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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