Spec-sheet details for Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch have begun to appear, two weeks or so ahead of the handset-accessory’s anticipated launch date.
GigaOm, citing 'unnamed sources' natch, reports that the watch will pack a 2.5-inch screen and a dual-core processor that puts it on a par with last-gen smartphones in the power stakes.
Interestingly, it looks like the same eyeball tracking tech that features on the Galaxy S4 will be on board too and will be coupled with a camera located in the strap.
However, rather than scrolling through pages of text as you do with S4, the eyeball-tracker will be used to enable owners to switch the Gear on when moved nearer their eyes.
The S Health fitness-monitoring app will also make the transition from the S4 to the Gear, with sportswatch functionality certain to be front and centre in Samsung's inevitably huge marketing push.
Near Field Communications (NFC) means the Gear can be swiped over a reader to pay for low-ticket items and can transfer content when touched against a smartphone or another NFC-enabled device. As you might expect, though, the Gear actually pairs with handsets using Bluetooth 4.0.
Text input will not be supported, which rather rules out web surfIng and email functionality even though picking up and being alerted to messages remotely was thought to be one of the current crop of smartwatches raisons d’etre.
Samsung is nigh-on certain to showcase the Gear at Berlin’s IFA expo on September 4th, alongside the Note 3.
GigaOm also posits that New York could also host a launch event the same day and that a pop-up show could be planned for Times Square to flog the timepiece soon after.