Qualcomm, one of the leading chip maker firms has announced its first smartwatch device tipped as Toq. The announcement comes along with the introduction of Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which was unveiled at the IFA event in Berlin.
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The Qualcomm device unveiled by Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm during a conference is San Diego is likely to be one of the competitors of Samsung's Galaxy Gear.
Following are some of the similarities and differences in both the smartwatches.
The displays of both devices are unique and depend on the firm's style of manufacturing the watch.
Samsung Galaxy Gear features a 1.63-inch AMOLED touch screen display with 320×320 pixels, reported Engadget. With this Samsung is likely to surpass the quality of screen used in Qualcomm Toq. Both devices come with multi-coloured screens.
While Qualcomm is yet to disclose the screen specifications of Toq, Jacobs revealed the use of the firm's proprietary Mirasol reflective display, which was seen earlier in 2010 at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES). This technology is said to involve tiny mirrors which create colours through refraction of light consuming less power.
Incoming calls, texts and other information
A user can manage incoming calls, texts, meeting or events in both the devices. However, Qualcomm Toq seems to have an edge over Samsung Galaxy Gear as the former is said to come with a couple of Bluetooth powered wireless headphones. This inclusion is believed to eliminate the act of bringing the smartwatch close to the ears every time the user needs to attend a call, which seems to be the case with Galaxy Gear.
While the Samsung Galaxy Gear is believed to go well with only Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Qualcomm Toq sports a much flexible option as it is compatible with all the smartphones running on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and above.
Camera is one of the plus points of Samsung Galaxy Gear, which is not available in Qualcomm Toq. Galaxy Gear comes with a 1.9 megapixel camera shooter that can also capture 10 second video clips at 720p, 640 X 640 or in VGA resolution along with the sound. The camera is fixed on the rubber strap of the smartwatch and can be activated with just a single swipe.
Charging and Battery
The lack of camera has been significantly compensated by Qualcomm Toq through its battery capacity. The battery reportedly runs for five consecutive days on a single charge, as compared to Galaxy Gear's battery capacity of 315mAh that lasts for just one day.
While Galaxy Gear's battery can be recharged through a USB connection, Qualcomm has introduced its WiPower LE wireless charging technology for Toq .
The Samsung Galaxy Gear, scheduled for 25 September shipment will cost around £192 ($299), reported Engadget.
Qualcomm Toq likely to hit shelves in the fourth quarter of 2013, is expected to carry a price tag ranging between £192 ($300) and £224 ($350), according to Techland Time.
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