Samsung launches Galaxy Gear smartwatch at IFA Berlin

Samsung launches its Galaxy Gear smartwatch at IFA Berlin - read on for the full story...

After weeks of smoke-and-mirrors rumours Samsung has finally launched its eagerly awaited smart watches - a device worn on your wrist which can make calls, receive emails and even take photographs.

The Galaxy Gear was branded a "fashion icon" as it was unveiled during a Samsung press conference at the IFA tech show in Berlin.

Galaxy Gear And Note 3

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The watch means you no longer have to dig out your phone to check messages and make calls. It notifies its wearers when they receive a message or call on their smartphone via its speakers and 1.6inch screen.

So if you're in a meeting and someone messages, you'll be able to see a quick preview of it on the watch's display - all without having to get up and shuffle out of the room all red-faced and apologetic.

If the preview tells you the message is really important, you can check it out in full on your tablet or phone thanks to smart relay technology.

The inclusion of microphones means you can also make hands-free calls directly through the watch, great for those days when you're feeling a little James Bond or when your hands are simply full with shopping bags and you can't dig out your phone.

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The Galaxy S Voice feature also allows you to draft messages and add items to your calendar by talking into the watch.  

JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics, said: "Samsung Galaxy Gear frees users from the need to constantly check their smart devices while maintaining connections. It provides what we call 'smart freedom' by allowing users to choose how, why, when and where they are connected."

Samsung's new smartwatch is part of a new generation of wearable tech. Apple, Microsoft and Google are expected to launch similar devices soon, with tech consultancy Canalys suggesting as many as five million smartwatches could be sold in 2014.

Pranav Mistry, head of Think Tank Team at Samsung Research America, showed off Galaxy Gear and said with it the firm has "created something incredible".

He added: "You don't need to get your phone out anymore. Gear takes the entirety of your digital world and places it right where you can see."

The smartwatch is designed to be used in unison with the newly announced Note 3 smartphone/phablet and Note 10.1 2014 edition tablet, however it'll be able to work with other Samsung smartphones and tablet models by October.

The Galaxy Gear will be available in more than 140 countries with the Galaxy Note 3 from September 25.

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