Curved display SIM-equipped Samsung Gear S made official!

by: Ankit BanerjeeAugust 28, 2014
Sasmung Black Gear S White Gear S

A report of a standalone Samsung smartwatch and another suggesting that Samsung would also release a smartwatch with a curved display have both proven to be true.

Samsung surprised us a little tonight with its announcement of the Samsung Gear S! While its Unpacked event is just around the corner, Samsung probably didn’t want to divert too much attention from the highly-anticipated Galaxy Note 4, and also likely wanted to pre-empt LG’s announcement of the G Watch R.

What makes the Samsung Gear S stand out from the G Watch R and the other smartwatches we’re likely to see at IFA 2014, other than the fact that it runs on Tizen, is that the Gear S isn’t a companion device, but can function independently of the smartphone to make and receive calls. That’s possible thanks to the SIM-slot on the back.

Of course, pairing with your smartphone, via Bluetooth, is still possible, and users can easily switch between syncing with their phones or using the smartwatch as a standalone device.

Samsung Gear S Curved Display Smartwatch-3
One of the key features of the Gear S is its 2-inch curved AMOLED  display, with a high resolution of 360 x 480. With everything else it packs, the Gear S is certainly an exciting device for its hardware, arguably more than for its software. You can check out the full list of specifications and features in the table below.

Network900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G)
Display2.0” Super AMOLED (360 x 480)
ProcessorDual core 1.0 GHz
OSTizen based wearable platform
AudioCodec: MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+nFormat: MP3, M4A, WMA, AAC, OGG
Communication2G, 3G Call, Bluetooth Call, Contacts, Notifications, Messages, Emails, QWERTY keyboard
Health and FitnessS Health, Nike+ Running
InformationSchedule, News, Navigation, Weather
MediaMusic Player, Gallery
Other FeaturesS Voice, Find My Device, Power Saver Mode
IP CertificationIP 67 rating
Samsung ServicesSamsung Gear Apps
ConnectivityWiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS/Glonass, Bluetooth®: 4.1, nUSB: USB 2.0
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, UV, Barometer
Storage4 GB
Dimension9.8 x 58.3 x 12.5T
Battery300 mAh

Samsung will make the Gear S available in October. It’s likely to be prioritized for Asian and European markets as they generally tend to play much nicer with unlocked, open hardware and they are easier markets for Samsung to enter initially.

Being a 3G device, the Gear S will work on T-Mobile and AT&T, but details on the US launch are still unknown.


The competition in the smartwatch space is certainly heating up, and it’ll be very interesting to see how consumers react to the Samsung Gear S.

What do you think about the Samsung Gear S? Were you looking forward to a stand alone smartwatch?

Show Press Release

Samsung Gear S Enhances the Smart Wearable Experience

 The Gear S offers a beautiful curved design combined with 3G connectivity on the wrist

Seoul, Korea – [August 28, 2014] – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today unveiled the Samsung Gear S, the next generation smart wearable device that expands the smartphone experience to the wrist.  The newSamsung Gear S delivers an up-to-date smart wearable experience with 3G connectivity and wearable optimized features to meet the evolving needs of consumers.

“Samsung is leading this exciting and rapidly developing wearable category through progressive innovation,” said JK Shin, CEO and head of IT & mobile communication at Samsung Electronics. “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.”

Designed with an elegant, curved Super AMOLED display and flexible band, the Samsung Gear S fits comfortably on user’s wrist. Through 3G connectivity, the Samsung Gear S offers a new, powerfulwearable experience and gives consumers the freedom to live their life on the go.

Industry-Leading Curved Super AMOLED Display

The Samsung Gear S features a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display, providing a richer view with abeautiful and easy-to-use user interface. It allows users to read messages and notifications at a single glance with features such as conversation view and condensed font. The Samsung Gear S’s chic, curved design fits comfortably around the contours of the wrist, while its customizable screen options and changeable straps empower users to express their own taste and style.

Truly Connected Experience 

The Samsung Gear S extends its communication capabilities to include 3G as well as Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, allowing users to stay informed with seamless notifications from social networks, calendars and applications even when away from their phone. It lets users to instantly reply to incoming messages using the onscreen keyboard, or utilize enhanced S voice functionality to ensure tasks can be completed immediately. Finally, with the Samsung Gear S, people can seamlessly make and receive calls directly from their wrist, or get calls forwarded from their smartphones.

The Samsung Gear S allows consumers to control how they want to connect, switching easily between 3G and Bluetooth connections, and automatically synchronizing information when paired to a smartphone.

Extended Features & Applications

The Samsung Gear S provides easy access to relevant information through essential widgets and combined notification boards. Its powerful features include turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation provided by HERE, a 24-hour news and views service from The Financial Times ‘fastFT’, works together with advanced-reading technology from Spritz, and the ability to see and respond to important social notifications instantly with Facebook. Together, these features allow users to be live and actionable while on the go.

The Samsung Gear S is also a perfect health and fitness companion with more enhanced multi-sensors, built-in GPS, and robust S Health features. In addition, applications such as Nike+ Running allow users to track their runs and stay motivated while on the move, without their smartphone.

Also announced today with the Samsung Gear S is the new Samsung Gear Circle. When paired with a smartphone, users can easily receive calls, listen to music, and make voice commands in style through a Bluetooth connection. It features a magnetic lock which clasps around the user’s neck when not in use, as well as a vibrate function to signal incoming calls and notifications.

Both the Samsung Gear S and the Gear Circle will be available in global markets in phases through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce websites and via carriers beginning October.

Full details and product images are available at

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion. To discover more, please visit

Samsung Gear S Product Specifications:        

Network900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G)900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G)
Display2.0” Super AMOLED (360 x 480)
APDual core 1.0 GHz
OSTizen based wearable platform
AudioCodec: MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+Format: MP3, M4A, WMA, AAC, OGG
FeaturesCommunications:-   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 ServicesSamsung Gear Apps
ConnectivityWiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS/GlonassBluetooth®: 4.1USB: USB 2.0
SensorAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, UV, Barometer
MemoryRAM: 512MBStorage: 4GB Internal Memory
  1. 8 x 58.3 x 12.5T
Battery300mAh Li-ionTypical Usage 2days

  • dandroid13

    That’s damn sexy!

  • slkie

    It’s beautiful….. I’m gonna have to get me one… Along with the moto 360!

  • T.J.

    I’d be curious to see if this can actually last 2 days like they claim.

    • Joshua Hill

      Can’t see that happening with a sim in it. Maybe simless using bluetooth to talk to your phone.

  • Sandeep Nadella

    beautiful but id prefer android wear

    • ThunderCrackR

      Android Wear has tens of apps. This has over 1000. Are you really sure?

      • Furnaceboy


  • DroidGuy360

    looks great, not sure about tizen :(

  • _X_

    Nice Samsung! LG G watch R…NO!

  • treekle

    QWERTY keyboard? REALLY ? on that screen?

  • treekle

    I hope the bluetooth support includes handsfree, and there is a jack to allow users to plugin cabled handsfree to save battery time as bluetooth will stop that 2 day battery

  • hoggleboggle

    Very nice, unfortunately I won’t be able to get one as it has a rubber strap which gives me hives under the strap :( release a metal strap option and I would be interested

  • Paul

    It really looks great. Just a pity about it running Tizen. Presumably, like it’s Tizen siblings, it won’t synch with non-samsung devices… Which makes it practically worthless to many of us.

    • das

      whats wrong with tizen ? its 100% more power efficient than android ,im glad samsung is trying to move away from android ,a useless slow bloated and laggy fragmented OS

      • JayMars84

        Can’t tell if serious because Android is only laggy when something like TouchWiz is on top of it.

        • das

          no lag on my samsung …

          • JayMars84

            But it’s not running Tizen. It’s running Android, which you just said was laggy and bloated. Make up your mind. By the way, where do you think bloat in Android comes from? It comes from skins, again, like TouchWiz. Do gimmicks Eye Scroll ring a bell? Come on man, get smart.

          • das

            did i say anything about tizen ? no ,learn to read what i typed and who i responded to first

          • JayMars84

            Learn to read? Learn to type, lol.

          • das

            u fail

          • das

            isaid no lag on my s4 ,which issamsung and is android ,and it runs faster than htc one

        • Never had lag on any Samsung device I’ve owned. Now this G3 on the other hand.

          • JayMars84

            Which, again, is running Android. So where is the argument coming from that Android is laggy? His argument makes zero sense.

      • Smuti

        I love the power efficiency of tizen, but the problem is compatibility with non-samsung devices.

      • Paul

        You may be right about Tizen’s efficiency. To be honest, I have no idea how it compares to Android Wear in terms of this. All I’m saying is that it will be of no use to me and many others since it likely won’t sync with anything but Samsung devices. It doesn’t have to be that way. Since most of those Samsung devices run Android anyway, they could clearly open it up to other OEMs’ devices if they wanted to. But they would rather trap people into buying more from Samsung. This is an underhanded tactic and precisely the reason I won’t ever consider Apple’s products.

        • das

          we dont know fulldetails yet ,tizen is 100% compatible with android apps and its file system, it can work with all android devices if samsung releases an app for them devices to sync to them

        • Neil Thompson

          great points. Plus I’m sure some people will say you won’t have to pair it with any device because it’s stand alone. But they better read the specs before they purchase it because if they’re planning on using their SIM card, it only runs on 2g network. Not even 3G let alone LTE! Total deal breaker

      • ThunderCrackR

        When it comes to watches, I could not agree more. Tizen has 100x more apppzzzz and gamezzzz! :)))))

    • Aqwaman

      I guess it’s only a matter of time until it gets rooted by the community and runs Android Wear.

      • Nick Yarosz

        I’m wondering how Android Wear would adapt to this vertically rectangular display? Can someone with the knowledge share how that works? Are there separate Android Wear builds for the square LG G Watch and the Moto 360 or does it sort if just adapt to the screen size automatically?

        • Neil Thompson

          great question. Android Wear adapts to the screen. Not too much of an issue for round or rectangular when they’re the same size. But on this particular screen I think it may stretch things a bit. I’ll be curious to see although I’m not a Samsung fan so I don’t plan to own the device.

          • Nick Yarosz

            Thanks Neil!

  • ServedTheUS

    I have to admit, the renders are good looking, but the rubber band and the oddly rectangular face makes this a no-go for me.

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  • Fabian Taveras

    Wow looks great! But I like Android wear tho. But still nice watch Samsung.

  • Smuti

    This one actually looks good. I guess they learned from the good reception the gear fit got for it’s design.

  • WestFiasco

    Not bad looking at all, though I wonder how many people are actively interested in smart watches in general. Probably a lot since more and more devices are being announced.

    • ed

      I don’t think many people who don’t read tech websites will be very interested in these smart watches. I think companies are betting big on them because they need to do something to shake up the industry. I think the wearable market as it stands right now is going to be a flop. Companies may learn from this round and rework their wearable strategy in the coming years. But I do not see any products that will convince the average consumer to spend $200+ on a smartphone accessory. This Samsung watch is the first that comes close but it can’t replace a smartphone so most people won’t buy it.

      • WestFiasco

        Yes, I may have been Premature in thinking they did their research to better gauge public interest. It could be like you said and they’re just betting big and putting out a “lure” to see what bites.

      • JayMars84

        The general public will be interested when Apple says they should be.

        • ed

          If Apple releases a watch that can replace their iphone than I think you might be right. I won’t be interested because it is Apple and I refuse to be locked in to one company’s ecosystem. But a great many people would by that. I don’t think that will be the case though. Apple does not like cannibalizing it’s own products. That is why they have took so long to enter the small tablet market and are taking their time getting into the large phone market. With these presumably larger phones coming out, I would not be surprised to see ipad sales continue to go down. Although they might now be coming out with a larger ipad (12.5 inch) to differentiate their ipad line from the iphone line. Time will tell.

  • bat0nas

    GPS!!!! Finally!!!

  • The-Sailor-Man

    Great and really beautiful device.
    Don’t understand the US “patriots”, complaining about Tizen, if Tizen is doing better there, than Android.

    But I still think that this is just invented by Wall Street “new” category, that have not chance to be very popular, in near future

  • Jonathan Kramer

    Will be curious to see how Sammy prices this for the US. My first android device was/is my GS3 and it’s been rock solid.. still is today. People seem to love to trash Sammy but the truth is that they have consistently delivered innovation and this device speaks highly of it! The round watches while nice aren’t going to be able to deliver the larger viewing real estate of this curved, rectangle either :)

  • ThunderCrackR

    This is simply gorgeous! Better than all the others (from my point of view)! It looks like brought from future! It has what people asked: curved screen, Gear Fit design and no camera! It has a SIM, GPS with HERE navigation built-in, Wi-Fi, ambient sensor, so it can reduce the brightness and save battery, power saving mode, also UV sensor, which will work well with Note4. Wonderful! New! And, even if you will hate me, Innovative!

  • Влатко Стојанов

    Dat button…