Samsung confirms smartwatch, dubbed Galaxy Gear wearable computer

Aug. 27, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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SEOUL, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- South Korea's Samsung Electronics has confirmed it will offer a smartwatch wearable computer to consumers, but hasn't committed to a release date.

Samsung will announce the Galaxy Gear smartwatch Sept. 4 in Berlin ahead of the IFA trade show, an executive told The Korea Times Tuesday.

"We will be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear at our own event," Lee Young-Hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business, told the newspaper. "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."

Samsung was first rumored to be building a wearable computer in April, and Lee's remarks suggest the Galaxy Gear watch will likely beat Apple's rumored iWatch to the market.

The Gear watch is expected to communicate with smartphones using Bluetooth and offer call-answering, email-scanning and text message-previewing capabilities among other functions, Information Week reported.

When they arrive, the Gear watch and the iWatch will have to fight for market share with two devices already available, Sony's SmartWatch and the Pebble smartwatch.

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