Samsung unveiled the newest members of its Galaxy device family at a trade show in Berlin Wednesday, including a smartwatch dubbed the Galaxy Gear, the latest in wearable technology.
The Galaxy Gear will arrive in stores in October with a price tag of $299. It will feature a 1.6 inch screen and a 1.9 megapixel camera. The Gear is designed to cut through the flux of smartphone tasks.
Users will be able to make calls, send emails, and control music and keep track of personal fitness with a pedometer functions from the Gear without touching their phone or tablet. The device will run around 70 apps upon launch, including Snapchat, Evernote, and Pinterest.
Samsung also unveiled new canons in its line of Note devices. The Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and Note 10.1 tablet. The Note 3 bears a 5.7 inch screen, up from 5.5 inches on the previous model, a thinner and lighter frame, and a 13 megapixel camera. Both Notes will have beefed up multitasking functions that allow users to run the same app in two windows.
Users will need a Galaxy Note 3 in order to operate the Galaxy Gear upon launch. Samsung has plans to integrate its other devices, such as the Galaxy S4 and the Note II, down the road.
The Galaxy Gear is the latest entry into the newly budding wearable technology market. Earlier this year, Google debuted the Glass, a headset that has the capability to take photos, make calls, provide directions and search the web. There has been much speculation over whether Apple will unveil its own smartwatch at its Sept. 10 media event, where it is expected to announce two new iPhones.
Samsung is the largest vendor of Android devices, shipping 73.3 million units in 2013's second quarter, according to the International Data Corporation. Samsung has been in a battle with Apple for dominance over the mobile technology marketplace.
The addition of the Galaxy S4, as well as lower prices for the Note II and SIII earlier this year helped Samsung outsell Apple domestically for the first time since the introduction of the iPhone 5 in September 2012, making the South Korean company the largest device vendor in the U.S.