Samsung unveils first smartwatch

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Korean giant Samsung has unveiled its first ever smartwatch at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin, Germany on 4th September, according to various media sources.

Dubbed as the Galaxy Gear, the digital watch can use software applications and can interact with other Samsung smartphones. It is powered by an 800 MHz processor and comes equipped with a 1.63-inch AMOLED display with a 320X320 resolution.

“Galaxy Gear isn’t just a cool device that complements the Note 3 (smartphone) — I believe it will become a new fashion icon around the world,” said J.K. Shin, Head of mobile communications business at Samsung.

Other features include four gigabytes of internal storage, a 1.9-megapixel camera, a wrist strap with built-in speaker, and a microphone for telephone calls over a smartphone Bluetooth connection.

With its microphone and Samsung’s very own S Voice virtual assistant, people can also set alarms, dictate text messages and generate calendar entries. Apart from serving as a hands-free phone, the smartwatch is also fitted with a safety feature that transmits the user’s whereabouts to a trusted person in the contact list. It also automatically unlocks the security feature of its partner smartphone when it is in close proximity.

However, the Galaxy Gear is not compatible with other Android phones even though future software updates will enable it to syncronise with Samsung’s Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note II.

The smartwatch is expected to hit the market on 25 September 2013 with a price tag of US$299, making it costlier than most existing on-contract phones in the US.

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