Samsung on Wednesday rolled out its latest larger smartphone and smartwatch in Korea and 57 other countries. The Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear are being sold here through all three mobile providers -- SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus.
Samsung plans to sell the new devices to altogether 140 countries by next month.
The Galaxy Note 3 was unveiled at Berlin's IFA tech show early this month and has a 5.7-inch screen and comes with a stylus. With the James Bond-style smartwatch, users can make and receive phone calls, check messages and take photos. The device is at present only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 as a sort of added gimmick, but Samsung says it will soon also be compatible with other phones in its lineup.
The Galaxy Note 3 costs W1.067 million (US$1=W1,078), here and the Galaxy Gear W396,000.
Next month, Samsung plans to unveil a smartphone with a curved screen, as a step on the way to a bendy smartphone.
Lee Don-joo, head of sales at Samsung's mobile division, told reporters Samsung would "spearhead innovation" with the product but declined to give details. Industry watchers expect the body and plastic OLED screen simply to be curved rather than flexible.
Rival LG Electronics, meanwhile, announced it is developing a plastic OLED-screen phone ready for release in the fourth quarter.
Park Sang-jin, president of battery maker Samsung SDI, said it is possible to produce a curved battery but admitted the smartphone will not be "completely" flexible.