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Not every detail of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch has leaked yet. Or has it? Today there’s word of the wearable’s battery life and storage options.

We’ve already heard most of the details on Samsung’s smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, but there’s still room (and time) for some more information. The latest leaks from AmongTech confirm what our sources have told us but with the addition of a few more tidibts. According to the site’s sources at a Samsung warehouse facility, the Galaxy Gear will have 10 hours of battery life.

The smartwatch’s expected 2.5-inch, 320 x 320 OLED display is the likely battery hog here. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if the quoted 10 hour is for total on-screen time. I’d expect the watch to have an option that turns the screen off when not needed. Yes, it’s nice to see the time all day long, but it’s not necessary.

AmongTech also reports the watch will have 1 GB of memory and choice of storage in either 6 GB or 8 GB capacity. That seems odd to me as 4 GB and 8 GB would be considered more standard from a pricing perspective. Our sources say the Galaxy Gear will have an integrated camera and AmongTech says it will be a 4 megpixel sensor with 720p video recording capability.

I’ll be on hand next week at the September 4 event where Samsung is expected to debut the Galaxy Gear. At that point, we’ll see if all the leaks pan out.

Even if they do, I’ll be a little disappointed. Word on the street is that the device’s companion software will come not from Google but from Samsung, meaning the Galaxy Gear may only work with Samsung phones. But if that were wrong, I’m still not yet sold on the reported concept.

The more I think about it the less I want my smartwatch to be a second screen for my smartphone or bite-sized apps. There are enough of those on the market today. Instead, I want a contextual watch that’s built around something like Google Now.

  1. “Yes, it’s nice to see the time all day long, but it’s not necessary.” cf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Watch_(wristwatch) I am not saying that the original digital watch failed because you had to press a button to see the time but I never ever saw anyone wearing one.

    Your pic also shows shades of google glass clunkiness. My wife will not upgrade from current chunky phone (“how big are the pockets on those trousers”) to something that needs a matching trekkie outfit.

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    1. Was it the button press or possibly this: “a very sensitive integrated circuit which could be rendered useless by a static shock from a nylon shirt.”

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  2. They would likely use their fancy half baked eye detection software they use on the gs4 to detect if the user is looking at the phone to keep the screen on. The other option is to use a wrist movement detection similar to what the moto x does to auto start the camera. But this might be not so reliable as every time you are walking the screen might keep turning off and on.

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