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Samsung looks to stand out in the growing smartwatch field

If the LG G Watch R looks more like a traditional watch, Samsung’s Gear S looks more like some futuristic set piece from Star Trek. The Gear S is the latest in Samsung’s growing lineup of smartwatches, and as we reported earlier this month, it can makes/receive phone calls without the need of a companion smartphone.
 
The Gear S features a 2” AMOLED display (360x480), a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11n Wi-Fi, A-GPS/Glonass support, and IP67 water/dust resistance. Since the Gear S can make phone calls, it also has a SIM card slot and can connect to 2G/3G cellular networks.

 
Interestingly, the Gear S’ battery is a piddling 300 mAh, which is even less than the G Watch R’s 410 mAh. However, whereas LG’s smartwatch is running a slimmed down version of Android — Android Wear — the Gear S runs the relatively lightweight Tizen operating system. So despite that fact that it has Wi-Fi and a cellular radio onboard, Samsung says that the Gear 2 can last 2 days with “typical use.”

 
Launching alongside the Gear S is the Gear Circle accessory. Gear Circle is a Bluetooth headset that pairs with your smartphone, and vibrates when you have an incoming call or notification. When not in use, it can be worn around your neck (if you’re into that sort of thing). The Gear Circle will be available in white, black, and blue.
Both the Gear S and the Gear Circle will be available worldwide in October.

Source: Samsung



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Too small
By sulu1977 on 8/28/2014 2:44:42 PM , Rating: 3
The screen is too small. I want a watch with at least a 7 inch screen.




RE: Too small
By ritualm on 8/28/2014 3:09:15 PM , Rating: 2
Why stop there? A 7" capacitive display is simply not enough real estate on a wearable. Make that a sleeve that covers much of your lower arm all at once.


RE: Too small
By ProZach on 8/28/2014 3:54:44 PM , Rating: 2
Lol, probably when flexible displays withstand beyond laboratory conditions some manufacturer might make it.

Seriously, considering the limitations of watch size coupled with its tiny battery capacities it's no wonder Google went with its Glass concept. Unfortunately (I suppose) Glass has gotten a rep for creepiness.


RE: Too small
By Samus on 8/28/2014 6:15:50 PM , Rating: 2
I think this is awesome. This is where Smartwatches need to be...replacing the phone, not being a companion to them.


Camera in back of watch ?
By KOOLTIME on 8/28/14, Rating: -1
RE: Camera in back of watch ?
By av911 on 8/28/2014 3:06:53 AM , Rating: 2
Heart rate sensor.


By SublimeSimplicity on 8/28/2014 9:51:11 AM , Rating: 4
And wrist selfies


RE: Camera in back of watch ?
By Gio6518 on 8/28/2014 9:32:05 AM , Rating: 2
This is the future... It's all gonna be wearable-tech... They're going to get wider to watch video, and wouldn't surprise me if we're walking around with armbands like Leela from Futurama... This will be by end of this decade, and by end of next decade will be something similar to Google glass


RE: Camera in back of watch ?
By Gio6518 on 8/28/2014 9:34:54 AM , Rating: 2
Here's a concept of what's coming in the next few years
http://recombu.com/mobile/news/asus-waveface-ultra...


RE: Camera in back of watch ?
By Dr of crap on 8/28/2014 12:18:00 PM , Rating: 2
And taking that farther,
I can see the watch being the work horse, and then if you wanted a bigger screen, you'd carry that around in your pocket. Maybe even a foldable screen.


RE: Camera in back of watch ?
By itzmec on 8/28/2014 10:14:23 AM , Rating: 2
Doesnt the article say it has a two inch display?


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