The heat is on as Samsung tries to steal spotlight from Apple by planning to launch its own version of iWatch-like smartwatch. This wearable computer, dubbed as Samsung Galaxy Gear, is expected to be unveiled together with Galaxy Note III on September 4, 2013 at Berlin Road Show.
The buzz began when Samsung announced last March that it was developing a watch device. Then, recently, news firm BBC reported a patent and trademark filing that reveals Samsung has registered the names Samsung Gear in South Korea and Samsung Galaxy Gear in the US.
Samsung Galaxy Gear is said to be a partner device for Galaxy series of smartphones. But it is rumored to have an additional feature where it can function independently - access the internet, send messages and make calls. The company has not released details of the product except for some drawings taken from patent files. The sketch shows a flexible screen, power and control buttons seen in Galaxy phones.
If all the rumors are true, it’s certainly an interesting year end face-off between two tech giants with their array of products: Samsung with Note III and Galaxy Gear; Apple with iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad 5, and iPad Mini. .
Some analysts, however, have raised doubts as to whether the smartwatch device will be available this soon. Industry experts say it will take at least a couple of years to mass produce flexible screens. Another challenge is making the batteries. It would take three or four years to manufacture a battery that can be bent freely and then flattened out.
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