Samsung has launched its latest Gear S smartwatch based on its homegrown Tizen OS, which can function as a standalone smartwatch along with 3G connectivity.
The curved Gear S features a 2-inch AMOLED display with 360×480 resolution. The smartwatch is powered by dual core 1 GHz processor along with 512 MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage. The device includes Bluetooth 4.1, 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi connectivity and includes popular apps like Nike+ Running, S health and S voice. The dust and water-resistant IP67-certified smartwatch is powered by a 300mAh battery.
“Users can seamlessly make and receive calls directly from the wrist, or get calls forwarded from their smartphones,” said Samsung.
The Tizen OS-based smartwatch blends into the user’s wrist without sticking out like other smartwatches. An exclusive mini version of the HERE maps app recently licensed by Samsung is also included in the device along with GPS sensors, gyroscope, compass, barometer, heart rate monitor and an accelerator.
Along with the Gear S, Samsung will also launch Gear Circle, a necklace-like device that can be connected via Bluetooth to receive notifications in the form of vibrations, sound and features a microphone for voice commands. Samsung’s Android based Gear Live did not catch up in the smartwatch market and ventured into Tizen based Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Samsung hopes that the latest standalone smartwatch will appeal to the mass market.
The Samsung Gear S and Gear Circle will be available in October in black and white colors. The company has not revealed pricing details, though more features are expected to be revealed during the IFA trade show in Berlin next week. LG also will showcase its G Watch R smartwatch during the event.
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