The Galaxy Gear smartwatch by Samsung will be launched on 4 September along with the Galaxy Note III, according to a new report in The Korea Times.
The report has an exclusive interview with Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business who confirmed the launch of the device on 4 September and said that the smartwatch, named Galaxy Gear, will use a “non-flexible display.”
“We will be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear at our own event in Berlin on Sept 4,” Lee is quoted as saying.
Previously Samsung's US trademark applications for the device were leaked by Dutch website GalaxyClub.
According to the patent document, the description for the device states, Wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle capable of providing access to the Internet and for sending and receiving phone calls, electronic mails and messages. You can view the patent here.
The patent also adds that device will allow users to "keeping track of or managing personal information."
Samsung applied for the "Samsung Gear" trademark in South Korea in June of 2013.
The Galaxy Gear smartwatch is likely to run on Android and will probably be a complementary device to Samsung's Galaxy smartphone range.
As far as the Galaxy Note III rumour mills are concerned the decide will reportedly come with an Octa-core Exynos 5420 (eight-core processor)/Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB RAM, 1080p display for a 5.7 or 6-inch screen, a 13-megapixel camera possibly with optical image stabilization, LTE-A (LTE-Advanced), and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The smartphone could also come with better controls for the Stylus pen. More on that here.
For now it seems that Samsung will indeed beat its arch-rival Apple in launching a smartwatch first.