Aug 30 AT 3:40 AM Sean Riley 8 Comments

AAM Last Call: Galaxy Gear specs, Blue HTC One on Sprint and HTC in China

Render by AmongTech based on Samsung patent filings

Over the course of the day we pass on quite a few stories that we just don’t feel warrant a post all their own, we don’t aim to be the site clogging up your feeds with every last detail that hits the wire, but that isn’t to say that some of these stories aren’t important or compelling in one way or another. So to keep you all as well informed as you like to be I’ll be gathering up a few of those items each night in a post we’re calling AAM Last Call.

Samsung Galaxy Gear specs

We just saw the Gear manager app courtesy of @evleaks, but the rumor mill wasn’t quite done with the Gear. A specs list was published by AmongTech which they claim originated from Samsung staff in Texas.  They also created the render seen above based on a Samsung patent filing, but it may of course in no way resemble the final product. Here’s the full specs list:

  • 2.5 inch OLED touchscreen display 320×320
  • 10 hours of battery life
  • 1.5GHz Dual-core processor
  • 4 MP front camera capable of 720p video
  • Speakers in the strap
  • Accelerometer
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Android Jelly Bean
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB and 6 GB Models

10 hours of battery life is probably the most attention grabbing stat although it must be measuring screen on time or something similar rather than a straight power on to discharge time. Regardless of what the measure is it would seem that you are looking at a daily recharge to keep your Galaxy Gear running, which is less than ideal, even if not unexpected.

I’m excited to finally see Samsung take the wraps off the Galaxy Gear at their Unpacked event next week as I’ve used a fair number of smartwatches now and so far the Pebble is my favorite as it may have a limited feature set, but it executes well on it and of course lasts for days on a charge. I’m just not sure that the major manufacturers are understanding how to do a smartwatch, but I’ll be thrilled to be proven wrong.

HTC One in Blue coming to Sprint September 10

According to a leaked road map obtained by phoneArena the oft rumored blue HTC One is ready to finally make an appearance on Sprint come September 10th. We’ve seen images of the device previously, but earlier rumors had pegged this as a Verizon release. After a fairly monochromatic couple of years in the smartphone world things are getting awfully colorful lately so it stands to reason that HTC should get in on the act as well. Hopefully they do get this version on Verizon as well given the long delayed launch it would be nice if they had something a bit unique to offer.

HTC 301e points to their larger plans in China

The device itself isn’t really important here as it is has a 4.3″ screen at 480 x 800 with a 1GHz dual-core processor, but as Engadget rightly pointed out the real story is HTC taking on the mid-range market in China. While the HTC One is clearly a fan favorite and a great device (as exhibited by it’s near sweep of the top spot in our Back To School polling) it can’t singlehandedly keep HTC afloat, which we saw with the fairly large downturn they took in June. HTC acknowledged earlier this summer that they needed to make their mark in the mid-range in China and this phone is perhaps the first sign of that taking hold and given the size of the chinese market it could be precisely what HTC needs.

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • epps720

    That battery life is definitley a concern. I would need to watch to last a minimum of 2 – 3 full days w/o needing to charge it. Also I really hope the watch doesn’t look like that b/c that thing is FUGLY!

    • Sean Riley

      Ha,yeah while I don’t think Samsung has the best design sense I would hope they’ll do better than this. It was just based on patent sketches so I wouldn’t put too much stock in it.

  • SGB101

    I like the design, but it has to be 18hours minimum between charges. Or I won’t even consider it.

    • Sean Riley

      Agreed, I mean Pebble is great in that I basically don’t think about charging it, but I had the i’m watch for a few months and having a watch that can’t even make it through the day feels a bit ridiculous.

  • hp420

    I’d buy a galaxy gear, but only if It’s under $100. The battery needs vast improvement, too. I’m not going to charge my watch up to 3 times a day just to keep track of the time.

  • scubabum

    Only “10 hours of battery life”? Definitely not good enough for most working folks.
    Minimum of 16 hrs is a must-have. No one wants a dead watch by the afternoon.
    Other specs are OK.

  • Ahmed

    I think HTC smartphone is perfect but expensive

  • donger

    Who did Samsung copy now?