Galaxy Gear smartwatch specs rumored: Exynos 4 Dual?


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.

Source: SamMobile

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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