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Pranav Mistry, Head oft Think Tank Team Samsung Research America, presents the Samsung Galaxy Gear in different colors in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch well ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year's must-have holiday gift. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear on Wednesday in Berlin ahead of the annual IFA consumer electronics show. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Pranav Mistry, Head oft Think Tank Team Samsung Research America, presents the Samsung Galaxy Gear in different colors in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch well ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year's must-have holiday gift. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear on Wednesday in Berlin ahead of the annual IFA consumer electronics show. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

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A model displays the new Samsung Galaxy Gear, left, which is connected ivy Gear Watch with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3, right, after the presentation in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch well ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year's must-have holiday gift. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear on Wednesday in Berlin ahead of the annual IFA consumer electronics show. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

A model displays the new Samsung Galaxy Gear, left, which is connected ivy Gear Watch with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3, right, after the presentation in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch well ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year's must-have holiday gift. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear on Wednesday in Berlin ahead of the annual IFA consumer electronics show. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

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BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 04:  Pranav Mistry of Samsung America presents the new Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch at the Samsung Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 at Tempodrom on September 4, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Samsung introduced a total of three new products at the event, on the eve of the IFA 2013 consumer electonics fair.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 04: Pranav Mistry of Samsung America presents the new Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch at the Samsung Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 at Tempodrom on September 4, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Samsung introduced a total of three new products at the event, on the eve of the IFA 2013 consumer electonics fair. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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People take photos of new Samsung Galaxy Gear after the presentation in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch well ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year's must-have holiday gift. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear on Wednesday in Berlin ahead of the annual IFA consumer electronics show. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

People take photos of new Samsung Galaxy Gear after the presentation in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch well ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year's must-have holiday gift. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear on Wednesday in Berlin ahead of the annual IFA consumer electronics show. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

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Moderator, English television presenter Jason Bradbury, gestures during a Samsung product presentation in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch well ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year's must-have holiday gift. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear on Wednesday in Berlin ahead of the annual IFA consumer electronics show. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Moderator, English television presenter Jason Bradbury, gestures during a Samsung product presentation in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch well ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year's must-have holiday gift. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear on Wednesday in Berlin ahead of the annual IFA consumer electronics show. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

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Pranav Mistry, Head oft Think Tank Team Samsung Research America, presents the Samsung Galaxy Gear in different colors in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch well ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year's must-have holiday gift. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear on Wednesday in Berlin ahead of the annual IFA consumer electronics show. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Samsung has launched a smartwatch that can make calls, receive emails and even take photographs.

Galaxy Gear - described as "something out of sci-fi" - was unveiled at a Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin this evening.

The smartwatch allows users to access email, text and even make phone calls - without touching their mobile.

It features speakers and microphones, meaning people speak into and hear from the device on their wrist instead of a handset.

Pranav Mistry, head of Think Tank Team at Samsung Research America, showed off Galaxy Gear during a presentation at the Berlin IFA today, which was live streamed to Times Square in New York.

Mr Mistry said: "This is an exciting time for all of us at Samsung.

"We have created something incredible. You don't need to get your phone out anymore.

"Gear takes the entirety of your digital world and places it right where you can see."

Belfast Telegraph