A Samsung executive has confirmed that the Galaxy Note 3 phablet and Galaxy Gear smartwatch will headline its Unpacked 2013 event in Berlin next Wednesday, September 4.
In an interview with The Korea Times, Samsung Mobile executive VP Lee Young-hee said the Galaxy Gear would add “meaningful momentum” to the company's Galaxy range of devices.
What it won't have, however, is a flexible display, a feature some were hoping Samsung's debut wearable tech gadget would have on board (although less so of late).
But while detractors have dismissed the emerging smartwatch sector as little more than smartphone accessories, Lee says Samsung is taking the concept seriously, and is targetting the Galaxy Gear at young trend-setters even if there's no headline-grabbing flexible display.
“The Gear won’t have a flexible display,” she confirmed. “The new device will enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways. It will lead a new trend in smart mobile communications.
“We are confident that the Gear will add meaningful momentum to the mobile industry.”
So when will we see Samsung's first flexible screened device? That's the question we all want the answer to, and predictably Lee wasn't giving anything away.
“We have intellectual properties for patents related to the next wearable devices. Those are concepts for future products,” she said.
As for what the Galaxy Gear will have on board, based on earlier leaks we're expecting a 2.5in rectangular display, a dual-core processor and Android 4.1 or 4.2 Jelly Bean.
It'll be marketed primarily as a companion device for a Galaxy smartphone or tablet, with communication happening via Bluetooth and NFC.
Features such as a speaker, camera, power button and USB port will be integrated into the watch strap and body itself, but full access to Android Play and direct typing on the Gear's own display are unlikely.
As for the Galaxy Note 3, we're looking at a 5.68in full HD display, quad-core or octo-core processor, 13MP camera, 3GB of RAM and a 3,200mAh battery.
“Samsung opened a new smart mobile device category back in 2011 with the introduction of the first Galaxy Note,” Lee said of the unexpectedly successful Note range. “Since then, smartphones with large screens have been a mainstream trend. As the creator of this category, we will introduce our customers to enhanced key features on our Galaxy Note devices.”
Does she say anything about what these features actually are? Course not. But the latest whispers from Korea suggest 4K video recording could be among them. Mmmm, nice.