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Hundreds turn up for their Samsung Galaxy Note 3, queue started from 4.30am

Aesel James (left) and Gedeon Goh are the first two customers in the SingTel queue. -- PHOTO: SINGTEL
Aesel James (left) and Gedeon Goh are the first two customers in the SingTel queue. -- PHOTO: SINGTEL
Hundreds braved the rain, and one person even started queuing from 4:30am this morning, just to get their hands on the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and Galaxy Gear smartwatch. -- PHOTO: M1
Hundreds braved the rain, and one person even started queuing from 4:30am this morning, just to get their hands on the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and Galaxy Gear smartwatch. -- PHOTO: M1
Ms Marianne Judaya (left), 32, and Mr Duke Jason Regular, 37, were the first two StarHub customers to get their Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. -- PHOTO: STARHUB
Ms Marianne Judaya (left), 32, and Mr Duke Jason Regular, 37, were the first two StarHub customers to get their Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. -- PHOTO: STARHUB
The buzz at the StarHub shop in Plaza Singapura. -- PHOTO: STARHUB
The buzz at the StarHub shop in Plaza Singapura. -- PHOTO: STARHUB
The buzz at the StarHub shop in Plaza Singapura. -- PHOTO: STARHUB
The buzz at the StarHub shop in Plaza Singapura. -- PHOTO: STARHUB
The buzz at the StarHub shop in Plaza Singapura. -- PHOTO: STARHUB
The buzz at the StarHub shop in Plaza Singapura. -- PHOTO: STARHUB
Customers waiting in line for the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and Galaxy Gear smartwatch being issued queue numbers. Hundreds braved the rain, and one person even started queuing from 4:30am this morning, just to get their ha
Customers waiting in line for the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and Galaxy Gear smartwatch being issued queue numbers. Hundreds braved the rain, and one person even started queuing from 4:30am this morning, just to get their hands on the gadgets. -- PHOTO: STARHUB

Hundreds braved the rain, and one person even started queuing from 4:30am this morning, just to get their hands on the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Those who pre-ordered the $1,048 smartphone through the telcos and Samsung stores also received $100 off the $488 price of the smartwatch, on top of getting a dock and an extra battery.

When the Galaxy Note 3 is paired with the Galaxy Gear, users will be able to answer and make calls with the watch, receive notifications and even take photos using the watch, and have them saved on the phone.

Smartwatches are expected to be the new domain that tech companies are fighting over, with many coming out with smartwatches that can pair with the current crop of Android and Apple devices.

Samsung is not the first smartphone maker to come up with its own smartwatch, but its watch has several key features, such as the ability to make calls and snap photos.

All three telcos and Samsung declined to reveal sales figures from this morning, but a Samsung spokesperson said that the number of consumers who registered their interest for the phone prior to the launch was more than double that of the Samsung Galaxy Note II With LTE when it was launched in October 2012.