Samsung to beat Apple to the finish line in smartwatch race

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KOREAN electronics giant Samsung will reveal its smartwatch concept next week, just days ahead of Apple’s rumoured 10 September iPhone event.

The Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be unveiled at a launch event in Berlin on 4 September, Lee Young Hee, vice president of Samsung mobile confirmed yesterday.

Hee told The Korea Times in an interview that the device would “enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience... It will lead a new trend in smart mobile communications”.

The only confirmed details for the long teased device are its “non-flexible display” and that the smartwatch will likely complement Samsung’s existing Galaxy smartphones, rather than replicating their functionality.

Apple’s event the following week is rumoured to include a refresh to its smartphone line up, with an updated iPhone 5S and low-cost iPhone model expected.

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