Samsung has announced the Gear S, a smartwatch with a curved 2-inch screen and a SIM card slot, so it can receive messages and take calls without being connected to your phone.
As well as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G connection, the huge screen - which curves around the wearer’s wrist - means there is enough space for a keyboard and so texts, tweets and Facebook messages can all be replied to without reaching for your phone. You can either make calls from the watch's SIM card, or have calls to your phone forwarded to the watch.
The Gear S runs Samsung's own Tizen software - not Google’s Android Wear, which is used by watches by LG, Motorola and one, the Gear Live, from Samsung.
That curved display uses Samsung’s tried and tested Super AMOLED technology to ensure colours are bright and bold, while the resolution is 360 x 480. It’s powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM, and there’s 4GB of storage which can be used to feed your tunes to the included music player app.
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IP67 certification means the Samsung Gear S is waterproof to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes. Samsung claims the 300mAh battery will see two days of “typical usage” between charges. We hope the company has worked hard on making the Gear S more efficient, as the lesser Gear 2 has the same capacity - and both are overshadowed by the 410mAh LG G Watch R, also announced this week.
The Gear S uses Samsung’s S Health app to record your walking, jogging and running, all of which is synced to your phone where extra details like diet can be added to build a more complete overview on your health.
Samsung says the Gear S will go on sale sometime in October, but hasn’t yet announced the price. We expect to get hands-on with the watch at the IFA technology trade show in Berlin next week.
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