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Samsung Galaxy Gear: A threat to the Sony SmartWatch’s crown?

The Samsung Galaxy Gear will compete against Sony and Pebble to become the king of smartwatches.

It wasn’t just the jaw dropping Note 3 that Samsung announced at IFA 2013, with the Galaxy Gear arguably grabbing all the headlines. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is in essence a smartwatch, but one that includes a wealth of features and tricks to really differentiate it from the likes of both Pebble and Sony’s offerings.

As with most smartwatches, the Galaxy Gear can be used to read notifications, alter music and video controls and also control incoming and outgoing phonecalls, but it also includes some notable extras. The 1.63″ Super AMOLED display has a 320 x 200 display resolution, but it also includes a single-core 800MHz Exynos processor to use and a 1.9-megapixel camera.

You’ll be putting that processor to good use, when you consider the Galaxy Gear comes with a range of compatible apps that can be installed via your Galaxy smartphone. Although many of the apps offer simple tasks, such as remotely tracking your phone, there’s also big name apps such as Path, Evernote and RunKeeper which will eat up the 4GB of on-board storage.

Connecting the Galaxy Gear to your smartphone is easy enough through Bluetooth, even though the 315 mAh battery life might mean you’ll need to charge it often.

The Galaxy Gear will be readily available in a variety of colours with a release set for the end of September. Although there’s no official word, many believe the Galaxy Gear will have a suggested retail price of £299.