Samsung Anounces Gear S Smartwatch and Gear Circle Earphones
Samsung has unveiled its latest wearable device today – the Samsung Gear S – which the company is calling the “next generation smart wearable device”.
“Samsung is leading this exciting and rapidly developing wearable category through progressive innovation,” said JK Shin, CEO and head of IT & mobile communication at Samsung Electronics. “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.”
The Gear S features an impressive 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display (with a basic screen resolution of 360 x 480 pixels), a flexible wrist band, and IP67 Certification (Dust and Water Resistance). The insides of the Gear S are also pretty impressive with a 1.0GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and a 300mAh Li-ion battery. According to Samsung, the Gear S is capable of a battery life of up to 2 days with typical usage. Additionally, the Gear S runs on Samsung’s own Tizen operating system which the company has been trying hard to push and market this year.
Connectivity-wise, Samsung is taking smartwatches to the next level by equipping the Gear S with 3G connectivity along with the standard Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi support. Having 3G connectivity allows the Gear S to receive notifications, send and receive messages, and make and receive calls without the need for pairing with a smartphone. This turns the Gear S, aside from being a companion device to a smartphone, into a stand-alone mobile device.
Samsung also announced today the Gear Circle, a pair of around-the-neck Bluetooth earphones which features magnetic locks that clasp around the user’s neck to form a necklace when not in use. The Gear Circle can be used for calls, music, voice commands, and notifications.
The Samsung Gear S and Gear Circle will be available in all of Samsung’s global markets sometime in October and onwards through Samsung retail channels, online stores, and carriers depending on the market.