SAMSUNG yesterday unveiled the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a smartphone nearby, as the South Korean electronics giant looks to gain a stronghold in the wearable market, which rival Apple is expected to enter in two weeks.
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"About 52 per cent of customers who bought a Samsung Galaxy S5 in
Samsung's new smartwatch, called the Gear S, differs from its predecessors with a larger two-inch curved display and has WiFi, navigation software and a built-in GPS.
Samsung said the Gear S would be in shops from October. It did not give details on pricing or where it will be available. Despite the S5's success, Samsung's push into wearables is seen as a response to slowing growth in its mobile division, leading to weaker-than-expected second quarter results. Apple sent out invitations last night for a launch event on 9 September, where it is expected to unveil new iPhones as well as its first foray into the wearables space.
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