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The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is something out of sci-fi

The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch was finally unveiled at IFA 2013, Europe’s biggest tech show that was held in Berlin, Germany. Samsung beat Apple, Microsoft and Google in the race to release this first bread of wearable smartwatches. If you don’t mind a watch described as something straight out of sci-fi clamouring for a spot on your arms, then consider the Galaxy Gear!

Galaxy Gear features

The Galaxy Gear smartwatch by Sumsang was also described as a "fashion icon" by its manufacturer during its presentation in Berlin. The watch features michrophones and speakers that enable users to speak into and hear from it in the same way you would with a traditional handset.

Not only that, the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch can keep time as good as any top tier device in the market, take pictures, record video, playback music, issue new notification alerts and respond to hand gestures thanks to an internal gyroscope.

Pranav Mistry, head of Think Tank Team at Samsung Research America, while demonstrating the device said:

"This is an exciting time for all of us at Samsung."

"We have created something incredible. 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."

Design

Mr Mistry added that the design of the Gear was inspired by traditional wristwatches with a special focus on a simple face.

"It [the Gear] is stainless steel but light in weight," he said.

"The strap is packed with technology of the next decade."

The watch comes in six colours and has been designed to remain comfortable to wear all day.

Drawback

A notsble drawback for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch beside its expected price tag of £190 is the fact that it is not a completely autonomous media device. Chris Green, principal technology analyst at the consultancy Davies Murphy Group observes:

"Consumers might be a bit disappointed to find that the smartwatch is a partner device reliant on being paired with a Samsung Android smartphone or tablet, rather than being the completely autonomous media and communications device many consumers were expecting and hoping for."

Samsung's other announcement in Berlin was the Galaxy Note 3, which is one of the few Galaxy devices the smartwatch is compatible with. The Galaxy smartwatch will be available at all leading phone retailers.

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