Samsung Executive VP of Mobile Lee Young-hee has confirmed in an interview with the Korea Times that the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Note III will both be unveiled at the September 4 Samsung Unpacked event that proceeds IFA.
She also had a couple additional details to share regarding the Galaxy Gear. Unfortunately, flexible displays are still just in concept stages according to Young-hee, and won’t be used in this first generation Galaxy Gear. She didn’t get into any specific intended functions of the Galaxy Gear, but based on her statement that it will “enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience” it would seem reasonable to conclude that this is intended as a companion device rather than a standalone product.
After about 6 months with my Pebble, I think they are doing the right thing there. I hope they don’t try to overshoot on functionality with the Galaxy Gear. A watch makes for a great triage device to quickly deal with incoming information or to save you from having to take the phone out of your pocket for simple tasks like controlling media. Anything much more complex than that, and you’ll want to take your phone out, anyway. Trying to achieve much more with the device would probably lead to frustratingly short battery life, as well.
Young-hee was less forthcoming about the Note III, sharing little beyond the fact that it will also be officially announced at the Unpacked event. She merely stated that Samsung invented the phablet category and said that they will bring “enhanced key features on our Galaxy Note devices.” So the new device will have new features. Shocking revelation. We did however get some new images of the Note III courtesy of etradesupply seen at the top of the post. They have the screen pegged at 5.68 inches diagonal (up from 5.5 on the Note II) with a reduced bezel at just 2.2mm wide. Hit the via link at the end to see a few more images from them.
We do, however, have a few last minute rumors entering the fray from Korea Economic Daily. They are claiming that the Note III will offer both 4K video capture as well as the same 24-bit audio playback that LG showed off recently in the G2. Since very few of us have 4K monitors to playback that 4K video, I don’t find that particularly compelling. But maybe that won’t be the only trick the Note III camera will have up its sleeve. I don’t fall into the audiophile camp, but improved audio playback capabilities can’t hurt anyone.
September 4 is just 8 days away now, so not much longer to wait. The Galaxy Note III is unlikely to hold any big surprises for us; the Galaxy Gear is the far more interesting announcement for me. What do you hope to see in Samsung’s first entry into the wearables market?