Not one to rest on its laurels while competition is catching up, Samsung has once again come up with another smartwatch—and it comes with a brilliant twist: it’s like a smartphone by itself. The Samsung Gear S can make calls and gain Internet access even without a paired handset.
You can think of Samsung Galaxy Gear S as Cherry Mobile’s G1 Watch Phone that’s way cooler (but expectedly more expensive and sans the slide-out physical keypad). With a single slot to insert a SIM card, this smartwatch can connect to 2G and 3G networks in order to, for instance, check their social network accounts and access data-dependent applications. And similar to other smartwatches before it, the Gear S also sports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity so it can pair up with another smart device and synchronize information with them.
Connectivity aside, the Samsung Gear S also employs a 1GHz dual core processor, along with 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM. Its 2-inch Super AMOLED display has a 360-by-480 resolution and touts a beautifully curved design. Other specs include IP67-certified dust and water resistance, voice assistance, GPS and GLONASS, and a heart rate monitor. With a 300mAh Li-Ion battery, the Gear S is expected to last up to 2 days on typical usage. Samsung has opted to skip Android Wear in favor of its own Tizen OS to run the smartwatch.
The Samsung Gear S is expected to be commercially available starting in October. More information will be disclosed at the IFA 2014 tradefair in Berlin.