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Samsung smartwatch unveiled in Germany

Updated: 2013-09-06 07:06
By Agencies in Berlin and San Diego, California ( China Daily)

South Korean electronics giant Samsung on Wednesday unveiled its hotly anticipated smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, which allows users to make calls, receive texts and e-mails and take photos.

JK Shin, head of Samsung's mobile division, predicted the Galaxy Gear - effectively a mobile you wear on your wrist - would become "a new fashion icon throughout the world" as he launched the device at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin.

So-called smartwatches have been around for several years. But so far, they have failed to attract much consumer interest. That may change with the Samsung Galaxy Gear, which gives the company a chance to pull off the same feat Apple did with the iPad - popularize a device that has lingered mostly unnoticed on store shelves.

Samsung smartwatch unveiled in Germany