The era of smartwatches has arrived.
Samsung rolled out its Galaxy Gear smartwatch on Wednesday at an event in Berlin. The company also introduced its new Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and the 2014 edition of its tablet the Galaxy Note 10.1.
“With Gear, we are changing everything,” Pranav Mistry, Samsung’s director of research, said at the event.
Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch can make and receive calls, take pictures, run its own apps and has a voice control function that allows users to perform tasks by speaking to the device.
To navigate the device, a user can swipe the screen from side to side and from top to bottom. The smartwatch is seamlessly connected to a Galaxy user’s smartphone and shows a user’s updates, like email or texts, on the device screen. It also has built-in sensors that can track a user’s physical activity.
“With Gear we have opened new chapters…With gear we have reinvented century old products,” Mistry said. “Welcome to the future.”
Galaxy Gear will launch with the Galaxy Note 3 in more than 140 countries starting on Sept. 25. It will be available in six different colors and will have 10 different pre-loaded clock options for users to choose from.
Samsung’s smartwatch is expected to be first in a series of Galaxy Gear products that the company will introduce.
But Samsung isn’t the only one getting into the smartwatch game.
Qualcomm also revealed its own smartwatch, called the Toq, on Wednesday. Like the Galaxy Gear device, the Toq syncs with a user’s smartphone to display alerts. For now it only works with Android devices, but Qualcomm may extend the connectivity to work with Apple’s iOS as well. The Toq is priced at $300 and is available for pre-order immediately, but is scheduled to hit the market Oct. 10.
Apple is also rumored to be working on a smartwatch, dubbed the iWatch. Google and Microsoft are also thought to be working on similar devices.
Some of the key new features of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 is a S-Pen, which helps unlock the functions of the device; Samsung’s Knox security system, which helps protect the device from mobile malware; and a new multi-window feature, which enables users to multi-task easier.
The smartphone also features a 5.7-inch display screen, 13 megapixel rear camera, longer battery life, faster LTE and it is available in 10 different colors.
Samsung’s new high-resolution tablet, an updated Galaxy Note 10.1, is a 10-inch tablet that also syncs with the Gear smartwatch.
The Korean company showed off its latest lineup of products ahead of the major technology trade show IFA. Leaks of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 as well as its smartwatch have been popping up in a recent weeks on a number of tech websites.