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Samsung Gear S unveiled by Samsung; smartwatch offers 2 inch curved display and 3G connectivity

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Samsung Gear S unveiled by Samsung; smartwatch offers 2 inch curved display and 3G connectivity
Samsung has introduced a new Tizen powered smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S. This is what Samsung is calling a "smart wearable device" that brings the smartphone experience to your wrist. Featuring a curved 2 inch Super AMOLED display, the device fits perfectly around the wrist for a comfortable fit. The Samsung Gear S comes with three connectivity options, 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The 3G connectivity means that you don't have to be tied to your smartphone for the Gear S to send you notifications and messages.

The Samsung Gear S allows you to take and make phone calls from your wrist, or receive calls forwarded from your phone. Enhanced S voice functionality means that users can voice commands in order to get things done. Turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation is powered by HERE. The Financial Times 'fastFT' app works together with Spritz' advanced-reading technology, and Facebook lets you stay up to date with your social media messages.

The Gear S is the perfect companion for those who track their health and are concerned with staying in shape. Sensors, GPS capability and S Health features, are just what the doctor ordered. And the Gear S didn't forget about you runners. The Nike+ Running app allows you to leave your smartphone at home while your wearable keeps track of your running stats for the day, and keeps you motivated.

The 2 inch Super AMOLED screen on the wearable offers resolution of 360 x 480, and a dual-core 1GHz processor is on board. As we noted, Tizen is powering the device, and there are built-in features like the battery saving Power Saving Mode. The Gear S has IP67 certification, so it can handle being submerged in up to 3.2 feet of water for as long as 30 minutes. The timepiece comes with 512MB of RAM, and with a 300mAh Li-ion cell, you can get as much as 2 days out of the battery before needing a recharge.

Also announced on Thursday was the Samsung Gear Circle headphones. This 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 call or notification is coming through, and a magnetic lock clasps 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 S and Samsung Gear Circle will be launched through the usual Samsung retail channels beginning in October. Pricing has yet to be announced. The Samsung Gear S will be available in black and white.


source: Samsung

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posted on 27 Aug 2014, 22:32 14

1. j3ss323 (Posts: 12; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


Yuck!!!

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 22:43 12

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


open photoshop ...open galaxy gear fit.png ...wrap image - print!!!

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 23:07 5

17. j3ss323 (Posts: 12; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


✔...✔...✔...✔!!!

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 03:45 1

47. sgodsell (Posts: 3366; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


This is not a watch anymore. Its a bracelet at this size. This will be great for girls, but its not for me.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 00:01 21

28. AnTuTu (Posts: 1578; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Great stuff Sammy. This one looks great :)

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 01:24 3

41. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


just like your nokia face

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 04:22 3

49. geordie8t1 (unregistered)


what is wrong with it? it looks much better then the other samsung watches, it actually looks a bit MORE like a watch now.....

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 06:22 1

54. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


It runs tizen

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 10:02

64. sgodsell (Posts: 3366; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Its also 2". People complained about the size of Gear 2, Gear Neo, Gear Live at 1.63". Now this is a 2" display on a watch. Why do you think we don't see too many photos of this watch on a wrist? Because its a bracelet at that size. You also can't change the band on this device.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 11:46 2

69. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


"It runs tizen"
so what?
If it's better....

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 07:46 3

61. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


"Yuck" is iPhone 6.
This one looks great. And if Tizen behave better on smartwatch, - then WHY NOT?

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 12:05

70. j3ss323 (Posts: 12; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


9.9.14

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 22:32 9

2. james1 (Posts: 97; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I guess they didn't care about design because that watch is ugly. Especially with a screen that is huge compared to the watch's band.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 01:25 8

43. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Wait until your favorite brand copycats Samsung just like in smartphones, and then you'll start praising it.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 04:02 3

48. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1373; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


who copies samsung? they are the worst when it comes to designing products, wake up,

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 07:16 7

57. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Ummm, big screens? they existed .. who made it popular? ummm phablets? ummm touchwiz features? example : Multi-Window want more? who copies the world leader? the one that sells 10 times as much as Sony, and 20 times as much as Nokia? you better wake up low end brand user

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 11:44 3

68. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


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.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 06:23 1

55. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


They should have put android wear on it, tizen kills it

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 07:18 2

59. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Agree .. Samsung really can become stubborn sometimes ..

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 22:36 1

3. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2259; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Hmm ,, I can see myself wearing this, on my third wrist ha!!

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 22:37 30

4. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


The amount of hate is so high here, I'm loving this design tbh. Different tastes I guess but I like it!

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 23:00 9

15. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


This is not about design IMO.
This is about getting a product out n the market which is a standalone device without being connected to the phone.
The main point here is connectivity.

- 3G as well as Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.
- 2G, 3G Call, Bluetooth Call
- WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS/Glonass
- Bluetooth®: 4.1
- USB: USB 2.0

Which 'watch' had these amount of tech embedded in past??

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 07:47

62. boosook (Posts: 1429; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


That's exactly what a smartwatch should NOT be. Why would you want another complete phone, besides your smartphone? An efficient interface to your smartphone is what people really need.
Anyway, to answer your question.... five years ago:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LG_GD910
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FAwzkc0gKo
Samsung fanboys have become like Apple's... every time Samsung makes something, they *assume* that it's the first time and that it's a super innovative idea, just because it's Samsung.
The answer to your question is: the LG GD910 had this amount of tech embedded 5 years ago. It lacked the GPS and the curved display, but it was 5 years ago. Actually, it was quite impressive, for the time.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 08:17 3

63. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


LOL..
Take a deep breath. Why take so much tension for things you don't like? You want to buy the LG watch? Fine, nobody is stopping you.

Do everyone a favor -- stop trolling.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 20:15

74. SPASE (Posts: 205; Member since: 03 May 2013)


no mate, the first watch phone was 1999 samsung sph-wp10.
2009 samsung S9110, which lg also released LG_GD910.....
who copy who?

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 23:40 2

23. vincelongman (Posts: 4164; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I'd prefer my smartwatch to look like a normal watch, which is why IMO the LG G Watch R is now the best looking smartwatch

But I still think the Gear S has a great design, just different style to my tastes
I'm sure there'll be lots of other people who like this design as well

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 01:20

37. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Yes, sure, the G watch of the 360 look great too, but remember that few people actually own lgs or motorollas when compared to Samsung

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 01:24 2

42. Cicero (Posts: 861; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Define normal watch. They always been round and rectangular shape. And when you need more info on the screen I thing rectangular is better.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 01:39 1

44. nathan.carter (Posts: 416; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


A lot of watches had this before Samsung. Samsung just looks prettier.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 22:43 5

6. Sharky (Posts: 233; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)


Not bad, not bad at all. This is what happens when you clean up the design a bit. Looks much better than Samsung's previous efforts.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 22:45 3

8. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Definitely looks better than Gear Live IMO...

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 10:08

65. sgodsell (Posts: 3366; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The Gear Live you can at least change the watch band. This one is so big. You can't change the band on it. This watch is hitting the bracelet relm.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 22:43 5

7. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


...And so the smartwatch screen size war began...

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 07:17

58. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


lol .. true.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 22:46 14

9. Carlitos (Posts: 502; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


This looks pretty dam sleek! Really digging the design.
Tbh I did not expect a watch with a square screen to look this good. Kudos to Samsung.
(Btw I always had a hunch that their previous smart watches were just to see how the consumer reacts and to test new grounds, just like they did with phablets and look the great sucess that has brought them).
Also the amount of hate here towards Samsung is ridiculous. This watch really does look nice.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 22:53 7

10. HouTexan (Posts: 435; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


This really looks nice. Very impressive.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 22:58

11. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1048; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


"because the smartphones screen is too big and heavy, we decided to pay another box to settle an assistant who made smaller screen, smaller battery, less RAM and do all the functionality exactly as same as smartphones but less."

Anonymous from parallel universe

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 22:59 4

12. koko1 (Posts: 103; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)


moto 360 or gear s ?
definitely best two smart watches right now

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 23:24 3

20. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


LG G Watch R

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 23:00 14

13. mike2828 (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 Aug 2014)


I like it well done Sammy

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 23:00 2

14. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I would love to have something like this for my desk! :)

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 23:05 1

16. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


LG did a MUCH better job with theirs IMO.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 23:30 1

22. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


LG is better in design, it's better in communication.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 01:22 4

38. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


and better in copying.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 23:15

18. naittosan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


What happens when like Verizon only supports LTE. Are these 3g watches going to work?

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 23:21 8

19. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


I like it. A lot. Specs are perfect, design is sexy...go away you haters. Your opinion doesn't matter.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 23:45

25. camera531 (Posts: 343; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Only your opinion counts.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 23:55 1

26. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Well it doesn't hurt.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 01:22 4

39. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


at least not the opinion of jealous nokia fans or ex nokia fans

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 23:29

21. MINDoSOUL (Posts: 131; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


My God, Samsung please remove that ugly home button and physical buttons from your watches and phones. Until then it's a pass for me.

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 23:44

24. camera531 (Posts: 343; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


The LG Round kills this. And how exactly does this even work? Do you need a 2nd sim card with a 2nd plan, like paying for TWO smartphones? This sounds like a very expensive and impractical way to have a smartwatch. Nonsense.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 00:07 4

29. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Good point, but I still think the independent connectivity is what puts this smartwatch in a league of it's own. It could even be THE smart-device for those for whom a smartphone would be overkill... Think this paired with a tablet sans smartphone...

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 00:07 1

30. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Good point, but I still think the independent connectivity is what puts this smartwatch in a league of it's own. It could even be THE smart-device for those for whom a smartphone would be overkill... Think this paired with a tablet sans smartphone...

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 00:20 7

31. matrix_neo (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Nope, design wise, Gear S is better than LG Round. Gear S looks like a smartwatch, unlike LG Round, you might think its just a normal watch. Nonsense? ! Really? ! Many companies now are investing in smartwatches, do you think Samsung will just produce it without benefiting from it? Are LG, Sony, or Motorola only capable of creating a smartwatch? Smartwatches are on the rise, I'm sure many people will buy it especially if it has connectivity features like this Samsung gear s. Many countries are offering prepaid plans, so people can afford having 2sim cards. I owned 2 sim cards, one for sms and calling, the other for my data, a 10 GB good for 4 months. If you're living in the US, bad for you.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 00:00 6

27. D.Lamore (Posts: 198; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


This is the best overall smart watch, well done sammy . Can't wait to connect it with my Galaxy Alpha

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 00:31

32. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2004; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


hard to see under the sun,w/curve screen ..

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 00:43 2

33. Danini1112 (Posts: 50; Member since: 22 Jun 2013)


Guys...Curved display, 300 ppi wow !

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 01:09 5

35. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 433; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


I think this is pretty awesome.

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 01:18

36. Iodine (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


"Samsung is leading...."

Can they start with a different phrase ?

posted on 28 Aug 2014, 01:24 2

40. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


It hurts huh?

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