Working to expand its Gear smartwatch lineup to as many different models and styles as possible, Samsung announced the Gear S in August 2014 with a few interesting features to set it apart from the rest of the Gear lineup. First off it has a quite large 2-inch AMOLED display that's curved to better fit the wrist, and second it has stand-alone 2G and 3G connectivity, as well as Wifi, for full functionality when not connected to a phone over Bluetooth.
Though Android Wear was readily available at the time of launch — and used on Samsung's Gear Live watch — the Gear S runs Tizen like its other latest Gear devices. That means a familiar interface if you've used anything going back to the original Galaxy Gear (which since launch switched to Tizen for its OS), including a full suite of modern smartwatch features. You can even call and send messages via the watch independently of your phone (after the initial setup), if you wish.
As for specs, the Gear S has a pretty basic set of internals for a computer that's strapped to your wrist. A 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of RAM run things, while a 300mAh battery purports two days of "typical usage." On the underside of the band you'll find a heart rate sensor, building into Samsung's S Health platform, paired with IP67 water and dust resistance for when you're exercising.
a phone for your arm
26 November 2014
Samsung didn't just make another smartwatch — it made a really small phone for your wrist
Samsung helped launch the idea of a modern smartwatch to general consumers when it unveiled the original Galaxy Gear. That was in September of last year, if you can believe it, and since then Samsung has launched four more smartwatches — the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit and Gear Live. And here we are just over a year after its first smartwatch, and Samsung launched its sixth — the Gear S.
Going in the opposite direction of the “less is more” philosophy of Android Wear, Samsung is simply going with more on the Gear S. It has a huge 2-inch curved AMOLED display, piles of features and a bevy of health-related sensors on board. Samsung even went a step further, including standalone Wifi and 3G support so you can leave your phone at home and go watch-only when needed.
Calling this a “smartwatch” actually sells it short a bit — the Gear S has more in common with basic smartphones than other watches. Read along and see how Samsung pulled it together in our full Gear S review.
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