Samsung To Announce Galaxy Note III & New ‘GEAR’ Smartwatch On September 4 [Rumor]


Now that the Galaxy S4 is here — in a number (too many) of different forms — we’re all wondering when Samsung’s going to unveil its other big seller, the next-generation Galaxy Note III. We know it will come sometime later this year, but when?

According to one Korean news outlet, citing “industry sources,” we’ll see it on September 4 — two days before the start of IFA 2013 in Berlin — and it will be accompany by “GEAR,” Samsung’s first Android-powered smartwatch.

The original Galaxy Note was announced at IFA 2011, and the Galaxy Note II was unveiled at IFA 2012. So it doesn’t take a genius to work out that the Galaxy Note II will launch around IFA 2013. But rumor has it the announcement won’t actually come during the event, but just before it.

That’s no surprise — Samsung, like many other big names, has begun to hold separate events for big product announcements rather than unveiling them during large trade shows, where there will be countless announcements from other companies on the same day.

So a possible presser two days before the expo kicks off seems likely. Don’t take this as confirmation until Samsung actually starts sending out invites, though.

The Galaxy Note III is expected to feature a larger 5.7-inch 1080p AMOLED display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, a 13-megapixel camera, and up to 3GB of RAM. And it won’t be coming alone, according to Asia Economy News.

It will reportedly be accompany by GEAR, Samsung’s new Android-powered smartwatch that hopes to compete with the Pebble, the Sony SmartWatch 2, and future offerings from the likes of Apple, Google, Microsoft, and even LG.

We don’t know much about the GEAR at this point, but the device is expected to connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and allow you to view notifications, control media playback, and answer calls from your wrist.