Samsung has lifted the lid on its latest smartwatch, the Gear S, which
with 3G connectivity has the power to make and receive calls.
The Gear S sports a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display and
inside offers a dual-core 1GHz processor. Also inside the watch is
a 180mAh battery, which apparently gives the wearer up to 300 hours
of standby time or 11 hours of talk time.
Unlike many recent smartwatches from Android phone
manufacturers, it does not run Android Wear, but Samsung’s own
Tizen operating system. This means it will be able to take
advantage of the whole portfolio Gear apps Samsung developers have
built for the company’s wearable devices, including S Health.
Samsung sees the main feature of the Gear S though as its
ability to make and receive calls over 3G. This is the first time a
smartwatch has truly had this functionality built into it without
it just being a mouthpiece connected to a phone via Bluetooth. The
Gear S does also have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on board, but it does not
tie the user to being close to their phone in order to receive
their alerts and notifications, or read and reply to their emails
Our first impressions of the Gear S are that it’s a handsome
device, but quite big. We’ll be sure to bring you a full hands-on
from IFA next week in Berlin, where we’ll be curious to find out
how that curved screen feels when it’s actually on the wrist.
The Gear S will be available in black and white and will start
to roll out globally from early October.