Samsung to show Galaxy Gear smartwatch next week

Samsung Galaxy Gear concept

After a season of speculation, Samsung has finally spoken up to The Korea Times about its Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The Korean company confirmed longstanding rumors that its foray into wearable technology will, in fact, make a public appearance on September 4 in Berlin, Germany.

Samsung’s Executive Vice President of Mobile Business, Lee Young-hee, confirmed the event’s date — which is slated two days before the Berlin IFA show. Given the Galaxy Gear moniker, it’s likely the smartwatch will be powered by Android. Young-hee also shed some light on the technological aspects of the device, particularly that it won’t have a flexible display. While she declined to go into more detail, the watch will probably not stray too far from the patent Samsung filed earlier this month.

The smartwatch space has been bursting at the seams this year, with both big companies and independent hardware manufacturers alike getting in on the action. Their popularity is also expected to increase by an order of magnitude, jumping from 500,000 shipments to 5 million by 2014, according to research firm Canalys.

The Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be sharing the stage, as Young-hee confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is also scheduled to debut to the public at the same event.

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