Samsung officially unveils the Galaxy Gear smartwatch

Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Gear, the company’s much anticipated new smartwatch. The smartwatch will be available in the US early October and will retail for $299. Meanwhile, Samsung plans to globally launch the Galaxy Gear on September 25 in more than 149 countries.

The Galaxy Gear features a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. Under the hood, it gets powered by a single-core 800MHz processor and offers 4GB of built-in storage. There’s a 315mAh battery which is said to offer 25 hours of battery life. The Galaxy Gear also has two in built mics with Noise cancellation support. Not to mention, the smartwatch also has a built-in camera.

The Galaxy Gear works much like the Pebble smartwatch. The smartwatch functions more like an accessory to other Samsung devices using Bluetooth. For instance, it can show smartphone notifications, lets you answer calls, and gives users access to a wide array of apps. Samsung claims that the new smartwatch will be compatible with over 70 apps initially, such as Evernote, Path, and Glympse.

For now, the Galaxy Gear only works with the newly launched Galaxy Note 3 and the latest Galaxy Note 10.1. That said, Samsung reportedly plans to integrate Gear with more devices such as the Galaxy S4 and S3 smartphones, as well as Note 2.