Samsung has just announced a new smart wearable in the form of the Gear S.
It's a smartwatch with a curved 2 inch Super AMOLED screen and the usual fitness apps coupled with water and dust proofing. It's set to run the Tizen OS - Samsung is notably avoiding Android Wear - and the company promises 2 days of battery life out of the 300 mAh pack, making it better than most alternatives on the market right now.
A 1 gig processor, 512 mb RAM and 4 gigs of internal memory provide plenty of oomph for what you'll need but the standout feature of the Gear S is its 3G connectivity. That means you'll be able to connect to data and services without the need to also lug around a Samsung handset.
That's a significant step forward for wearable which have typically been tied down by their Bluetooth connection to a phone. For joggers, this generally meant having to secure a cumbersome 5 inch phone to their arm in order to retain any of their smartwatches IQ points.
The Gear S will thus be able to make and receive calls and even respond to text messages via the touchscreen - though we honestly don't know what typing on a 2 inch screen will even be like. We're not quite sure if the Gear S is going to require a separate sim card for the 3G connectivity but the idea of actually having a fully smartwatch is definitely appealing.
There's no release date yet for the Samsung Gear S - more as we get it. Official specs from Samsung are below.
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G)
900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G)
2.0” Super AMOLED (360 x 480)
Dual core 1.0 GHz
Tizen based wearable platform
Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG
- 2G, 3G Call, Bluetooth Call
- Contacts, Notifications, Messages, Emails, QWERTY Keyboard
Health & Fitness:
- S Health, Nike+ Running
- Schedule, News, Navigation, Weather
- Music Player, Gallery
- S Voice, Find My Device, Power Saving Mode
IP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant
Samsung Gear Apps
WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS/Glonass
USB: USB 2.0
Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, UV, Barometer
Storage: 4GB Internal Memory
39.8 x 58.3 x 12.5T
Typical Usage 2days