Beyond the concept videos and leaks featuring the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3, there is another kind of device that needs its time on the spotlight. This year, wearable technology, such as the smartwatch is making its way onto tradeshows and unpacking events, in the hopes of being the next big thing for mobile technology.
The two main contenders on this side of the industry remain to be Apple and Samsung, with each having their own champion for the smartwatch battle.
While Apple has constantly kept the development of its device under heavy secrecy, Samsung has recently had a major leak in info and look, just a few days before the supposed reveal of the device.
Check out some of the fan-made concept videos for the iWatch, as well as the latest compilation of rumours for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Gear.
The iWatch: All the colours you can want
Dubbed as the mini iPhone--perhaps because of the fact that it touts pretty similar features, if not the actual look--concept creator Ran Avni puts an interesting array of features for Apple's wearable technology.
The iWatch is said to have the iPhone 5S design, with the iOS 7, a FaceTime camera, a 2.5-inch display, and six colour variants to choose from. For connectivity capabilities, you have the Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, wi-fi version, and wi-fi + 4G, 4G LTE variants.
Best of all, speculations of the device has often mentioned a low price for the smartwatch, especially since most of the features are usually found in midrange phones,
As can be seen in the rendered designs, the colours of the smartwatch include black, blue, white, pink, red, and green. The actual watch face has a horizontal inclination, compared to what has been seen for the Samsung Galaxy Gear.
Another concept for the iPhone companion
Just like the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the iWatch has often been touted to have very smartphone-like features. In this new concept video from concept creator Stephen Olmstead and video creator Ran Avni, you can see a different design and specs lineup.
Instead of having a very obvious smartwatch, the concept here depicts a typical watch that has the capabilities of the smartwatch at a touch of button--almost like your James Bond gadget rolled in a wristwatch.
Some of the features include Face time call using the watch, light and vibration for alerts, clicking command for app selection launch, clicking and holding command for Siri input, and message viewing on the iWatch.
The specs include weather compass, calendar, a low power e-ink display which shows the clock constantly, and a remote trigger and preview paired with the iPhone camera.
As described by the concept creator, the design makes use of an actual watch face instead of making it look like a digital toy strapped on a wristwatch. Beneath the façade lies the string of new features so that you get all the innovation without losing the aesthetic appeal of a wearable device.
An interesting thing to note regarding the hardware concept is that an e-ink display is used for the watch face. But it also has an LCD that is activated every time the higher functions are used.
Would you prefer an obvious smartphone watch design or this simpler design that underlies a powerful device?
Galaxy Gear: Last minute details on the watch
In the video, you can see a rendered version of what the patent has tried to depict in sketches. The renders even take it one step further, putting on a few coloured options for the wrist band as a possible variant for those who want to add more colour to the gadget.
There have been a number leaks as to what can be expected of the inside of the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Tech Feed provides a number of features, most of which have been pretty accepted as truth after all the rumours.
Some of the specs include the 2.5-inch OLED touch screen display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4-megapixel camera, speakers in the straps, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, Android Jelly Bean, accelerometer, and 6GB and 8GB model variants. What you have here is more or less a midrange phone all packed in a wristwatch.
But the most contested and reportedly disappointing feature is the 10-hour battery life of the device. The likes of Sony's Smartwatch 2 have a battery life that can last up to a few days, putting Samsung at a very awkward and backward stage.
Tech Feed also brushes up on the past rumours wherein trusted insider source @evleaks showcased the manual for the Samsung Galaxy Gear in order to connect it to your device.
Lastly, the video also brings up a number of questions that remain unreported and not discussed in previous rumours--from the possible pricing of the device to its compatibility with other Android devices. September 4 is the best venue for these questions to be answered.