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Samsung unveils latest in wearable tech

There are more ways to imagine what wearable gadgets might do for us in the future.
The Straits Times - September 6, 2013
By: Sherwin Lo
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Samsung unveils latest in wearable tech Users can use the Galaxy Gear smartwatch to snap photos from their wrists, run select apps, receive SMS, and make and receive calls.

SAMSUNG launched its Galaxy Gear smartwatch yesterday, the first smartwatch which lets users snap photos from their wrists and immediately send the images to their phones. Users can also use the watch to run select Android apps, receive SMS notifications, as well as make and receive calls via its built-in speaker.

The South Korean firm is looking to tap into the growing wearable tech business, which includes fitness trackers. It also launched the third version of its Samsung Note phone, a day before the opening of the annual IFA tech show in Berlin this week.

Global smartphone sales are expected to top one billion this year, driven by low-cost handsets and gains in emerging markets, said research firm IDC. It sees the smartphone market growing 40 per cent this year, and likely growing to 1.7 billion annually by 2017. For mature markets, firms are looking to new fangled devices for new sources for growth.

The Galaxy Gear smartwatch will work only with the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 smartphone for now. Both are expected to go on sale globally from Sept 25.

The Note 3 smartphone is the latest in Samsung's lines of phablet devices, otherwise known as phone and tablet hybrids.

The 5.7inch device has a 13-megapixel camera and boasts many new multi-tasking features, like the ability to drag and drop photos from the phone's gallery into another app.

Pricing and availability for both devices in Singapore have not been announced, but all three telcos are taking pre-orders for the Note 3 from tomorrow. Those who make the pre-order will get $100 off the Galaxy Gear's price.

Sony also announced several new devices prior to IFA, including its 20.7-megapixel Xperia Z1 smartphone, and two Cyber-shot QX lens attachments that turn regular smartphones into high resolution cameras.

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