Samsung Electronics unveiled the world's first smartwatch dubbed Galaxy Gear in Berlin on Wednesday. Reminiscent of a gadget in a James Bond film, the clunky accessory is in effect a wrist-mounted telephone.
It was unveiled at an event two days before the opening of the IFA Berlin, the world's leading consumer electronics trade show. The event drew around 2,500 reporters from 70 countries and was simultaneously broadcast via satellite in New York's Times Square.
The Galaxy Gear can be used in conjunction with the new Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, which was also unveiled at the event, the company said.
Samsung plans to start selling the smartwatch in 149 countries from Sept. 25.
The headstart over a similar device mooted by Apple may help the Korean giant beat its image of constantly running after its rivals in innovation.
The Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, meanwhile, is touted as being more user-friendly than its predecessor. It has been mocked up to look like a leather notebook. Although the outer casing is made of plastic, the surface is treated to look and feel like leather and the edges are finished to look like stitching.
New features include the "air commander" function. Placing the stylus near the monitor and pressing a button causes five main functions to appear in the form of a fan.
Another is the "pen window," which causes a small window to appear on the screen by drawing a box using the stylus, making it possible to perform two jobs at the same time.
Samsung also unveiled its latest tablet PC Galaxy Note 10.1 at the event.