It has been widely rumored that Apple is set to unveil its first wearable device, perhaps the so-called “iWatch,” at some point in the near future. While it was originally expected that Apple would introduce its first wearable at an October media event, a recent report claims that Apple will announce its wearable at its September 9th media event alongside the iPhone 6. With less than two weeks to go, the excitement is officially mounting.
Ahead of the highly-anticipated announcement, a couple of rivals have unveiled two smartwatches of their own in the Samsung Gear S and LG G Watch R. While these wearables will likely serve as more competition for the soon-to-be-released Moto 360 smartwatch, it is possible that they could rival Apple’s wearable product as well. Samsung’s Gear S features a curved 2-inch Super AMOLED display, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, enhanced multi-sensors, built-in GPS and more.
Interestingly, the Gear S is not an Android Wear device. Instead, the smartwatch runs a version of Samsung’s open-source, standards-based platform Tizen. In terms of hardware specifications, the Gear S contains a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and a 300 mAh lithium-ion battery with up to 2 days battery life per charge. The wearable will be available through Samsung retail and carrier partners beginning October.
The all-new LG G Watch R is a circular variant of the existing G Watch. The smartwatch features a 1.3-inch circular P-OLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, 410 mAh battery that delivers all-day battery life, photoplethysmography heart rate sensor, interchangeable leather strap and more. The G Watch R ships in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, the oft-rumored iWatch could have a 2.5-inch display made out of sapphire crystal glass, over 10 health and fitness sensors for blood pressure, glucose and sweat, a weightlifting tracker and more. iWatch sales are predicted to surpass 33 million units in 2015, with at least 10-percent of active iPhone users purchasing the wearable device. Apple has made a number of key hirings for the iWatch and recruited professional athletes to help test the smart watch in intense environments.
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