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Samsung to release Galaxy Gear smartwatch

This concept for a smartwatch was produced by Samsung and designer Johan Loekito in 2009. The new product may not look like this. Credit: behance.net/jloekito

Samsung is to unveil its first smartwatch on September 4th, the company's mobile business chief told The Korea Times today.

Lee Young-hee said the product, called the Galaxy Gear, would be "a new wearable concept device" that would "enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways."

The South Korean firm's attempt at the product comes after a £79 Sony effort but is expected to precede a similar launch by fierce rivals Apple.

Samsung unveils revolutionary camera phone

The Galaxy S4 Zoom. Credit: Samsung

Samsung has unveiled its revolutionary Galaxy S4 Zoom that combines a smartphone and a high-end camera.

The camera has a 10x optical zoom and 16 megapixel sensor. The phone is Galaxy S4 technology.

It's expected to be available in the UK this summer.

The Galaxy S4 Zoom. Credit: Samsung
The Galaxy S4 Zoom. Credit: Samsung

Broad appeal of Samsung gives firm the edge on Apple

Certainly it looks like year-on-year growth was much higher for Samsung's mobile phone unit than for Apple's iPhone segment.

That's a testament to the broad appeal of Samsung's device range compared with the relatively high-end focus of the iPhone.

It's also helpful that Samsung has device launches throughout the year, which help to keep demand going on a more consistent basis, whereas Apple suffers from strong seasonality.

– Jan Dawson, analyst at research firm Ovum

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Samsung profits surge by 41%

Samsung saw its profits leap by 41% in the first quarter of this year, thanks to a surge in sales of its smartphones.

The company's thriving smartphone sector has been behind much of its success Credit: Press Association

Samsung's profits come as Apple faces increasing pressure to retain its reputation as one of the world's leading innovators after reporting its first fall in profits in a decade.

UK chart sees iPhone 5 topple Galaxy S3 for first time

Apple's iPhone 5 outcharted the Samsung Galaxy S3 after the launch of the S4. Credit: ABACA

The iPhone 5 became Britain's most popular smartphone in March, six months after it went on sale in September, an online comparison website said today.

Apple's success comes as the Samsung Galaxy S3 dropped to third place while fans of the South Korean company wait for the latest model to hit the shelves, according to uSwitch.com.

The S3 had been the UK's number one handset for 10 months but lost its top spot after the S4 handset was unveiled on March 14.

But the popular Galaxy range still dominates the chart, with four places in the top 10, according to the uSwitch.com Mobile Tracker, which is based on searches, pre-orders and sales through the website.

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