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Liveblog: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Gear smartwatch unpacked IFA 2013 event

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Liveblog: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Gear smartwatch unpacked IFA 2013 event
Samsung is getting ready for a massive second Unpacked event where it will lift the cover off some of the year’s most anticipated devices: the Galaxy Note III and its first smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear.

It’s been two years since Samsung unveiled its first large phone, the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, a device that was so successful it started a new category of devices some call phablets, a crossover device between a phone and a tablet. It featured a built-in S Pen that was refined later on, and now we’re about to see the third generation Samsung phablet - the Galaxy Note 3. The Note 3 is expected to grow an even larger screen without changing much in size, it should have a 5.7” 1080p display (first 1080p display in a Samsung phablet), and of course the S Pen.

That’s not all though. Samsung is widely expected to also unveil its first Android-based smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, a device rumored to have a humongous 3-inch design. Can Samsung really step up its game and be the first big phone maker to offer a breakthrough smartwatch? We should learn very soon at Samsung’s huge IFA event.

Samsung’s IFA 2013 Unpacked press conference will start at the following times:

10:00AM — Pacific (PT)
12:00PM — Central (CT)
01:00PM — Eastern (ET)
06:00PM — London
09:00PM — Moscow
02:00AM (September 5th) — Tokyo

Live event tracker

13:09
13:09It's back to work for us! Thanks for being with us throughout the keynote and... stay tuned!
13:08the Note 10.1 2014 edition is a Nexus 10-like tablet with great resolution.
13:08Galaxy Gear is Samsung's first smartwatch with a camera, it looks stylish
13:07Note III is no longer plastic, but with nice textured back. 5.7" 1080p, new S Pen
13:07Let's quickly recap - we have Galaxy Note III, Galaxy Gear and Note 10.1 2014 edition
13:07And it's a wrap, folks! We're rushing into the hands on area and will soon bring you all the goodies.
13:06Awesome display, 10.1-inch WQXGA display, 2560 x 1600 resolution, same as on Nexus 10
13:00
13:00"Extraordinary mobility"
13:00Spec time.
13:00The 10.1 has the elegance, back and stitching of the Note 3, similar design identity.
12:59
12:59
12:58We're still in the year 2013, Samsung, remember that?
12:58Time for the last device - the Note 10.1 2014 edition.
12:58It was not just a video - it was the premiere of Samsung's first Gear ad.
12:58
12:57We're watching a promo video of Note 3 + Gear
12:56
12:55Time for video and to digest all this.
12:55Coming in October to all US carriers.
12:55Lastly, the Note 3 is running a 2.3GHz quad-core chip for the LTE version"
12:543 gigs!
12:53A whopping 3GB of RAM. First, in a smartphone. Or phablet. Or tabphone. Or phonepad. Call it whatever you like.
12:53David Park announces 4K video recording and better flash.
12:53Back to the Note III!
12:52We can't wait for this to end to go and try the Gear! Our hands on is coming soon!
12:52"Once again, welcome to the future!" And our glass-equipped MC is back on stage.
12:52"With Gear, today Samsung is reinventing a centuries-old object. Something that redefines tomorrow."
12:51Lasts more than a day on a single charge. Well, welcome to a world where you charge your watch EVERY day.
12:51You can also track workout. Phew! We're really happy it's not a 3" display!
12:50Not exactly next decade tech.
12:501.63" 320 x 320 Super AMOLED display. 800MHz single-core CPU, gyro, accelerometer
12:50A new Gear app store
12:48Sharing is built in.
12:48Quick swipe down and you're ready to shoot.
12:47Time for the alien camera. "Memographer"
12:47
12:47S Voice is on board Gear. We'd honestly prefer Google Voice Search, but hey - it's some form of voice recognition!
12:46Natural gestures. "You can make calls without taking the phone out of your pocket."
12:46Getting a call? Just raise your hand with Gear to take the call and talk.
12:45You can answer your calls and messages in a completely new way.
12:45"Smart Relay" Gear is always connected.
12:44Ogle, ogle.
12:44Seamlessly connected to the Note III, but we can't take our eyes off the camera, it looks like an alien eye watching you.
12:43Yep, what you see on the side is a camera built into the wristband!
12:43Swipe down to go back home. Left or right to navigate.
12:42Six vibrant colors
12:41Stainless steel, but still light in weight. Next decade tech. Engineered for all day comfort.

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posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:48 2

1. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Maybe i can see my next year's phone here!
I really love Note series.
Waiting...

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:12 3

14. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


No more waiting. Luv the back, it is really gorgeous. But I'm sure people will still find something negative about its back. Typical haters

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:50 4

2. abdane (Posts: 478; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Now this is the beast ;)

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:54 1

3. dashing123 (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


What is this nostalgic feeling I'm having?

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:55 1

4. htc_evo_3d (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


samsung has kept the secret until now. not much of a leaks this time. intriguing!!1

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:55

5. valapsp (Posts: 484; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


just 4mins and 40 seconds

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:58

6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Huh? Berlin Philharmonics? Sammy you devil! :)

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:58 2

7. Piotrek007 (Posts: 81; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Its already more than 52.000 people streaming ........... SICK !!

Edit:

OMG ?? Its now more than 60k people streaming !! 0.0

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 11:59 1

8. kyan- (Posts: 39; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


I am so in love with this music.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:01

9. jed27 (Posts: 65; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


I need to go to work 3 hours from now and I haven't slept yet! Come on Samsung!! Make my lack of sleep for this event worth it!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:01

10. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Incredible how Samsung marketing goes, there are claps even before the event started. :D

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:02

11. _Bone_ (Posts: 2140; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


And here comes the cringe-worthy stuff.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:03

12. good2great (Posts: 1040; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


Samsungs the new Apple... haha

i dont even like Samsung and i'm glued to the livestream...

should be an EPIC event.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:11

13. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Texture instead of plastic.
Now thats a great idea.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:12

15. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


No more plastic back. I'll be damned...

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:15

16. Blazers (Posts: 249; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Uhhhhh that watch is so ugly. 80's looking calculator watch. And no, it won't be a new fashion trend. What a shame

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:18

17. Arsen (Posts: 31; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Galaxy Gear is not bad at all.
fvck those rumors

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:20 1

18. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Meh... Not really impressed.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:20 1

19. Ghost_hunter (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Aug 2013)


Hats off to PA ....awesome coverage of the event....

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:21 1

20. htc_evo_3d (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


THING OF BEAUTY

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:23

21. gazmatic (Posts: 628; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


its official

galaxy note 3 is for women only

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:24

22. gazmatic (Posts: 628; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


no street cred for a "gangster" with a note 3

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:38

27. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


Lol. Pink is for everyone!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:27 2

23. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 504; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Im in love with the design ;((( i want this Right now!!!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:32 1

24. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Really love Samsung when they announce devices, I remember almost waiting an hour of Apple bragging at last year's iPhone 5 announcement livefeed before they actually got to the phone...

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 17:38 1

44. AnTuTu (Posts: 983; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Because they don't have anything in their products. That is the reason why they start with how many Apps have been downloaded and how many people have used Safari blah blah blah blah and then here you go we have got another iPhone for you all we did this time is added another S to it.

hahahahahah

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:36 1

25. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


I think I want... a Samsung device???

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:38 1

26. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Same app in two different windows operating at the same time? Now that's innovation. I guess this is why Samsung is going for its own developer conference. So developers can add these type of features on their apps. Good one Samsung, good one

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:39

28. nomancool (unregistered)


and what about the s lag feature ?
i hope they have optimized the software properly

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:43

29. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


REALY??
Samsung has introduce the FIRST Smart watch??
Comment of year!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:58

38. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


10 char

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:43

30. jimjam (Posts: 246; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


Apple will be laughing at that smartwatch attempt.

Looks awful, doesn't work with many phones, has to work with a phone for most things (come on someone produce a standalone smartwatch!) etc etc.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:44

31. yadu004 (Posts: 63; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


really big surprise from this Un-Packed event.. Found out that Pranav Mistry is in Samsung!!!
Go Pranav !!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:44

32. iyngr (Posts: 66; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


Pranav Mistry and his Real Indian Accent..

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:46 2

33. superkuiken (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)


Galaxy SII design, LG multitasking, SONY Smallapps and HTC BlinkFeed.

Samsung is always full of innovation

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 13:05 1

39. jad.boutary (Posts: 107; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


this what I was thinking of when I was watching this event

+1

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 13:18

40. shuaibhere (Posts: 1688; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


First of all..it was samsung who released mini apps in thier tablets...then sony and lg copied it....
And if you're talking about s view cover...again samsung was first with that idea.....
And blinkfeed???? Do i even to say it's htc's version of wp start page...
Textured back if very good idea...so please stop trolling...and go away...

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 13:23

43. shuaibhere (Posts: 1688; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


**is.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 21:50

45. iushnt (Posts: 767; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


yes because we can get all those in one single device

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:49 2

34. pravi (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Pranav is the same guy who invented "SIxth sense" right? Good to see him captured by Samsung.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:51 1

35. jimjam (Posts: 246; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


Samsung's smartwatch is just a rushed attempt to beat apple to it and they ended up launching a sub standard product. Sad really. I was looking forward to something great.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:52

36. theSAINTjohn (Posts: 17; Member since: 06 May 2013)


did i see that right? 25+ hour life? what does that include, just looking at the time only? haha

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 12:56 3

37. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


4K VIDEO! :D

Sony = OWNED!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 13:20

41. rbmaestro (Posts: 11; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


Exynos processor?

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 13:22

42. rbmaestro (Posts: 11; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


DOES IT HAVE OIS?

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