Samsung Smartwatch in Pictures

Samsung unveiled its highly anticipated digital wristwatch Wednesday, beating Apple to what could become this year's must-have holiday gift item. The Gear uses Google's Android operating system, just like many of the phones and tablets made by Samsung.

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Samsung unveiled its highly anticipated digital wristwatch Wednesday, beating Apple to what could become this year's must-have holiday gift item. Click through to see the watch.
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while the phone can be used to make and receive calls, this works only through the built-in speaker and microphone. The Gear cannot be connected to a headset.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"With Gear you're able to make calls and receive calls, without ever taking your phone out of your pocket,'' Pranav Mistry, a member of Samsung's design team, told reporters at the launch in Berlin ahead of the annual IFA consumer electronics show there.
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The Gear uses Google's Android operating system, just like many of the phones and tablets made by Samsung. The South Korean electronics company said the Gear can act as an extension to a smartphone by discreetly alerting users to incoming messages and calls on its display screen, which measures 1.63 inches diagonally.
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The strap, which comes in six different colors, holds a basic camera that can be used to shoot photos and video. The Gear works with popular social media and fitness apps such as Twitter and RunKeeper. Here, JK Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications, presents the Samsung Galaxy.
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The Gear will be compatible initially with two Samsung products also unveiled Wednesday -- the Galaxy Note III, which is a smartphone with a giant 5.7-inch screen and a digital pen, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1, a tablet computer with a 10.1-inch screen comparable to Apple's full-sized iPad.
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Samsung promised to update other Galaxy phones and tablets to work with the Gear in future.
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The Gear goes on sale in the United States and Japan next month. The rest of the world will get their hands on it sooner, on Sept. 25, with prices starting at $299. That is about twice the price of currently available devices such as the Sony SmartWatch and the Pebble, which was funded through more than $10 million pledged by individuals on fundraising website Kickstarter.
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The South Korean electronics company said the Gear can act as an extension to a smartphone by discreetly alerting users to incoming messages and calls on its display screen, which measures 1.63 inches diagonally.
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