Samsung officially unwraps its Gear S, its billionth smartwatch device launching this year. The Gear S has a few trademarks that set it apart from the crowd, including a curved 2-inch Super AMOLED display with 360×480 resolution, and a built-in 3G modem. It can let the wearable receive notification and messages, and even make and receive calls without any smartphone involved.
The Gear S is basically a wrist-mounted smartphone, which is not something new to the industry. Samsung’s innovative strength is Tizen-powered Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Neo devices, and also has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, in addition to its cellular communication. The Gear S’s hardware design is more impressive, as we’re finally able to see displays that wrap around the contours of the wrist, rather than sticking out as a traditional flat surface.
On the software side, the Gear S has HERE navigation offered by Nokia, as well as Spritz speed-reading. It also contains GPS sensors, an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, barometer, UV detection and a heart rate monitor. In terms of specifications, it’s packing 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM with a dual-core 1.0 GHz processor. It has IP67 dust and water resistance, and a relatively small 300mAh battery, which Samsung promises to get it 2 days of usage under normal conditions.
Samsung is also launching the Gear Circle headset alongside the new wearable. The device pairs with a smartphone, using Bluetooth, to allow you to take calls, listen to music, and make voice commands. A vibrating alert tells you when a notification or a call is coming through, and a magnetic lock clips around the users neck when the Gear Circle is not being used.
“Samsung is leading this exciting and rapidly developing wearable category through progressive innovation. The Samsung Gear S redefines the idea of the smart wearable and the culture of mobile communication. It will let consumers live a truly connected life anywhere, anytime.”–J.K. Shin, CEO, mobile communications at Samsung.
Both the Samsung Gear Circle and Samsung Gear S will be available from October through the usual Samsung retail outlets. Pricing have not been announced and the Samsung Gear S is expected to come in black and white variants.