Samsung Announces the Galaxy Gear Smart Watch and Galaxy Note 3

Samsung announced its Galaxy Gear smart watch, two days before the official opening of the IFA Berlin trade show.

Samsung Electronics held Samsung Mobile Unpacked event ahead of IFA 2013 in Berlin Germany on the 4th the local time, unveiling GALAXY Note 3, and 2014 year type GALAXY Note 10.1, and highly anticipated GALAXY Gear which leads a new trend in the industry. Photo: SamsungTomorrow/ Flickr

Samsung Electronics introduced the Galaxy Gear, a perfect companion device that further integrates the Samsung Galaxy experience into everyday life.

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch works as an accessory to its market-leading Galaxy smartphone, with a small screen offering basic functions such as photos, hands-free calls and instant messaging.

“Samsung’s ongoing smart device innovation leadership reflects our commitment to listen to our consumers, who want their daily lives to be easier and more enjoyable.

“Samsung Galaxy Gear benefits consumers by integrating smart device technology even deeper into their everyday lives, and bridges the gap between the mobile device and fashion worlds to create truly wearable technology,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics.

However, the device’s specifications are somewhat less exciting than what was rumored: a 1.63-inch, 320 x 320 pixel Super AMOLED screen, a 1.9-megapixel camera (placed on the wristband), an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.

Core to the experience is the voice control, which will allow you to carry out all the usual functions like switching music on, making or receiving calls and sending messages, as well as operating apps.

Samsung, which is the world’s top handset maker, hopes the Galaxy Gear will boost the appeal of its range of Android-powered smartphones, as it battles to maintain supremacy against arch rival Apple Inc.

The Galaxy Gear will be available worldwide from September 25 in six colors: Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green priced at $299.

However, at launch it will only work with the Note 3 and Note 10.1, to be followed later in the year by the Galaxy S4 after it receives a software update to Android 4.3, says the Next Web.

In evolving the Note line, Samsung says it’s attempted to make the phone “slimmer, lighter, faster, larger and better.” In addition to a larger screen with a “warm, textured” design, the Note 3 includes a new security system called Knox, which lets sensitive apps and data run in a protected environment called the “container.”

The Super AMOLED screen is also a full HD (1080p) 5.7-inch, bigger than the Note 2’s 5.5-inch screen, but is still dwarfed by the Galaxy Mega, at 6.3 inches.  The processor is a hefty 2.3 GHz quad-core. The Note 3 will offer 3GB of RAM, which Samsung says will make for more efficient, lag-free multitasking, and a huge 3,200 mAh battery.

The phone itself is 8.3 mm thick and weighs 168 grams, a little over two Galaxy Gears.

As for the interface, Samsung has improved upon its S Pen design and how it operates with the note. The Note 3 is able to recognize specific gestures both when the pen is on its surface and when it’s hovering slightly above the surface. A quick tap opens up an array of options ready to go for the user.

The menu has several functions, including Scrapbook, which lets users save any content onscreen by marking it with a circle via the S Pen. S Finder lets users search for content on their device, taking written symbols into account, says Mashable.

Samsung said the devices will be available in 149 countries starting Sept. 25. They will be available worldwide by October.

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