Earlier, August 28, 2014 : LG was not the only one that announced its smartwatch (G Watch R) ahead of the IFA event in Berlin on September 3, as Samsung announced its Tizen OS powered smartwatch dubbed as Gear S. This new smart wearable tech from South Korean giant is positioned around its fitness oriented Fit and the more versatile range of Gear smartwatches along with the Android Wear OS.
The Gear S features a curved 2-inch Super AMOLED display, not exactly similar to the Gear Fit, but it runs on Samsung’s own interface on top of the Tizen OS. With its 3G enabled SIM slot, the smartwatch will be connected and synced up with your smartphone, even when both the devices are not too close to follow through a Bluetooth connection, that’s when 3G connection will come into play. The switching between a Bluetooth and 3G connection is easy, as both will allow automatic synchronization of information when wearable is paired to a smartphone.
Samsung will preload its own S Health app on this Gear S smartwatch, along with Nike+ Running software, indicating that it will also focus fitness wearable market. Company has also introduced Nokia’s Here maps, which will be used to get turn-by-turn navigation on the smartwatch while totally replacing any Google services like Maps from their software. That’s not it, the wearable tech also comes preinstalled with fastFT, a 24 hour news and views services from The Financial Times, which works together with a advanced reading technology powered by Spritz. This Bluetooth and 3G enabled smartwatch will let you pair smartphone as it will let you make and answer calls from your wrist, or forward the calls to your smartphone.
The Gear S also boasts water and dust resistance as the tech is IP67 certified, as well as it includes array of sensors like accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, compass, UV, Ambient light, and a hear rate sensor to accompany the S health and Nike+ Running Apps in tracking your daily health. All of this is powered by a 300 mAh battery, which according to company promise will last for two days on full recharge.
The Samsung Gear S is reported to go on sale from October as it will lightly compete with other smartwatches as well as the fitness bands in the market, though, the pricing details are unclear for now.
Earlier, September 3, 2014 : Samsung in its Unpacked event today, showcased the elegant devices and wearables, one of them was the recently announced Gear S smartwatch, which is powered by the in-house Tizen OS. It is said to be the most powerful smartwatch yet, even though you may think that it is not an Android Wear smartwatch. But the 3G connectivity and great set of software enhancement done by Samsung promises to deliver great performance and useful in all categories as the Gear S features SIM card slot, UV sensor, heart rate monitor, and great set of apps like Nokia’s Here, S Health, Nike+ running and fastFT app to track and view news 24 hours.
Earlier, October 14, 2014, 13: 00: Samsung has announced the launch of its Tizen powered smartwatch in India at a hefty price tag of INR 28,900. Though, it might be the most powerful smartwatch, offering the 3G connectivity via the SIM slot provided on the watch. But pricing it at such a high price point might not be a good idea. Even the most stylish watch, the Moto 360 will cost you as much as INR 17,999 in India.
To remind you that the Gear S specs sheet includes a 2-inch Super AMOLED curved display and boasts a rectangle dial. The device is powered by a 300mAh battery and has an interesting set of sensors stuffed inside, including the Heart rate and UV sensors. As well as it touts the IP-67 certification, which means the device has high water resistance and the dust resistance too.
Update, November 10, 2014, 13:00 : Samsung has been the uncrowned king of the smartwatch world for as long as it first entered in the smartwatch. But after Google first announced its Android Wear operating system earlier this year, since then, the smartwatch market has become crowded enough to challenge the South Korean giant for a beat down. Whereas Samsung is betting on its Tizen powered smartwatch, which is now available in India as well on company’s official eStore.
The device was officially priced at the hefty price tag of INR 28,900 when it was first announced in the country. But now on Samsung India’s eStore, it is reduced to INR 27,900, which is not still a good pricing for a smartwatch in India. It comes in a two color options of Black and White.
Source: Samsung India