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Samsung's Gear S smartwatch sports a curved display, 3G connectivity

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August 27, 2014

Samsung announced yet another smartwatch today, the first one that carries standalone 3G c...

Samsung announced yet another smartwatch today, the first one that carries standalone 3G connectivity

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Samsung just keeps hammering away at this smartwatch thing. Ahead of IFA 2014, the company today announced its sixth wrist-worn device in the last year. This time it's called the Gear S, and it's the first from Samsung to include 3G connectivity.

The Gear S takes some design cues from the Gear Fit, namely its curved display. But unlike the Gear Fit, which was basically a fitness tracker with a few smartwatch features thrown in, the Gear S is a full-fledged smartwatch.

The new watch doesn't, however, run Android Wear. Instead we're looking at the same Tizen OS that now runs on all of Samsung's previous Gear smartwatches, apart from the Gear Live.

That curved display measures 2 inches diagonally, with 360 x 480 resolution. That comes out to a fairly sharp 300 pixels per inch. It's also the first dedicated smartwatch from Samsung that has a rectangular screen. The previous Gear watches all had square displays.

The Gear S features a 2-in curved display

Like the previous Samsung Gears, the Gear S will take and make calls. With the new 3G connectivity, though, those calls can now be made without a paired smartphone.

Another new feature is an onscreen keyboard. 2 inches is a pretty tight area to be rapping out text messages, but it's 45 percent more area than the older Gears' 1.63-in screens allowed. If all else fails, Samsung's S Voice (Siri rival) is still around for dictating commands.

We're still a bit fuzzy on whether the Gear S will be fully functional without a paired smartphone, or whether it will be missing features. Also unknown is whether it's only compatible with Samsung Galaxy phones, or if the company is opening up to other Android handsets. We've reached out to Samsung to clarify, and will update when we get more info.

No word on pricing yet, but we do know that the Gear S will go on sale this October.

If you want to see how the Gear S sizes up next to LG's new G Watch R, you can check out Gizmag's features and specs comparison.

Source: Samsung

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Will Shanklin Will Shanklin is Gizmag's Mobile Tech Editor, and has been part of the team since 2012. Will has a Master's degree from U.C. Irvine and a Bachelor's from West Virginia University. He currently lives in New Mexico with his wife, Jessica.
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4 Comments

Gadget makers just don't "Get It" These watches, bracelets,are not going to "Catch On" and ever go mainstream. The future is going to be a small computer with wifi and bluetooth and clip on the inside of a pocket or worn as a necklace and use a product like or similar to Google Glasses but ones that have more performance. It will be possible to recharge whatever electron storage device they have at that time with the movement of the body. These products will become mainstream leaving the others in the dustbin of history. I predict that these watches will flop not long after production. I would not invest 1 cent in a company that makes these.

Cyndysub
28th August, 2014 @ 09:28 am PDT

Love the style. If truly 3G, and if battery, features and price are right... sold!

kalqlate
28th August, 2014 @ 01:06 pm PDT

At last ... someone is getting it!

Having a wrist-mounted display for something you already carry is maybe quite cool, but seriously not massive despite all the current smartwatch hype.

Having the core comms capability strapped to your wrist in a neat and good-looking watch format so you don't need to carry a phone around is huge, however.

Only 1 more step required now ... the smart device (phone, tablet) etc goes back to being a PDA. The watch takes over the primary role as your single, central connection/ communication/ identity/ profile/ data manager.

Samsung can then sell a whole 'galaxy' of devices, with customers linking via different devices for different uses. A 'mini' device (maybe a pen shaped format with some Livescribe type functions, plus ability to control basic calling/texting etc better than the watch alone); a 'minitab' for traditional smartphone applications; several different sizes of tablet; even laptop and full screen homePC/TV formats.

Access all your contacts, all your data, all your apps, all your views, all your messages, all your feeds, all your docs on any of them ... securely and transparently ... even access all your stuff via someone else's device!

(And don't forget some biometric security ... how about pulse based, given that it's right there on your wrist??)

Nickov8
29th August, 2014 @ 12:17 am PDT

This is finally a product I am interested in. Water resistance, compact, stylish.

My biggest fears:

-that is a tiny battery, can we just make the entire wristband a battery ?

-can i install anything on the watch [non-starter if it is locked in, just another piece of fruit], e.g. - access to a "google play like store"

-why no camera?

hatleye
29th August, 2014 @ 05:35 am PDT
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