Samsung Gear S U.S. bound, coming to all four major carriers this fall

Samsung Gear S U.S. bound, coming to all four major carriers this fall
In a terse statement, Samsung announced on Tuesday that its independent smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S, will be available from all four major U.S. carriers this fall. Unlike other timepieces that rely on a nearby smartphone to connect with, the Gear S has its own 3G connectivity, and users can make/take calls directly from their wrist. That means that owners of the device will need to have the watch hooked up to a voice and data plan. Pricing and availability remain unknown at this point.

The Samsung Gear S offers a 2 inch curved screen with resolution of 360 x 480. A dual-core 1GHZ processor powers the watch which has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of native storage inside. A 300mAh battery keeps the second hand moving. Sammy's home grown Tizen OS is pre-installed.


The Samsung Gear S also offers Wi-Fi connectivity, and there are some apps available including a news reader and one for weather.

source: Samsung

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17 Comments

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Naah,...Gear s 2 might get 500mah

5. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

3G with that battery? c'mon... And squeezing every functionality they would think off into a smartwatch? That's too much already. But of course, some may love that. This will sell if they're like inexpensive.

2. powerlinkthrust

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

Not unless it takes a Sim card and if it does then all you have to do is take your Sim card out of your phone and put it in there.Then again it might not pending the carrier.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Making calls on a watch is impractical

6. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Why? You don't have a bluetooth headset? I have LG Tones around my neck pretty much all day.

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

For a lot of uses, a watch by itself is light and practical. Hauling around a headset is goofy and impractical.

10. MEeee

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

It's better to have extra features than nothing at all. You don't have to use them. That's why others are taking Samsungs gimmicky features one by one. So do you think the Heart Rate sensor is impractical on a smartwatch?

12. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

not all the time, just making call when away with your smart phone or when lazy carrying your bulky smartphone on your pocket, you have a choice

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Personally, I hope Samsung or LG wakes up and realizes that a lot of people would gladly trade all the invasive health monitoring crap for a slimmer watch (and/or larger battery). The 3G is a cool feature, especially if it is easy to keep it turned off and only turn it on when you need it.

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

The only actual usefullness of the 'smart watch' I find is the Health monitoring. Its only useless because you don't use it. So don't expect Samsung to take your word as what all people think. Whereas, couple I've seen buy such watches are only and only because it tracks their runs.

16. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Lol. "a lot of people" is what I said, not "all people". Smartwatch fitness/health data geeks are a small minority. But almost all smartwatches are made with health monitoring as this data can be sold to insurance companies for a lot of money. And the watches suck because of all this extra crap that is not in a normal watch.

8. TRUVILLE

Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Mxyzptlk feeling salty

11. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

He must have already bent his new iPhone LMAO

13. IsThereOnePhoneWOaFatalFlaw

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

This thing is frickin HUGE. Any smartwatch will need to pack a battery big enough to handle the tech needed to be independent of a phone, and to not have an annoyingly useless small screen. What's the solution? NOT to simply elongate the traditional watch design and go all vertical! That thing might look right on say, a linebackers wrist, but for the majority of us and almost all women: ridiculous looking. The only solution: Make it bigger horizontally. Its going to require true design innovation to make it look sexy, or at least not idiotic, but it's the only way you can make a smart watch with a big enough screen that will appeal to even a petite woman. And let's face the stupid reality and what none of us want to hear: For something to truly take off and be popular en masse in america, it has to take off amongst teenage girls. That goes for music (the Beatles anyone?), fashion, movies, and yes even tech. The iphone proved that. Android is huge, and I'm an android guy, but even the biggest android honk has to admit that without the rabid popularity of the first iphones, android wouldn't be as popular as it is. Teenage girls still drive the business. I manage a cell phone store, and there are soooo many accounts with 4-6 lines; all iphones. Why? Teenagers (especially girls) beg their parents for the iphone, and convince them that's the best phone that they should get too. Ultimate point: The ONLY way smart watches will truly take off is if you make them big enough to be functional enough for teenage girls to say text and snap chat all day with their friends while leaving their phone at home, and sexy enough so that they will actually want it for its looks.

14. IsThereOnePhoneWOaFatalFlaw

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

Follow up thought: Is a 16x9 ratio the sweet spot? Or 21x9?

15. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Samsung Gear 'S'exy. That device is one good lookin' thing~~ Loving it's looks

17. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

If it doesn't beam me up to the Enterprise, it's just too f**king big. Samsung should call it the BFW.

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