Samsung Launches New Smart Devices in Korea

luvsmiling, Sept. 25, 2014, 8:49 a.m.

Samsung has unveiled two larger smartphones, the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge, as well as the new curved-display smartwatch Gear S, and the Gear VR, a portable virtual-reality headset for the Galaxy Note 4.  The products will be available from Friday through the nation's three telecoms.

The Galaxy Note 4 being sold in Korea will have only one rechargeable battery and cost W957,800 (US$1=W1,039), W110,000 cheaper than the Note 3 which comes with two batteries.  A widely anticipated function gauging users' blood oxygen saturation is not included in the Galaxy Note 4 sold here because the Korea Food and Drug Administration said it would require the phone to be classified as a medical device.

The gadgets were introduced by Lee Don-ju, Samsung's head of sales and marketing, instead of Shin Jong-kyun, the head of Samsung Electronics' mobile communications business, who has not appeared at official events for seven months.

Lee also hosted Samsung's big launch event at the IFA in Berlin earlier this month.  The last time Shin has appeared at an official Samsung event was in February this year to unveil the Galaxy S5, giving rise to speculation that his job is on the line.  A Samsung official said Shin was busy focusing on product development. "He is carrying on internal management as usual," the spokesman added. 

Shin apparently sat next to Samsung vice chairman Lee Jae-yong on Tuesday when he met Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

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