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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  • gookj

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    • Richard Yarrell

      It’s pretty much plain and simple TIZEN is KICKING Around Wear ass left and right so easily it’s comical.

      The Galaxy Gear Solo is what will accompany my Galaxy Note 4 out of my favorite T-Mobile store on October 3rd.

      At the end of the day if you’re not rolling with Samsung then you’re simply not rolling at all .

      • squiddy20

        I don’t know what this “Around Wear” product is, but I’d hate to have it because of the connotation that the buyer a, shall we say, large fellow.
        Proofreading Dick. It’ll do wonders.

        • Richard Yarrell

          Let’s face it squiddy20 is so old and outdated he never bought or was able to afford anything worthwild after all these years.

          I feel so sorry for you year after year as product after product arrives and you sit back knowing full well it”s more than you can afford. I’ll be so happy with my Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Gear Solo on October 3rd it’s so lovely.

          • squiddy20

            Yay. More childish, unfounded insults. Do you seriously have nothing better to do with your life than reuse the same boring old insults that you’ve been using on me for literally the past 4 years?
            And you say I’m “old and outdated”. You can’t even spell “worthwhile”, even with autocorrect. Go back to 3rd grade. You’ll learn a ton.

      • ranman

        Around Wear….. lolz. Coming from someone who has actually had and used a Samsung Gear watch ( took it back because Tizen is GARBAGE and S Voice is a JOKE!!!) and a ANDROID WEAR watch,( I currently own and wear a moto 360, which is pretty amazing and Google Now is spot on) I would have to say, as usual, Richard you are an idiot. I think you will be surprised at what the price will be for this watch as well, so don’t get all giddy thinking you will be able to afford it.

        This looks like a great smart watch, but they lost me when they said Tizen and not Android Wear.

  • Mikes_phone_and_tab

    If you don’t have to have cell service with it ans can pair it to a phone like the other Gears than this is my favorite looking smartwatch yet. It’s pretty attractive and I have a Samsung phone and tablet so I’m already in their ecosystem.

  • Nigel

    And so a new word is invented “wablet”
    as a phone gets to tablets sizes like is happening with phones as pamper to ego freaks.

  • tim

    So, no camera? Total fail!

    • mike

      Right?!?! I was thinking the same thing! First, camera on all gear watches. Now no camera? Wth??

      • SamsungFan

        I was thinking about upgrading my galaxy gear, but now I won’t. My original gear rooted is still better than this gear s and no camera. What were they thinking?

  • masterpfa

    Not for me personally, do not like the shape or look of this watch.

    Will be interesting to watch the video reviews at least