Samsung is about to launch its smart watch, the Galaxy Gear, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The smart watch will be the first from a major tech company to hit the market, while the Galaxy Note 3 represents an update to one of the company’s most loved, and most unusual, products.
Samsung is set to launch the new devices at the IFA technology show in Berlin today. The company will begin its press conference at around 7:45 pm local time, or 1:45 pm EST. The launch of the Galaxy Gear smart watch is likely to be the biggest attraction for many, but the Galaxy Note 3 is a big launch in its own right, and will attract a lot of attention.
Galaxy Note 3 leak
The Galaxy Note 2 is the biggest premium smartphone that Samsung offers right now, and the Galaxy Note 3 is expected to continue that tradition. The jumbo smartphone will, according to leaked details, sport a 5.7 inch display, though it may be bigger according to some rumors. The Galaxy S4 display, which was launched in March, has a five inch display. Some think that Samsung will have to hit 6 inches to make the Galaxy Note 3 a real contender.
The Galaxy Note 3 is likely to be the beefiest Samsung phone in terms of specs. The screen is likely to have a resolution of 1080p, following trends in most premium Android models, and a pixel density of 386 ppi. The processor is likely to be Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa chipset, but LTE models may feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC.
Rumors suggest that the phone will come with a massive 3GB of RAM, more than any other premium smart phone, and many PCs. The phone will likely launch with a Samsung skinned version of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and users shouldn’t expect to see a Google Play unskinned version any time soon.
Galaxy Gear smart watch
The first big entry into the smart watch industry is likely to be the Galaxy Gear, which Samsung is expected to launch this afternoon. The smartwatch will feature an OLED screen and 10 hours of battery life. Analysts are still concerned about the demand for a smartwatch. Depending on pricing and other factors it could be the big tech surprise of 2013, and leave competitors rushing to catch up.