse, eBay, Line, MyFitnessPal, Path, Pocket, RunKeeper, TripIt and Vivino
  • Samsung Apps and ChatON messaging service
  • 2 microphones, 1 speaker
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and LE
  • Accelerometer, Gyroscope
  • 4GB on-board storage
  • 512MB RAM
  • 315mAh battery
  • Smart Relay, S Voice, Auto Lock, Find My Device, Media Controller, Pedometer, Stopwatch, Timer
  • Safety assistance
The Galaxy Gear is sure to spur innovation in the watch space now, something many of us have been looking forward to for years. Most of us, including myself want to know how soon we'll be able to root these devices or install a watch ROM. For now, we are aware of a September 25th launch date in 140 countries. It will be available in the US and Japan on October 25th and is speculated to cost $299.00.

Let us know if you're getting one in the comments!

Featured Apps

The Galaxy Gear has 12 featured apps as of the initial announcement, complete with descriptions from Samsung:

  1. Atooma is a contextually aware horizontal intelligence platform that makes your GALAXY Gear smarter.

  2. Banjo gives you the power to see what's happening right now, anywhere in the world

  3. Evernote watch app makes it easy to remember things by quickly capturing images and memories and bringing important reminders right to GALAXY Gear.

  4. Glympse allows people to easily share their location temporarily and in real-time, letting recipients see their movements on a dynamic map.

  5. eBay app allows you to complete all your transactions on eBay with ease and in real-time.

  6. Line is a global messaging service available in over 230 countries worldwide.

  7. MyFitnessPal tracks your nutrition and exercise, empowering you to achieve your personal health and fitness goals.

  8. Path is the personal network designed to bring you closer to your friends and family.

  9. Pocket, the leading way to save web content to view later on any device, brings text-to-speech article playback to GALAXY Gear.

  10. RunKeeper is the personal trainer in your pocket, helping you track your runs, set your goals, and stay motivated.

  11. TripIt from Concur makes it easy to organize travel plans in one place.
  12. Vivino Wine Scanner allows you to take a photo of any wine and get to know all about it instantly.

Galaxy Gear Press Release

Berlin, Germany - September 4, 2013 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced the GALAXY Gear, a perfect companion device that further integrates the Samsung GALAXY experience into everyday life. Samsung GALAXY Gear combines smart device connectivity, tailored technological features, and stylish design as a single premium accessory.

"Samsung's ongoing smart device innovation leadership reflects our commitment to listen to our consumers, who want their daily lives to be easier and more enjoyable. Samsung GALAXY Gear benefits consumers by integrating smart device technology even deeper into their everyday lives, and bridges the gap between the mobile device and fashion worlds to create truly wearable technology," said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. "Samsung GALAXY Gear frees users from the need to constantly check their smart devices while maintaining connections. It provides what we call 'smart freedom,' by allowing users to choose how, why, when and where they are connected."

Experience new mobile communications freedoms

Samsung GALAXY Gear lets users to live in the moment while staying connected to their Samsung GALAXY devices. It notifies users of incoming messages, such as calls, texts, emails and alerts, delivers a preview of those messages and creates the opportunity for users to accept or discreetly ignore those messages. When an incoming message requires more than a quick glance, users can simply pick up their Samsung GALAXY devices and theSmart Relay feature will instantly reveal the full content on the screen.

Voice operation

The built-in speaker allows users to conduct hands-free calls directly from the Gear, maintaining connections to their mobile communications without disrupting their daily routines. For example, a user leaving the grocery store, whose hands are full with shopping bags, could still make a call by speaking into the GALAXY Gear without touching the screen. Users can also draft messages, create new calendar entries, set alarms, and check the weather on the GALAXY Gear with S Voice.

Capture daily life from your wrist

In addition to enabling smart device controls, Samsung GALAXY Gear introduces several features that help users easily capture life's meaningful moments which otherwise might be missed. With the Memographer feature, a 1.9 Megapixel camera, users who are on the move or participating in physical activities can record both photos and video to create quick, visual records of important information or events from their daily lives, as well as share them on their social networks. Extending the quick-record concept, Voice Memo lets users capture important thoughts or conversations from their wrists and save those voice recordings into texts on their Samsung GALAXY devices.

A growing list of controls for favorite features

With the GALAXY Gear, users gain a wide range of favorite features that further increase the benefits of this new accessory. New security enhancement Auto Lock automatically secures the companion smartphone screen any time that GALAXY Gear is more than 1.5 meters away from the smartphone, and then unlocks the smartphone when the companion devices are near each other again. Find My Device helps users find the location of their smart devices when they have been misplaced by making them beep, illuminate and vibrate. With Samsung GALAXY Gear, users can also control the music played on their Samsung GALAXY devices. As with traditional music players, it helps users browse, play and pause songs even when their smart device is not within reach. Finally, the GALAXY Gear also works like a Pedometer to track physical activity via enhanced, built-in sensor technology. This feature systematically and automatically monitors users so they can track key personal data such as calories burned, steps taken and distance covered.

Standalone Watch and Iconic Fashion Accessory

Samsung GALAXY Gear embodies understated elegance. Its refined design, executed in, high-quality finishes, conjures images of luxury jewelry while still being understated enough to go well with any outfit. A rounded and simple flowing form wraps around the body, integrating with the user's personal environment, and maintaining comfort at all times. The GALAXY Gear also serves as a wristwatch and includes several face options that create the opportunity for users to personalize their watch face. It will come preloaded with 10 different clock options and more choices will be downloadable via Samsung Apps. The GALAXY Gear experience can be further personalized by selecting from six colors that will be available at launch: Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green.

Samsung GALAXY Gear will be launched with the GALAXY Note 3 in more than 140 countries around the world starting from September 25.