CNET reported earlier today that Samsung's Galaxy Gear - the Smartwatch - will be unveiled on September 4, 2013.
In an interview published by the Korea Times on Tuesday, Samsung's executive vice president of mobile, Lee Young-hee said that the company plans to unveil its "Galaxy Gear", a smartwatch, on September 4, adding that it will be a "concept device." It remains to be seen whether the term "concept" will be used as a marketing ploy, or if Samsung will actually launch Galaxy Gear.
Speaking to the Korea Times, Lee indicated that Galaxy Gear will have a "non-flexible display," but did not provide additional details. Rumors of a smartwatch have been floating around for quite some time now, but Samsung did not confirm that until today. The company will hold a special press event on September 4 in Berlin, a few days before this year's IFA. One Samsung executive has stated that Apple's long-rumored iWatch might be beaten to the market by a Samsung alternative.
Lee added that, in addition to unveiling the Galaxy Gear, Samsung will show off its new Galaxy Note 3 at the IFA, but no details were provided.
An earlier report by CNN indicated that the blog site SamMobile had already mentioned about the launching of the Galaxy Gear and the Note 3 at Samsung's Unpacked Episode 2 event. With the model number SM-V700, the Galaxy Gear will is expected to be an accessory to Samsung's Galaxy phones, according to SamMobile. Additionally, earlier this month, a trademark filing confirmed Samsung's intention to work on smart wearable technology.
CNET adds that smartwatch shipments are expected to grow in leaps and bounds in the coming years. According to recent data from Juniper Research, app-enabled smartwatch shipments will turn out to be just over 1 million this year, with that figure expected to jump to 36 million by 2018.