One of the hottest rumours surrounding this year's IFA consumer technology event in Berlin has been confirmed: Samsung is planning to unveil its much-vaunted, super-sized smartwatch called Galaxy Gear.
(The images in this blog are conceptual images of what the Gear could look like, courtesy of Voucher Codes Pro)
The highly-anticipated product, which could set off a wave of
smart watches from Samsung rivals, will have a 'non-flexible'
display, Samsung's Lee Yong-hee confirmed in an interview with the
Yong-hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business, said the Galaxy Gear watch would lead a "new trend" in mobile communications and was targeted at young trend-setters.
"We will be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear at our own event in Berlin on Sept 4," she 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."
Other tech firms including Apple, Dell, Motorola, Microsoft, Sony and LG are all planning - or are already selling - smartwatches. Many think the smartwatch - durable, wearable - represents the future of the smart market.
Apart from the news that Samsung's new smartwatch will feature a non-flexible display, other details about the exciting new device are scant.
However, Yong-hee suggested the South Korean firm planned to introduce more advanced gadgets.
"We have intellectual properties for patents related to the next wearable devices," she told the paper. "Those are concepts for future products."
There's not a lot of confirmed information about what the Gear will actually do, but there are plenty of rumours doing the rounds. Here are the choice cuts:
The Galaxy Gear will feature a screen controlled by a small panel with keys - a bit like those on Samsung's Galaxy Android handset
Users of the smartwatch will be able to make and receive phone calls, send emails and texts, and store information
It could be released in four different colours - Sam Mobile reported that the watch will be available in white, orange, grey and black - with a limited edition colour option - white gold
It will run the Android OS (as you'd expect)
Samsung is also preparing to showcase its Galaxy Note 3 - a smartphone/tablet hybrid - to the world at IFA, the Korea Times said.
TechTalk will be at IFA in Berlin next week, bringing you all the latest as it happens. Stay tuned for updates, blogs and photo content.
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