Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

August 28, 2013
By Yun Ting

Apple’s long-rumored new product- iWatch has the possibility of being beaten to the market by a Samsung alternative, according to one Samsung executive. Speaking to the Korea Times in an interview published on Tuesday, Samsung’s executive vice president of mobile Lee Young-hee said that the company plans to unveil a smartwatch on September 4, to be known as “Galaxy Gear”. According to sources, this  product is still a concept and it is not clear whether  it will launch soon or if Samsung is using the “concept” as a marketing ploy. Speaking to Korea Times, Lee said that the Gear will have a “non-flexible display,” but declined to provide further details. Samsung has been rumored to be working on a smartwatch for quite some time. The company had not confirmed that until today. (August 27 2013) Samsung plans to hold a special press event on September 4 in Berlin, just a couple of days before this year’s IFA confab. In addition to unveiling the Galaxy Gear, Lee said that Samsung will be showing off the new Galaxy Note 3 at IFA. Lee again declined to provide details on that device. Smartwatch shipments are expected to grow rapidly in the coming years. According to recent data from Juniper Research, app-enabled smartwatch shipments will hit a little over 1 million this year. By 2018, however, that figure will jump to 36 million.


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