Samsung Reveals New Gear S Smartwatch - Which is Smart Even Without a Handset

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Samsung Reveals New Gear S Smartwatch - Which is Smart Even Without a Handset

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.

Network
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G)
900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G)

Display
2.0” Super AMOLED (360 x 480)

AP
Dual core 1.0 GHz

OS
Tizen based wearable platform

Audio
Codec: MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG

Features
Communications:
- 2G, 3G Call, Bluetooth Call
- Contacts, Notifications, Messages, Emails, QWERTY Keyboard

Health & Fitness:
- S Health, Nike+ Running

Information:
- Schedule, News, Navigation, Weather

Media:
- Music Player, Gallery

Others:
- S Voice, Find My Device, Power Saving Mode

IP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant

Samsung Services
Samsung Gear Apps

Connectivity
WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS/Glonass
Bluetooth®: 4.1
USB: USB 2.0

Sensor
Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, UV, Barometer

Memory
RAM: 512MB
Storage: 4GB Internal Memory

Dimension
39.8 x 58.3 x 12.5T

Battery
300mAh Li-ion
Typical Usage 2days



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