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Samsung announce Gear S curved display smartwatch

Friday 29th August 2014 by William Judd in Mobile Accessories, Smartwatches, Wearables.

Samsung’s Gear Fit wearable was critically panned upon release, but everyone liked its unique curved display. The curve looked good, and it also allowed Samsung to include a much larger screen than ever would be ergonomic otherwise. Today, Samsung unveiled another curved display wearable: the Gear S smartwatch.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Gear S is that its Super AMOLED display is massive. That flexible screen has allowed Samsung to fit a 2-inch 360 x 480 screen on your wrist, without a significantly bigger footprint than the 1.65-inch Gear Live. The effect is quite striking, particularly together with the analogue watch face that Samsung have chosen in their press shots.

When it comes to hardware, the Gear S has one big trick up its sleeve: connectivity. You’ll find a SIM card slot on the back of the watch, which’ll allow it to operate independently of a smartphone. The Gear S also includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, an accelerometer, a gyro, a compass, a heart-rate monitor, an ambient light sensor, a UV sensor and a barometer. It’s an impressive litany of sensors and connectivity options. One nice advantage of  this is that you’ll be able to go for a run, record your route and fitness information, all without a smartphone bouncing around in your pocket.

Otherwise, the Gear S mirrors what we’ve seen from Samsung wearables in the past. It runs the Tizen OS and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor, backed with 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. Performance was generally improved in Samsung’s Tizen follow-up to its initial Android-based watch OS, so we should see a reasonably smooth interface here once again. The final important piece of the internals is the battery, which is 300mAh. It doesn’t sound like a lot to me, but Samsung have claimed that the device will last two days.

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  • http://www.markwheadon.com/ Mark Wheadon

    It looks great in the render. The acid test will be how good it looks in the flesh.