Samsung Electronics, the world’s leading manufacturer of mobile handsets has unveiled its latest innovation in wearable technology, the Galaxy Gear, a voice-controlled, wrist-mounted device that connects to Samsung smartphones. The novel, highly-anticipated device, which can make phone calls, take pictures as well as record videos and conversations, was unveiled at the company’s Galaxy Unpacked event in Berlin, recently.
Pre-loaded with over 60 Android apps, the surprisingly sleek, wrist-mounted device has a solid touchscreen and can sync with smartphones to display text messages and e-mails and also access the internet. It features a 1.9 megapixel camera and built-in speakers that allow users to make hands-free calls. In addition, the device boasts a battery life of 25 hours on just a single charge.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy Gear will work as an accessory to its market-leading Galaxy smartphones. The device will be available in six colours – Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos on Tuesday, Director of Hand Held Products, Samsung Electronics West Africa, Mr. Emmanouil Revmatas, described the Galaxy Gear as a product that bridges the gap between mobile devices and the fashion world, towards creating truly wearable technology.
“The Samsung Galaxy Gear is redefining convergence and smart living as we know it. By integrating smart device technology even deeper into consumers’ everyday lives, it frees users from the need to constantly check their devices while maintaining connections. It provides what we call ‘smart freedom,’ by allowing users to choose how, why, when and where they are connected,” he said.
Samsung also unveiled two new products from its Galaxy Note category, the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, at the event. The Galaxy Note 3 is Samsung’s thinnest and lightest ‘phablet’ yet. It features a screen larger than that of its predecessor, the Galaxy Note II, while maintaining the same width as the previous Galaxy Note version. The device also features an improved S Pen and enhanced multitasking features.
According to Revmatas, the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet will be the first smart devices to work with the Galaxy Gear. He added that software upgrades that make the Galaxy Gear compatible with the Galaxy S4 and other Galaxy smartphones will be available from October this year.
The Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 3 have already gone up for preorder on various online stores in Nigeria, ahead of their October release date. Consumers who take advantage of the preorder opportunity stand the chance of winning tickets to the official Nigeria launch of the devices. Those who pre-order both the Galaxy Gear and the Galaxy Note 3 as a unit will get a free Samsung S View cover and special discounts on their purchase. There will also be a special warranty cover which will be announced at the launch of the device.