Samsung is strong on the move for launching smartphones and tablets almost every week. It is too early to know if the strategy will be adopted in relation to smartwatches.The fact is that the company just announced another watch: the Samsung Gear S, which has curved screen and 3G connectivity.
With Super AMOLED technology, the screen has 2 inches and a resolution of 360 × 480 pixels. It’s a fairly generous size for a watch, which makes it quite flashy on the arm. The dimensions of the device as a whole are 39.8 mm x 58.3 mm x 12.5 mm.
Internally, the Samsung Gear S has dual-core processor at 1 GHz (undisclosed model), 512 MB RAM, 4 GB for data storage and battery of 300 mAh – just for a device with a screen Super AMOLED, but Samsung Speaks in autonomy of two days. The smartwatch by Samsung is also IP67 certified, which gives it water and dust resistance.
There is also integrated GPS with HERE Maps, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11n, light sensor and heart rate monitor that works in conjunction with the S Health app.
The SIM card slot is on the back. You even get calls, according to Samsung, but the idea here is not to replace the phone: 3G connectivity is primarily intended to allow users to receive notifications and cloud data when away from Wi-Fi networks or their smartphone.
If these specs can cause any excitement, the operating system is able to do just the opposite: Gear S is based on Tizen, which can work well and have a friendly interface, but is far from having the versatility promised by Android Wear.
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Samsung Gear S arrives in major markets in October. There is no price information yet, but you can expect something unattractive on account of 3G support.