Samsung unveils Galaxy Gear and two Note devices


Trio of products, which include the Galaxy Note 3 and updated version of the Galaxy Note 10.1, launched prior to IFA in Berlin

Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, as well as two further additions to its Note product portfolio.

All three products were launched at the manufacturer’s ‘Unpacked’ event in Berlin last night, prior to the start of IFA today.

Galaxy Gear

The Galaxy Gear is a wearable device that notifies users of incoming calls, texts, emails and alerts, delivering a preview of those messages and creating the opportunity to accept or discretely ignore them.

When users need to do more than just glance at a message, they can use the Smart Relay feature to reveal the full content on the compatible smartphone screen.

Hand free calls can be made from the Galaxy Gear using the built-in speaker, with users able to draft messages, create new calendar entries, set alarms and check the weather using Samsung voice recognition service, S Voice.

There is also a 1.9-megapixel camera on the device for capturing pictures and videos, with Voice Memo recording voice from the user’s wrist, that can be converted into texts on their Samsung Galaxy devices.

Auto Lock automatically secures the companion smartphone screen any time the Galaxy Gear is more than 1.5 metres away from the smartphone, and then unlocks the smartphone when the companion devices are near each other again.

Find My Device helps users find their smartphone by making them beep, vibrate or illuminate, while the Galaxy Gear can also work like a pedometer in tracking physical activity via built-in sensor technology.

It can be used as a wristwatch and will come pre-loaded with 10 different clock options, with more becoming available to download via Samsung Apps.

The Galaxy Gear will be available in black, grey, orange, beige, gold and green, and will go on sale in more than 140 countries from September 25.

Samsung IT and mobile division CEO and president JK Shin said: “Samsung Galaxy Gear benefits consumers by integrating smart device technology even deeper into their everyday lives, and bridges the gap between the mobile device and fashion worlds to create truly wearable technology.”

Galaxy Note 3

Samsung has also unveiled two further additions to its Galaxy Note device range.

The Galaxy Note 3 can be powered by either an LTE 2.3GHz quad-core processor or 3G 1.9GHz octa core processor, running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

It has a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED screen, is 8.3mm thick and weighs 168g, coming with a soft back cover.

It has a 13 megapixel rear camera, two megapixel front camera, HD video recording and 32 or 64GB of internal memory that can be expanded by 64GB with a microSD card.

Samsung’s S Pen also comes with the Note 3, with users able to click the pen button while hovering over the screen to gain access to a number of features.

Action Memo enables them to handwrite a note and automatically execute a function or convert that information into formatted content. It can initiate a call, add to contacts, look up an address on a map, search the web and save a task.

Scrapbook lets users organise or find content from various sources including the web, YouTube and Gallery in one place. When this is saved, source material or URLs are collected to refer back to the original source.

Screen Write captures a full screen image of the current page and enables the user to write additional comments on that image. S Finder searches for content on the device regardless of type, while Pen Window allows the users to use the S Pen to open an application window, by drawing a window of any size on the screen.

Group Play enables users to play the same music, games and to share documents, also enabling them to share video and play content with others simultaneously. Up to five devices can be connected alongside each other.

The Galaxy Note 3 will come in black, silver and pink and like the Galaxy Gear, will launch in more than 140 countries from September 25.

Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition

The Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition is powered by a 1.9GHz octa core processor (for £G/Wi-Fi only version)and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

It has a 10-inch screen and 2,560×1,600 pixel resolution – four times the pixel density of the original Galaxy Note 10.1. It has a eight megapixel rear camera, two megapixel rear camera and is capable of HD video recording. It will come with internal memory of wither 16, 32 or 64GB that can be expanded by 64GB with a microSD card.

Like the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with Samsung’s S Pen, as well as the Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write and S Finder features. Multi Window function enables users to run separate instances of the same application, and use the S Pen to drag content from one window to another.

It will be available in three connectivity options: Wi-Fi only, Wi-Fi and 3G, and Wi-Fi and LTE, coming in black and white. It will be available globally later this month.