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.
|Network||900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G)|
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G):2.0” Super AMOLED (360 x 480)
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G):Dual core 1.0 GHz
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G):Tizen based wearable platform
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G):Codec: MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+nFormat: MP3, M4A, WMA, AAC, OGG
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G):2G, 3G Call, Bluetooth Call, Contacts, Notifications, Messages, Emails, QWERTY keyboard
Network:Health and Fitness
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G):S Health, Nike+ Running
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G):Schedule, News, Navigation, Weather
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G):Music Player, Gallery
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G):S Voice, Find My Device, Power Saver Mode
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G):IP 67 rating
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G):Samsung Gear Apps
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G):WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS/Glonass, Bluetooth®: 4.1, nUSB: USB 2.0
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G):Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, UV, Barometer
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G):512 MB
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G):4 GB
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G):9.8 x 58.3 x 12.5T
900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G):300 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?
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 www.samsungmobilepress.com
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
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Samsung Gear S Product Specifications:
|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, WMA, 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/GlonassBluetooth®: 4.1USB: USB 2.0|
|Sensor||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, UV, Barometer|
|Memory||RAM: 512MBStorage: 4GB Internal Memory|
|Battery||300mAh Li-ionTypical Usage 2days|