Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch unveiled

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Shin Jong-kyun, President and CEO, head of IT and Mobile Communication division of Samsung presents the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch during its launch at the 'Samsung UNPACKED 2013 Episode 2' at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin, September 4, 2013. The IFA consumer electronics and home appliances fair will open its doors to the public from September 6 till 11 in the German capital. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TELECOMS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) (REUTERS)

At an event held ahead of the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear smart watch, a device that will let you check your phone without even taking it out of your pocket – provided you have the right phone.

The Galaxy Gear has a square 1.63” AMOLED screen you wear on your wrist, which connects to the phone via Bluetooth. You can pull up emails, texts, Twitter and more through the touch screen, as well as sync with popular fitness software like RunKeeper. Users can even make calls, secret agent-style without getting out their phone. In total, 70 apps will be available at launch, The Verge reports.

Before you rush out to get one, however, you need to have the right phone: currently, the watch only syncs with specific devices. It uses Bluetooth 4.0, the new low-energy form of Bluetooth, which is currently only supported by Android 4.3. It will be compatible with Galaxy devices like the newly announced Galaxy Note III. As for non-Samsung devices, that remains to be seen.

The Android-powered device starts shipping in most countries Sept. 25, starting at $299 USD.

With files from The Canadian Press