By Stephen Schenck | August 16, 2013 2:56 PM
The arrival of August has really seen rumors heat up concerning Samsung’s anticipated smartwatch, tipped to arrive as the Galaxy Gear. Amidst a growing body of evidence for the watch’s existence, rumors have been quite adamantly claiming that the smartwatch will join the Galaxy Note III on stage at Samsung’s September 4 IFA event. As we wait to learn if there’s any truth to those claims, some new rumors start getting into the specifics of the watch’s hardware, and paint a pretty impressive-looking picture.
Probably the biggest news here is the SoC, with the Galaxy Gear supposedly running an Exynos 4212 dual-core chip at 1.5GHz. We could also find a gigabyte of RAM, support for Bluetooth and NFC, and a two-megapixel camera (no word on front-facing or edge-mounted). As for the display, this source describes it as a 1.67-inch 320 x 320 OLED panel.
Honestly, that all seems kinda odd. The SoC is verging on overkill, and even that 1GB of RAM sounds excessive for what uses the Galaxy Gear will likely end up finding. That’s not saying that a watch like this wouldn’t be nice, but it’s a bit hard to believe. Considering the anonymous nature of the source behind this info, we’re just not sure if it can be treated as legitimate.
Also consider that square display; while certainly not out of the ordinary for smartphones, the Samsung patent application we’ve been looking to for Galaxy Gear info describes a much more rectangular screen (as mocked-up in the render above). In a sense, this new rumor is just muddying the waters more, and leaving us increasingly unsure of what to expect.