(Credit: LA Times)
The highly anticipated "Samsung Unpacked 2013: Episode 2" event in Berlin just got a little more exciting. A new report confirms that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be unveiled along with the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the company's new smartwatch accessory.
Bloomberg reported that the rumored Samsung Galaxy Gear, the smartwatch that was thought to accompany the release of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3, is going to be unveiled on the same day.
Citing an anonymous source, Bloomberg reported that the wristwatch-like accessory from Samsung will indeed be called the Galaxy Gear. And we can look forward to being introduced to the smartwatch on Sept. 4, two days before the IFA 2013 consumer electronics show in Berlin, and the same day that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is likely to be unveiled.
According to the Bloomberg report, the Galaxy Gear will be powered by Google's Android operating system - though the version of the OS is still undetermined - and will be capable of making phone calls, surfing the Internet, and checking emails. Two anonymous sources confirmed those features for the report, but other possible features, such as playing music, taking pictures, or video chatting were not mentioned.
One person confirmed some rather disappointing news (at least for those tuned in to the Galaxy Gear build-up ahead of the event): At least the most imminent Galaxy Gear smartwatch will not have a flexible display. Previous leaks of Galaxy Gear patent designs showed a bendable screen, leading to speculation on what the new smartwatch may look like. One such concept image (below) was based on the leaked bendable display design sketch.
However, the same person who nixed the bendable display for this September said that Samsung is continuing to work on that concept, so we may see a Galaxy Gear in the future with that option.
The Galaxy Gear will likely be released at the same time as the Galaxy Note 3, which is rumored to have a 5.68-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display sporting 1920 x 1080p resolution, powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Exynos 5420 chip with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. Other rumored specs for the new phablet include a 13-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization and a 3,200 mAh battery. The device is likely to feature 16, 32, or 64GB of internal storage, with a microSD card slot for an additional 64GB. Being unveiled in early September, the Galaxy Note 3 will probably run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box.