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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

September 5, 2013  |  10:20am
Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Samsung executives J.K. Shin, who is the co-CEO of the company, and Pranav Mistry, who heads the company’s think tank team, unveiled a new line of Smartwatches dubbed the “Galaxy Gear” at the IFA consumer tech conference in Berlin yesterday.

These smartwatches—which run on Google’s Android Operating System—include features such as hands-free calling (when linked to Samsung phone devices) and email dictation, CNN reports. In addition, users can set alarms and check the weather using only their voices. The smartwatch also has photo and video capability and comes with a pedometer as well as an option that makes the watch beep if a user has lost it.

Users will be able to download more than 70 apps when Samsung launches the Gear on Sept. 25. Available apps include eBay, Evernote and RunKeeper. The smartwatch will cost $299, and users will be able to connect to other Samsung devices using Bluetooth.

Though Samsung will begin shipping the Gear to 140 countries on Sept. 25, they will not start shipping to the U.S. and Japan until October. But notably, Samsung has beat Apple to the punch in the Smartwatch market. It was reported this year that the company had been developing a product with bendable glass for a similar product. LG was also rumored to be working on a smartwatch. A Kickstarter-funded Pebble smartwatch was unveiled at CES earlier this year.

During the conference, Shin showed off his own smartwatch to the audience as he discussed the Gear’s available features. The Gear comes with a 1.63” watch face and users can choose several different colors for the straps — including black, “oatmeal beige” and “wild orange.”

Learn more about the Gear’s features in a CNN Money video of the conference below.

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