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.
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.
||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
||Codec: MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+nFormat: MP3, M4A, WMA, AAC, OGG
||2G, 3G Call, Bluetooth Call, Contacts, Notifications, Messages, Emails, QWERTY keyboard
|Health and Fitness
||S Health, Nike+ Running
||Schedule, News, Navigation, Weather
||Music Player, Gallery
||S Voice, Find My Device, Power Saver Mode
||IP 67 rating
||Samsung Gear Apps
||WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS/Glonass, Bluetooth®: 4.1, nUSB: USB 2.0
||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, UV, Barometer
||9.8 x 58.3 x 12.5T
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.
[Source: Android Authority]