Samsung Unveils New Galaxy Gear Smartwatch


Stacy-Ann Ellis / September 4, 2013

This fall, Samsung has some goodies on the way for tech lovers. At today’s (Wednesday) IFA consumer tech conference in Berlin, Samsung co-CEO J.K. Shin revealed his newest smart product: the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

The Gear, which will run for $299 a piece, isn’t a standalone phone (although a Bluetooth connection will allow you to make calls). When linked with Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets, the watch lets users know when they’re receiving calls, text messages or e-mails. It’s also equipped with a 1.9-megapixel camera, a speaker and two microphones. The Gear will be compatible with the new Galaxy Note 3 (which Shin also announced at the conference alongside the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet) and the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition.

For those wondering about the watch’s fashionable aspects, straps are available in colors ranging from black to “oatmeal beige” to “wild orange.” The Gear will begin shipping to 140 countries on Sept. 25, except for the U.S. and Japan, who won’t get it until October. See the watch for yourself above.