The curved display found on the Gear S smartwatch may not be first we’ve seen in Samsung’s line of wearable products. That said, it’s certainly the largest we’ve seen so far thanks to its 2-inch OLED display. Not to mention, with 3G capability on-board, the Gear S one of the few smartwatches that lets you get online without a smartphone.
The Gear S standalone smartwatch will be available via AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. Besides, AT&T has confirmed that you can get a preview of the smartwatch in 125 of its retail stores.
Apart from its large curved Super AMOLED display, the smartwatch’s other key highlight would be its connectivity. The Gear S can use 3G and WiFi, making it one of the few smartwatches to do so. It also gets Bluetooth capability which links the smartwatch with a compatible smartphone even when the phone is not in range.
“The Samsung Gear S redefines the idea of the smart wearable device and the culture of mobile communication. It will let consumers live a truly connected life anywhere, anytime,” said J.K Shin, CEO and head of IT and mobile communication, Samsung Electronics.
The Gear S gets powered by a 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and a 3000mAh battery. According to Samsung, the Gear S battery can last up to 48 hours. It’s also worth noting that unlike other wearable devices, the Gear S does not run Android Wear operating system. Instead, the device comes pre-loaded with Samsung’s in-house Tizen OS which offers a wide array of apps. As for pricing, Samsung isn’t spilling all the details for now.