Published on August 29th, 2014 | by James Smythe1
Samsung Gear S Smartwatch includes 3G modem
It looks like several new smartwatches are going to be released soon, including the speculated Apple version. Samsung have joined in with the fun with the announcement of their 3rd generation smartwatch. The Gear S is much more attractive than previous generations using a curved AMOLED display (360*480 resolution) that wraps around your wrist more naturally.
The stand out feature has to be the inclusion of a 3G modem meaning you will be able to send and receive messages or make calls even when not connected to you mobile.
The product is based on the Tizen operating system and can run programs specially developed for it. By default, the smartwatch is equipped with an email client, maps by Nokia Here, a music player, a calendar, a weather app, a 24-hour news and views fastFT service from The Financial Times, Facebook app, S Health, Nike+ Running and so on.
Other specifications include dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB of NAND flash storage, heart-rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, barometer and 300mAh Li-ion battery (which is enough for two days, according to Samsung). The Gear S also sports Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, A-GPS/GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.1, 2G (900/1800 or 850/1900) and 3G (900/2100 or 850/1900) connectivity.
In addition to the Gear S, Samsung also introduced the Gear Cycle, a special Bluetooth handsfree device that allows users to receive calls, listen to music, and make voice commands. The device features a magnetic lock which clasps around the user’s neck when not in use, as well as a vibrate function to signal incoming calls and notifications.