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

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.


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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77 Comments

77. datphone

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 28, 2014

Samsung clearly haven't learnt from their mistakes with the S5. It's all well and good making a brilliant wearable internally but if it doesn't look good then only the most die hard of Samsung lovers will buy it. I'll be amazed if they sell it sub £200 and I'm not going to pay that for a cheap looking plastic watch. Get some stainless steel in there Samsung like the 360 to make it look like a premium wearable!!!

73. UltimateReviews

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

youtube.com/watch?v=Uud_5AGV54k My Impressions on the Gear S!

75. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

that was cool dude. And you said you don't need a samsung phone,,, can use any phone with gear s ? If so, definitely getting this sexy thing.

72. aipom

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

No camera :'(

76. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

No camera :-)

71. caesantos

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

People still haven't realized that Samsung fires up in every direction. They'll have a round smart-watch too. That means that will have something for everyone.

67. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

Not bad, a definite step up from previous versions, but wake me up when we have pip boys.

60. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

If this worked with other devices it would've been awesome.

66. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

very true indeed

56. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Beautiful. It reminds me of samsung bijoux sgh-t500 front display

53. 1701nino unregistered

Is it just me or is this thing uuuggglllyyy,and look at those cartoony watch faces,It's running tizen???Why???Just another proof that Samsung and Google are going their separate ways.

52. hameed1989

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

I use to have a computer with that much of Processor Clock and RAM!!

51. justttclassified

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I want this!

46. twens

Posts: 1191; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Okay now am interested in getting a smart watch. This is beauuuutifulllll

45. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

My next watch :D Will go nicely with my Galaxy Note 4.

36. Iodine

Posts: 1520; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

"Samsung is leading...." Can they start with a different phrase ?

40. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

It hurts huh?

35. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I think this is pretty awesome.

33. Danini1112

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 22, 2013

Guys...Curved display, 300 ppi wow !

32. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

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

27. D.Lamore

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

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

24. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

29. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 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...

30. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 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...

31. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

21. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 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.

19. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

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

25. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Only your opinion counts.

26. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Well it doesn't hurt.

39. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

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

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