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Samsung, LG unveil smartwatches as Apple waits until next month

LG and Samsung unveil new smartwatches that include enhanced features and a more fashionable look - while Apple waits until next month, at the earliest
By: Michael Hatamoto | Wearable Computing News | Posted: Aug 28, 2014 6:30 pm

Korean tech companies Samsung and LG Electronics have unveiled new smartwatches, as Apple continues to wait until an expected event next month. Companies in the smartwatch market are interested in creating fashionable watches that still have excellent connectivity and features to draw consumers in.




The LG G Watch R has a traditional watch design and the Samsung Gear S uses a curved screen. The G Watch R includes a heart rate monitor, with the watch itself using a 1.2GHz Snapdragon CPU, 4GB of storage and 512MB RAM. LG plans to release it in time for Christmas, but pricing details weren't made available.


Meanwhile, the Gear S from Samsung has a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display, built-in GPS, 3G cellular radio, running the Tizen operating system. It's the sixth smartwatch Samsung has released in 2014 so far, indicating the company plans to remain a major force in the growing smartwatch market.


Smartwatches are expected to give the wearable market a huge boost over the next few years, especially as consumers become comfortable pairing their watches to smartphones.


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