Samsung has made no secret of the fact that it plans to show off a smart watch device on Wednesday at the IFA technology convention, but VentureBeat's Christina Farr got a look at a prototype of the device, as well as some hands-on time with it. The device shown in the report is said to have been sent to developers and a number of select partners.
The Galaxy Gear smartwatch is said to have a 2.5-inch display with a 3.5-inch size including the surrounding bezel. It’s quite large, but not too large in my opinion. Also, you can see the (rumored to be 4MP) camera jutting out. It looks to be a legit leak, and I have to say, I like how it looks.
The promotional video from which the images of the watch were taken suggests that Samsung will make a big push to position the device as a fitness companion. Reportedly, the video showed users snapping pictures of their food with the watch and categorizing meals for later review. It also appears to have a number of sensors integrated, allowing users to track their heart rate, steps, and potentially other metrics. One source said that a Palo Alto-based health startup has spent months working with Samsung to develop fitness apps for the device.
The smartwatch is said to be focused on health, probably to be paired with the Galaxy S 4′s S Health app. It’ll also support S Voice commands for handsfree operation. While it would have been better with a flexible display, it’s exciting to finally see Samsung’s efforts in a nearly finished product, and we can’t wait to see the final thing at Samsung’s event. Stay tuned on September 4th!