Samsung today unveiled its Tizen powered Gear S smartwatch. Samsung, has now officially gone ahead, in this race to launch smartwatches, with the launch of yet another device in the gear series.
First thing, the smartwatch is powered by Samsung’s self developed, Tizen OS and not Android Wear. It has long been rumoured that Samsung plans to release its Tizen OS on a larger scale, to decrease its dependence on Android. Well, it doesn’t seem to be happening in the smartphone segment, but as far as smartwatch is concerned, Samsung has definitely scored.
Samsung’s Galaxy gear S packs in many firsts. It is the first such smartwatch which has a curved SUPER AMOLED display, measuring 2 inch diagonally. Also, it is one of the first to have a 3G connectivity feature, which essentially means, that you wouldn’t require a smartphone to make calls or receive emails and messages.
Apart from the 3G connectivity feature, this wrist-mounted smartphone also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Samsung has also released a Bluetooth headset, the Galaxy Circle, along with the Galaxy Gear S.
In terms of hardware, it’s packing 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM, plus a dual-core 1.0 GHz processor. It has IP67 dust and water resistance, and a 300mAh battery. The battery, which looks pretty small to us, considering all those connectivity features, is claimed by Samsung to last 2 days of usage under normal conditions.
The Gear S will be available starting in October, though pricing hasn’t been announced.