Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch

Samsung has announced its rumoured Galaxy Gear smartwatch at IFA so here are all the details on its release date, price and specifications. Update on 17/09/13.

See also: Samsung Galaxy Gear hands-on review.

The Galaxy Gear is Samsung's stab at a smartwatch and also a crack at taking on Google Glass. The device is supposedly an 'iconic fashion accessory', a 'single premium accessory' and a 'perfect companion device'.

See also: Apple iWatch, Samsung Galaxy Smart Watch, Google Nexus Smart Watch rumour round-up.

"Samsung's ongoing smart device innovation leadership reflects our commitment to listen to our consumers who want their daily lives to be easier and more enjoyable. 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," said JK Shin, CEO and president of Samsung Mobile.

"Samsung Galaxy Gear frees users from the need to constantly check their smart devices while maintaining connections. It provides what we call ‘smart freedom’ by allowing users to choose how, why, when and where they are connected" he added.

Samsung Galaxy Gear: Release date

Matching the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung has said the Galaxy Gear will be released in more than 140 countries around the world on 25 September.

Samsung Galaxy Gear: Price

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Gear will cost $299 in the US but UK pricing is yet to be announced. We expect it to cost more than Sony's SmartWatch 2 which has a price tag of £149.

Update: Samsung has confirmed that the UK price for the Galaxy Gear is the same in sterling as it is in dollars - a hefty £299.

Phones 4U is offering £99 off the Galaxy Gear if you pre-order a Galaxy Note 3 so the gadget is likely to have a hefty price tag.

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch colours

Samsung Galaxy Gear: Specs

Colours: Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green

Processor: 800 MHz

Storage: 4 GB

Memory: 512 MB

Display: 1.63 in Super AMOLED (320 x 320)

Camera: 1.9 Mp BSI, auto focus

Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE)

Dimensions: 36.8 x 56.6 x 11.1 mm, 73.8g

Battery: 315 mAh Li-ion

Apps:

Atooma is a contextually aware horizontal intelligence platform that makes your Galaxy Gear smarter.

Banjo gives you the power to see what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world.

Evernote watch app makes it easy to remember things by quickly capturing images and memories and bringing important reminders right to Galaxy Gear.

Glympse allows people to easily share their location temporarily and in real-time, letting recipients see their movements on a dynamic map.

eBay app allows you to complete all your transactions on eBay with ease and in real-time.

Line is a global messaging service available in over 230 countries worldwide.

MyFitnessPal tracks your nutrition and exercise, empowering you to achieve your personal health and fitness goals.

Path is the personal network designed to bring you closer to your friends and family.

Pocket, the leading way to save web content to view later on any device, brings text-to-speech article playback to Galaxy Gear.

RunKeeper is the personal trainer in your pocket, helping you track your runs, set your goals, and stay motivated.

TripIt from Concur makes it easy to organise travel plans in one place.

Vivino Wine Scanner allows you to take a photo of any wine and get to know all about it instantly.

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