Two of the top-electronics manufacturers LG and Samsung took the wraps off two new smartwatches on Wednesday evening, hours after a major report pegged Apple’s iWatch debut for September 9 instead of later this year. 

LG was the first to make an announcement on Wednesday at the IFA electronics show in Berlin, showing off the G Watch R that features a 1.3-inch plastic OLED display, 4GB of storage, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor from Qualcomm, and 512 MB RAM. It also has fitness features that allow you to track your heart rate, and the G Watch R is relatively stylish with a leather band.

Furthermore, Samsung essentially launched a phone within a watch with its new Gear S. The South Korea-based electronics giant is branding it as “the smartphone experience to the wrist.” The Gear S features a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display with changeable straps and ability to customize the screen. Obviously, it features 3G connection along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and has a built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, heart rate sensor, and barometer.

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​“Samsung is leading this exciting and rapidly developing wearable category through progressive innovation,” JK Shin, CEO of Samsung Electronics, said in a media statement. “The Samsung Gear S redefines the idea of the smart wearable and the culture of mobile communication. It will let consumers live a truly connected life anywhere, anytime.”

The Gear S also has an on-screen keyboard for replying to texts. Samsung no longer uses Google’s Android OS for its wearables, opting for its own Tizen OS which has a built in application marketplace.

LG has plans to ship the G Watch R in early Q4, and Samsung will begin shipping the Gear S through mobile carriers in October. No pricing has been detailed.

  • Bambino

    They Shook!

  • Tommy

    Great items from LG and Samsung.
    It’s Apple’s turn now

  • nonchalont

    Sounds like a nice watch. Wonder how battery life is with these watches. I don’t want to be a “wall-hugger” with my wrist lol.

    • wonderboydave

      I have a pebble. I’ve had it for quite some time now, so I pretty much charge it at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter much to me. The convenience of changing the volume/tracks on your music player, receiving notifications, and even playing a game or two from your wrist overcomes the nuisance of charging it on a constant basis. It might not make sense to ya now, but its kind of like trying the ipad for the first time, you might not get it first but damn that experience just feels right.

      • Martynet

        I charge my pebble once a week 🙂

  • Jamessmooth

    Even if you’re not an Apple fan you have to appreciate this. Samsung and LG show their cards off a rumor about a product that doesn’t even exist yet. That’s influence.

    • N&LH

      “to appreciate this”…well Samsung just releasing smartwatches just to see which one stick.

      • Kurt

        At least they release something lol

  • Brian 

    It doesn’t stop there. Check the date, coincidence? I think not.

  • Mohamed Danish

    i wish samsung watches works with all android devices this time.!!

  • wonderboydave

    I just love how there’s competition within this market, more competition means more innovation plus it drives the price down. (well hopefully)

    • Rowan09

      Price always go up and never down. Whether we pay for it on the backend or not we will always pay more.

  • Chris Longden

    “Samsung no longer uses Google’s Android OS for its wearables, opting for
    its own Tizen OS which has a built in application marketplace.”

    Well that’s gonna help surely!

    • jake kneller

      you can root your android device and install the software and use the watches my friends one m8 runs a galaxy gear after the rootb

      • Chris Longden

        I don’t have an andriod – just thinking for developers it’s not that great… yet another app marketplace…

  • Rowan09

    Now a watch that’s a cellphone too? Samsung never cease to amaze me.

  • Now the SmartWatch is a secondary phone and a secondary bill…yeah!!