Report: Samsung’s Wear smartwatch called Gear Live, to launch on July 7

by: Bogdan PetrovanJune 25, 2014


Last week, we learned that Samsung would be the third partner to launch an Android Wear smartwatch at Google I/O, and now we may have some additional details.

Take this report with a grain of salt, as its source is Spanish-language technology blog Alt1040, an outlet that we’re not familiar with. According to the website, Samsung’s Android Wear smartwatch will be called Gear Live and the device will become available for sale from July 7. We already suspected Samsung was going to extend its existing Gear line with an Android Wear product, and if the device is introduced today, retail availability from July 7 seems plausible.

The report mentions a set of alleged specs for the Samsung Gear Live:

  • Display: 1.63-inch Super AMOLED, 320 x 320 pixels
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dimensions: 37.9 x 56.4 x 8.9 mm, 59 grams
  • Battery: 300 mAh
  • Ingress protection: IP67
  • Features: heart rate monitor

These specifications are very similar to those of the Tizen-powered Gear Neo (pictured above), and we wouldn’t be surprised if design was similar as well.

No information about pricing, though we do expect the Gear Live to cost about the same as the LG G Watch, in the $250-$300 range.

With Google I/O about to start later today, we’ll have all the official information straight from the source soon. Stay tuned for our I/O coverage throughout the day!

  • Err0xx

    I have a gear 2 and actually like it but there’s no way this “gear live” can go toe-to-toe with the likes of the Moto 360 or LG G watch if it’s basically a gear neo with Android Wear installed. If this is true, going to be the tech flop of the decade.

    • Blowntoaster

      how is that? it’ll do all that the others can do, and it has the fitness stuff too, and an IR blaster. to boot!!! what’s so “flop” about that?

      • Err0xx

        The flop about that is the product is basically already on the market and the Android wear version has no information indicating it’ll have an ir blaster or “fitness stuff” – both of those were coded into Tizen and the Android version of the original gear. Android wear isn’t designed to have that kind of hardware baked in, so Samsung will have to make a Frankenstein os with Android wear if they do this. With rumors of a gear 3 releasing in September and the draw of the beautiful design/round screen of a moto 360 with wireless charging, this is just a “me too” product attempt by Samsung. Take a look at the hype for the Moto 360 vs this. If the price points are the same, nobody will buy this over the moto. Watch and see.

        • Blowntoaster

          or maybe they might. Not everyone likes the Moto 360 design. it’s too “fashion statement” for a lot of people.

          The G-watch design appeals to some people, and the 360 appeals to others. Some people like the Samsung Gears better. it’s down to personal preference.
          Samsung has some fitness features baked in with an extra tweak or two slapped on. If they can integrate the IR Blaster and fitness features on their Android running phones, they could most probably do it on Wear too.
          and they wouldn;t have to resort to some “frankenstein OS” to do it, it should just be a few basic tweaks or apps that will support those features. it’s still android after all. just a tweaked version for wearables.
          on Android, anything is possible.
          And I’m sure someone on XDA will compile a Wear ROM in no time that can be loaded on current smartwatches like the Gears and Sony Smartwatches.

        • Anonymousfella

          Over Moto360? No. But this would be better than LG’s offering

  • I haven’t even thought about buying a nice watch in the last few years. But I really kind of want to buy a smart-watch, and It’s either going be this or the Moto360, I’m leaning more towards the Moto 360 because looksa little cleaner imo.