Aug 28 AT 9:31 AM Alex Wagner 12 Comments

Samsung Gear S enters the smartwatch fray with 2-inch screen, 3G connectivity


Shortly after LG took the wraps off of its new G Watch R smartwatch, Samsung responded by introducing a new wearable of its own.

The Samsung Gear S is the newest wristwatch from the folks in Seoul, and it’s got a few tricks up its sleeve that make it stand out from the rest of Samsung’s Gear family. First, and probably most noticeable, is its large 2-inch Super AMOLED display, which is curved and features a resolution of 480×360.

The second big feature found in the Gear S is 3G connectivity. Yep, that’s right, the Gear S has a SIM slot for its own 2G/3G connection. That means that you can use the device to conduct calls and respond to messages using its onscreen keyboard. Connectivity options include 2G 900/1800 and 3G 900/2100 or 2G and 3G 850/1900.

Packed inside of the Gear S’s body, which is IP67 rated for resistance to dust and water, lives a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 300mAh battery that Samsung says will last 2 days with “typical usage.” Also included are a bevy of sensors such as an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, heart rate, ambient light, UV and barometer.

On the software side of things, the Gear S comes preloaded with Tizen and a host of Samsung applications. Those include S Voice, Power Saving Mode, S Health and Music Player.

Samsung has also introduced another Gear device called the Gear Circle. This piece of headgear is meant to be paired with a smartphone and allow the wearer to receive calls, listen to music and issue voice commands over a Bluetooth connection. It’ll vibrate when you’ve got incoming notifications and can be magnetically clasped around your neck when not in used.

Both the Gear S and Gear Circle are expected to begin rolling out globally in October. No pricing details for either product have been given.

So there’s Samsung newest wearable offerings. The Gear S looks like an interesting unit, and while we’re sure that some folks will be disappointed that it’s running Tizen and not Android Wear, the fact that it’s got a beefy (for smartwatches) 2-inch display and its own 3G connection ought to win it at least some attention.

What do you think of Samsung’s Gear S? Has its big screen and cellular connectivity piqued your interest?

Source: Samsung

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