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Samsung Gear S set to release in the U.S. this fall


Samsung Gear S is set to release in US markets by fall and will be available through leading carriers like AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint. The company stated that it would release more information, including pricing “is coming soon”.galaxy_gear_s

The standalone smartwatch was unveiled at the IFA 2014 event can make calls and receive notifications with connecting it to a smartphone. The Curved Gear S features a heart monitor, pedometer, UV sensor and several fitness applications. AT&T will launch the devices in its stores from Sep 26 but the release date and pricing have not been announced. The device offers 3G connectivity and built-in microphone for voice commands.

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The Gear S smartwatch run own the company’s own Tizen OS and will feature a catalog of more than 1000 apps during the launch. Samsung’s Health S app compiles biometric information throughout the day from the band while the Nike+ app is aimed at runners. The device is powered by a 300mAh battery that will provide two days’ backup and the power on/off button is located below the display.

The smartwatch can almost offer the basic functions of a smartphone after inserting a SIM card. The wearable device features a Super AMOLED 2-inch display with 360×480 resolution, powered by dual-core 1GHz processor with 512 MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. Samsung’s first smartwatch is likely to attract users as it can function as a standalone wearable device. With a range of smartwatches in the market, including the newly released Apple Watch which requires iOS for tethering, the Gear S will provide tough competition.

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