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September 04, 2014

Samsung Gear S: curved smartwatch runs on Tizen

Samsung is really banking on wearables this year and the announcement of the Samsung Gear S as a companion smartwatch to the Galaxy Note 4 is another testament to that.

The Samsung Gear S has a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 260×480 pixels (273ppi). It now runs on Samsung’s Tizen OS instead of the old custom Android OS from the previous Galaxy Gear smart watches and the new Android Wear OS.

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That’s also the reason why Samsung dropped the Galaxy label and just called it Gear S (the Galaxy series pertains to Android-powered devices).

The Gear S is powered by a 1.0GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB internal storage for media and apps. It has its own built-in 3G modem so it should be able to connect to the internet independently of the smartphone. It has a on-screen keyboard so you’d be able to type and send messages right off the watch.

Samsung added a ton of sensors into the watch — GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, UV detector, barometer, and heart rate monitor. It connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone and is compatible with over 20 models (including most of the older Galaxy Sx and Note X series).

With the built-in GPS, the Gear S can actually be used to locate a car in a parking lot (as shown in their demo video).

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There are a number of really useful apps pre-installed into the Gear S, including Nike+ (functions like the Gear Fit) and HERE Maps (licensed from Nokia). It’s also going to be a problem since developers have to make new apps for the Gear S because of the new Tizen OS.

Samsung has not indicated the global release date and pricing of the Gear S but we’re hoping it would be a soon as the Note 4 is out.

Samsung Gear S with 3G connectivity officially announced

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