Samsung Galaxy Gear Smart Watch price, release date and specs

The Samsung ‘Galaxy Gear’ Smartwatch may have already been beaten by Sony’s Smartwatch 2 but it is hoping to take the wind out of Apple’s sails come September

Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch

Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch

The Samsung ‘Galaxy Gear’ Smart watch has been long rumoured ever since the launch of Sony’s SmartWatch 2 with the release date, pricing and the specs all pondered over.

Whilst news relating to Samsung’s Android-powered smart watch remains slim what we do know is that the company will be looking to make an impact this year following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Apple are also set to unveil a new iPhone this September so Samsung will no doubt be looking to steal some of the thunder and what better way than with a smart watch.

With smartwear now becoming ever more popular thanks to fitness trackers like the Fitbit Flex and Nike Fuelband smartphone companies have also realised the potential of wrist-worn technology with Sony being one of the first major smartphone manufacturers to start producing a smart watch which will act as a portal to your device.

It comes as no coincidence that as smartphones get bigger we become more and more reliant on using other technology to gain quick access to out emails, texts and calls.

With ‘phablets’ like the  Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the rumoured Samsung Galaxy Note 3 proving that customers are just as interested in screen real estate as they are portability companies have started to look at new ways of interacting with our smartphones without ever having to take them out of our pockets.

Read our Best Smartwatches feature to see the best smart watches of the last 30 years and discover why we’ve become obsessed with controlling the world through wearable tech.

It’ll probably be called the Samsung Galaxy Gear

Unless Samsung is creating one of the biggest  tech diversions in history we’re pretty sure that it’ll be calling its smart watch the Samsung Galaxy Gear after it was reported that the company had filed for the trademark ‘Galaxy Gear’ in both Europe and the US.

With Sony already coining the phrase ‘SmartWatch’ Samsung will no doubt been looking at a way of placing their own unique stamp on the smartwatch market.

Galaxy Gear will come in five different colours

SamMobile are up to their usual tricks and have managed to get insider information on the launch of the Galaxy Gear which confirms that Samsung’s Smart Watch will launch in five different colours.

Initially available in White, Grey, Orange and Black the companion to Samsung’s range of Galaxy tablets and smartphones will then be available in a special White and Gold a week later. It’s not clear if this will be limited to certain regions or if it’ll be a global special edition.

Samsung Galaxy Gear will have a price around £200

This is nowhere near confirmed but by looking at the current market you’re able to guage how much any technology company will price their products in relation to the competition.

For example the Sony SmartWatch 2 costs £159.00 on Expansys whilst the Nike Fuelband costs around £129. If Samsung is looking to release a product that is as flagship as the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the Note 3 then it’ll need to be not only premium in the specs department but also an investment financially.

Taking into account the current rumours which point at some pretty high specs along with a considerable amount of connectivity including Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC it would be reasonable to assume that Samsung will price it slightly above Sony’s own effort which is, at present, the only main competition.

Samsung will announce the Galaxy Gear release date at Samsung Unpacked

SamMobile believe they have confirmed reports that Samsung will not only unveil the Galaxy Gear (SM-V700) but also the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 ahead of theIFA 2013 tech conference in Berlin.

It’s believed the Galaxy Gear will act as a companion device for other Galaxy devices like the Galaxy S4, Note 2 and Note 3 and possibly even Samsung’s Galaxy tablet range including the Galaxy Tab 8.0.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear will run Android

Galaxy Gear specs have been pretty thin on the ground but what we can say with relative certainty is that it will be running a heavily skinned version of Android.

Samsung’s smart watch could also feature a flexible screen after Samsung’s patent filings revealed their plans for a device which would feature a flexible display that would wrap around the users wrist.

The images show a device with a long screen which would bend around the wrist along with two standard Android soft keys at the bottom as found on Samsung’s smartphones.

One of the more interesting specs that has been leaked via the patent is the news that the Galaxy Gear will be able to access the internet, send messages and make calls without pairing it to your smartphone suggesting that the device will actually support mobile networks via what would almost certainly have to be a Nano SIM.

Sony Alpha 3000 DSLR-style mirrorless camera unveiled with three lenses

Sony Alpha 3000, a first of its kind from Sony, is a mirrorless camera in the body of a DSLR, for those who prefer the mirrorless performance, but want the DSLR design.

Sony Alpha 3000 DSLR-style mirrorless camera unveiled with three lenses

Sony Alpha 3000 DSLR-style mirrorless camera unveiled with three lenses

On a bright sunny day in San Diego, Sony announced the new Alpha 3000, a new mirrorless camera in a DSLR form-factor along with three new lenses, including one carrying the Zeiss branding.

The new camera features a large, high-resolution 20.1 MP Exmor APS-C HD CMOS sensor, a bright electronic viewfinder and the same lens mount as Sony’s popular line of E-mount cameras, making it compatible with the system’s ever-growing assortment of high-quality lenses ranging from telephotos, wide angles and macros to versatile zoom and portrait lenses. The Alpha 3000 becomes the first mirrorless camera from Sony to use a DSLR design, much like the Panasonic G6.

Along with the Alpha 3000, Sony also announced a trip of lenses, the Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 OSS, E 18-105 f/4 OSS and a 50mm f/1.8. The new Carl Zeiss lens should help photographers with a Sony mirrorless camera experience the legendary optical quality of the lens, all while enjoying a constant aperture of f/4. The new E 18-105 is aimed at photographers who would like a more versatile walkaround lens, with a constant aperture. While we would have loved a maximum aperture of f/2.8, but those interested in this lens will have to settle for f/4. Lastly, Sony also fills in a gap for portrait photographers with the 50mm f/1.8, which is somewhat of a standard for those who love shooting people.

(Left to Right) Zeiss 16-70mm F4 OSS, 18-105mm F4 G, and black 50mm F1.8 E-mount lenses

Pricing:

  • The new α3000 interchangeable lens camera will be available in early September for about $400, paired with a black 18-55mm zoom kit lens (model SEL1855).
  • The new Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 16-70mm F4 zoom lens will be available in late September for about $1000.
  • The new E 18-105mm F4 G Series zoom lens will be available in December for about $600.
  • The new E 50mm F1.8 portrait lens in black will be available in late September for about $300

Sony adds Indie Games to PlayStation Store; waives PS Mobile developer charges

Sony to do away with game publishing charges for PlayStation Mobile in an attempt to thwart smartphone games with free PS Vita developer tools.

Sony adds Indie Games to PlayStation Store; waives PS Mobile developer chargesSony has been working hard to get more indie developers for its platforms. In an attempt to propel the development for the PS Vitaand PlayStation Mobile compatible devices, Sony is going to eliminate cost of publishing on the platforms. This eventually would attract more developers to the systems as earlier developers were supposed to pay a fee of $99 (approximately Rs. 5,349) on an yearly basis.

This is a strategic move, considering the fact that the PS Vita doesn’t offer a lot game titles.”We are looking forward to seeing your exciting ideas become reality and having fun developing together,” says the PlayStation Mobile developer portal. “To help out all the talent out there we thought it would be better to waive the publisher license fee. So we did.”

However, the free publishing on PS Mobile is a limited period offer as it will be ending by September 2 this year, which is likely to change, depending on the popularity of the platform in the coming months.

Sony has also launched a new indie games category on the PlayStation Store, which will giving devs a major platform for their titles. SCEE director of publisher and developer relations, Andrew Parsons said on the PS Europe Blog, “This is an exciting space where indie content can receive additional exposure. It’s an opportunity to showcase the best of these great games for PS3 and PS Vita – and for this to be constantly refreshed with the latest releases and promotions. It’s the first and best place to go for indie content (though of course content can still be found through the normal channels too).”

Sony’s contender Nintendo is also adopting the same strategy. The gaming giant intends to port smartphones games to the Wii U in lieu of console’s low preliminary sales.

Earlier, Sony slashed the price of PS Vita in Japan. The portable device has not been a success as devices like the iPhone have been more captivating for consumers.

Source: PS Europe BlogPS US Blog