Samsung unveils Gear S smartwatch with curved screen and 3G connectivity
Samsung has just unveiled its newest smartwatch offering, the Samsung Gear S (or Solo), featuring 3G connectivity and a curved 2-inch Super AMOLED display.
Mounted on a flexible band, the Gear S will be built around Samsung’s own Tizen software, not Android Wear like the Gear Live. It differs significantly from the company’s past wearable devices by offering 3G connectivity of its own, meaning that it can work independently of a smartphone, allowing users to keep the devices synced even without Bluetooth connection. However, we don’t expect many people to be intentionally leaving their smartphones behind much nowadays, many are inseparable from their devices nowadays.
“Samsung is leading the exciting and rapidly developing wearable category with continuous innovation that aims to enhance the lives of technology fans,” said Ines van Gennip, Marketing Director, IT & Mobile Division, Samsung UK & Ireland, in a press release. “The Samsung Gear S is set to redefine the idea of the smart wearable device and the culture of mobile communication, enabling people to live a truly connected life anywhere, anytime.”
The smartwatch will also offer Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and will come preloaded with the company’s S Health app along with Nike+ Running software, keeping the fitness-oriented theme of the company’s Gear Fit range, without losing the versatility its other offerings. Other pre-installed apps include Nokia’s HERE Maps app and the Financial Times’ fastFT app.
The Gear S has been IP67-certified for dust and water resistance, and comes with Samsung’s usual array of sensors including an accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, compass, and monitors for heart rate, UV, and ambient light. Its 300mAh battery promises two days of use from a full charge.
The reveal seems to be an effort to outdo LG’s new G Watch R teaser, and the wearable is set to go on sale in October. However, pricing details have yet been confirmed. The new Samsung wearable will be available in black or white.
Alongside the Gear S, Samsung also announced the Gear Circle, a pair of wireless earphones which can send vibrating alerts to the users when paired with their smartphone. They connect via Bluetooth and can also facilitate voice commands.