LG isn't the only company announcing a new smartwatch today. Samsung has announced a new device in their line of Gear smartwatches. Their latest watch is the Samsung Gear S, and it's one of the only smartwatches on the market that sports 3G connectivity. This allows it to function on its own without having to be forever tethered to a smartphone to access notifications and other content.

The other unique feature of the Gear S is its 2" curved OLED display with a resolution of 320x480. Samsung believes that a convex display allows for a more ergonomic and comfortable smartwatch. With its curved rectangular display the form factor of the Gear S is like a cross between fitness bands and smartwatches.

Inside it features an unnamed 1GHz dual core CPU paired with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of NAND. Samsung rates the 300mAh battery inside for two days of usage. Like most of Samsung's other smartwatches, it includes a heart rate sensor and IP67 dust and water resistance rated for 30 minutes of submersion in up to 1 meter of water.

Unlike most other smartwatches, the Gear S runs Samsung's Tizen operating system rather than Google's Android Wear platform. It includes some of Samsung's software like S Health and their smartwatch music player. Between Tizen's built in applications and the watch's support for WiFi and 3G networking, the Gear S may be the first smartwatch that can act as its own device rather than an extension of a user's smartphone.

Samsung will begin sales of the Gear S in early October. Pricing is yet to be announced.

Source: Samsung Mobile Press

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  • Notmyusualid - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    My Gear 2 Neo lasts 2 days, can't quite make 3 though...

    Oh, and it is SO useful, try one and you'll see. I'll be wearing a smartwatch for the rest of my life.

    And as for this product? Shut up and take my money!
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  • Notmyusualid - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    EDIT: I feel I must add, I have a black background enabled, and it is noticably better than having the coloured screen backgrounds set. Reply
  • SultanD - Sunday, September 14, 2014 - link

    Well said! My thoughts exactly. Reply
  • jjj - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - link

    It also has wifi and UV sensor it seems Reply
  • rpmurray - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - link

    Only a 2" screen? Call me when they have a 5", 2" is too small to do any serious work. Reply
  • melgross - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - link

    You're kidding, right? You expect to wear a watch with a 5" screen? Reply
  • FunBunny2 - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - link

    A big boned sort of guy? Reply
  • rpmurray - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - link

    I'm sure as soon as Samsung releases one it will be proclaimed superior to all those other smartwatches with smaller displays. They pioneered size over substance. Reply
  • name99 - Thursday, August 28, 2014 - link

    Of course he's kidding.
    It's sarcasm based on the never-ending "iPhone sux because the screen is too small" nonsense.
    Reply
  • Notmyusualid - Sunday, August 31, 2014 - link

    Samsung:

    Please add a micro usb port, so I don't have to use that bloody charge cradle thingy, that I've lost twice already! Or better yet, add inductive charging to it.

    Also, add a better speaker, if you can.

    Consider making it possible to use g
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