Samsung confirm launch of Galaxy Gear ‘smartwatch’

The much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Gear watch has been confirmed by the executive vice president of Samsung Mobile, Lee Young-Hee, in an interview with the Korea Times. The launch will take place at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin on the 4th September. Other than this date, however, few details have been revealed about the gadget, other than that the ‘smartwatch’ will run on Android and will not have a flexible display.

Lee Young-Hee said: “We will be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear at our own event in Berlin on September 4”. He continued:“The Gear won’t have a flexible display. The new device will enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways. It will lead a new trend in smart mobile communications. We are confident that the Gear will add meaningful momentum to the mobile industry.”

Some news sites have reported that the ‘smartwatch’ will feature a screen controlled by a small panel with keys, not unlike those found on the Samsung Galaxy Android handset. Other patent filings by Samsung have suggested that the device will be able to make and receive phone calls, send emails and texts, store information and access the internet.

Samsung are the first company to confirm the specific launch of such a device, but it has been suggested that Apple and Google are also working on similar watches due to other patent filings, whilst Microsoft have confirmed that they are working on a version of a ‘smartwatch’ product.

The event on September 4th will also feature the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note III, rumoured to come with 3GB RAM, a 2GHz quad-core processor and a camera which can capture video at 4K resolution.

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