Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is official

Vlad Savov for The Verge:

Yes, it’s a smartphone accessory that can pick up notifications, control music playback, and keep time with a rich variety of watch faces, but Samsung takes it a few steps further by integrating a 1.9-megapixel camera, a speaker, and two microphones — allowing you to shoot short 720p movies and even conduct phone calls with the Galaxy Gear.

A couple of things:

  • Thankfully it’s not the 3-inch watch face we saw leaked earlier this week, but it still looks like a very bulky device to wear on your wrist.
  • It packs a 315mAh battery which will only be good for around 1 day of battery. That’s just not good enough for a watch.
  • It has 70 apps, which is a surprisingly decent selection for a launch device. I chuckled when I saw Evernote in that list.

It will be priced at internationally at US$299, and launches globally in late September. We’ve heard that Telstra will be ranging it here it Australia, but no word on local price just yet.

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