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CNET News Video: New smartwatches from Samsung and Qualcomm unveiled

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CNET News Video: New smartwatches from Samsung and Qualcomm unveiled

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The market for high-tech watches just became more competitive, but still lacks a device from Apple. CNET's Sumi Das rounds up the current crop and looks at the features, from touch screens to cameras to built-in headsets.

-Good news for anyone who's tired of fishing for their cellphone in their purse or pocket. The latest hot gadget is one you can wear. In Berlin, today, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear. -Gear is seamlessly connected to the Galaxy smartphone in your pocket. When I receive a phone call, all I have to do is raise my hand to my ear-- -The device features are metal face, a rubber wristband, and a touchscreen. Swipe down to activate the built-in camera which lets you snap still images and 10-second videos. Swipe across to access notifications, the photo gallery, a pedometer, and apps. Seventy apps will be available when the Galaxy Gear launches. Not to be left out, Sony announced the release date for its SmartWatch 2 which was first introduced earlier this summer. The sleek, aluminum timepiece with its 1.6-inch touchscreen display releases later this month, and Qualcomm introduced its $300 Toq smartwatch and is already taking pre-orders. Timing is everything, especially in tech. The smartwatch announcements come just days before Apple unveils its latest products, though the rumored iWatch isn't expected until next year, and when it does arrive, it will likely be an accessory for your iPhone, not a replacement. -There's lot of reasons for that. If you look at something like a phone, you get a lot of space for battery, you get a lot of space for very high-tech electronics, big processors, big memory, camera modules. All that stuff takes up a lot of space. -Microsoft, Google, and Dell are reportedly all working on watches that adopt the same strategy, creating a companion device for your smartphone. The market for high-tech timepieces is getting crowded quickly. -The popular $150 Pebble has been selling at Best Buy since July. This waterproof watch works with both Apple and Android phones. -PHTL's $170 HOT watch sports a built-in microphone and speaker, creating a virtual headset. Adding to the cool factor, gesture controls so users can end the call by waving goodbye. But if you're looking for luxury, the Swiss-made Crossbow has you covered. It boasts a 41-megapixel camera. With all the competition for the real-estate on your wrist, you may be checking your watch as religiously as your phone in no time. -Just a moment. I just got a message-- -In San Francisco, I'm Sumi Das, CNET.com for CBS News.
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