Samsung has beaten the mythical Apple iWatch to the punch by officially revealing the long-rumoured Galaxy Gear smartwatch at IFA.
Packed with enough tech to make your everyday wristwatch hide in shame, Samsung is hoping that the Galaxy Gear will invade people's wrists worldwide from the day its released. Let's take a look at what goodies Samsung has packed into the Galaxy Gear shall we?
While we knew that a flexible display definitely wasn't on the cards, we're hoping the Gear 2.0 (if there will be a second version) will arrive featuring a futuristic bendy display to cut down on some of the bulk.
Under the hood
An 800MHz processor beats within the Gear's innards, along with 512MB of RAM. From our hands-on video above however, things do seem rather laggy, so we're hoping Samsung irons out any software bugs to make things a little zippier before release day.
The Gear also has 4GB of internal memory and features a built-in pedometer for counting your steps during various fitness activities.
While there will be over 70 Gear apps at launch, you can only load ten third-party apps on the Gear at any one time, due to its internal storage limitations. Launch apps include eBay, MyFitnessPal, Path, Pocket, RunKeeper and Tripit.
Its built-in mic, combined with S Voice will let you initiate voice commands like checking the weather, creating an alarm, drafting messages or making a new calendar entry.
A non-removeable 315mAh battery promises "a day" of use. That's bad enough on its own for a watch, but if it runs out before we're in bed then we've got serious problems – we've got enough things to charge every night during our pre-bedtime ritual as it is.
Our full review will test the Galaxy Gear to its limits, so stay tuned.
That's right, they're the only two devices at launch that will work with the Galaxy Gear. Boo hiss.
Samsung has stated that the Galaxy S4 and S3 will both be updated to Android 4.3 in October. As Android 4.3 supports the new Bluetooth 4.0 profile, we expect to see Gear support for those handsets too.
There's no word on a Galaxy Note 2 update at the time of writing, so Galaxy Note 2 owners should be sharpening their styli and forming an angry mob right about... now.
If you're lucky enough to rock a compatible Galaxy device, you'll be able to connect to the Gear and answer and make phone calls, thanks to its built in speaker and microphone. Yes you'll look like a plonker, but it's no worse than answering a call on say, the gargantuan Sony Xperia Ultra Z.
Like most other smartwatches (including the Pebble), you can control your phone's music playback straight from the watch screen itself. If you misplace your phone you can even use the Gear to make it beep, letting you track it all the way back to your dog's bed where it'll be covered in copious amounts of canine saliva. No treats for Fido tonight.
It's got a freaking camera
Yep. Built right into the strap is a 1.9MP affair, sans flash. Obviously it won't net you any photographer of the year trophies, but if you've caught a cat doing something hilarious or need a photo pronto then it's probably the quickest, most convenient way to take a snap (or record 720p video). Until good old Google Glass invades all of our faces at least.