Samsung to unveil Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Next Week

Samsung has confirmed it will unveil its first smartwatch next week.

Samsung’s Executive Vice President of Mobile Lee Young-hee broke the news to The Korea Times, revealing the ‘Galaxy Gear’ will be announced officially in Berlin on 4 September, two days before the opening of the IFA consumer tech trade show.

The Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be powered by Android, will not have a flexible display, and has been designed to “enhance and “enrich” the users smartphone experience according to Lee. This falls in line with previous reports that the device would act more as an accessory to a user’s principal android device, requiring a pairing in make full use of the device.

“It will lead a new trend in smart mobile communications. We are confident that the Gear will add meaningful momentum to the mobile industry,” said Lee. She also stated the new device will be targeted at young trendsetters.

Little else regarding the details of the smartwatch was divulged, but GigaOM previously reported the device will come equipped with a 2.5-inch display at a 320 x 320 resolution, a dual core processor, and will pair up to devices using Bluetooth 4.0. It has also been speculated the Gear will exclusively work with Samsung devices, requiring an app downloaded through the Samsung dedicated app marketplace in order to function with a smartphone.

This Gear will be one of at least two new Galaxy devices to be debut at IFA. Samsung has already confirmed the Galaxy Note 3, the company’s newest phablet device, will also be revealed at the event. Recent rumours suggest the Note 3 device will have a 5.7-inch display, and the ability to shoot 4K video.



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