Today, Samsung announced its highly anticipated Android-based smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. The smartwatch features a 1.63-inch 320x320 AMOLED display that is framed in brushed aluminum. Unlike the many leaks we saw leading up to the launch, the device does not feature a curved screen and uses Bluetooth to connect to a Galaxy smartphone rather than the reported NFC that was previously rumored.
The device runs Android 4.3 and utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 to conserve energy. Samsung says that there are over 70 apps to choose from. They can be installed using the smartwatch's Galaxy Gear Manager app. 4GB of built-in storage is available alongside a 315mAh battery. Samsung says that the Galaxy Gear will be available in early October and will retail at an MSRP of $299.