Samsung Gear S packs a large, curved Super AMOLED display

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.


Gear S smartwatch to officially hit US shores this fall

Samsung has officially confirmed that its Gear S standalone smartwatch is all set to launch in the US this fall. The smartwatch will be available in black and white color options. That said, the Korean manufacturer isn’t revealing any pricing details, nor are they being specific with dates.

In a brief press release, Samsung stated that the Gear S, which happens to be its first smartwatch that doesn’t need pairing with a smartphone or tablet, will be available via AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, as well as unlocked.

The smartwatch comes with integrated cellular connectivity, making the Gear S much more independent compared to other smartwatches currently on the market. It does not depend on your phone to pull down social media updates or email notifications. Besides, you can even make phone calls with the Gear S, though it won’t use the same number as your primary smartphone.

Just like the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung hasn’t revealed all the details about the Gear S for now, which will hit the US market long before the Apple Watch – due until next year.


Samsung Power Sharing cable charges microUSB devices with Galaxy phone or tab

Samsung has launched a new Power Sharing cable that lets you use select Galaxy phones and tablets to charge your other devices that have a microUSB port. Priced at $19.99, the cable can be used to share power with any device that has a microUSB port, including wearables and Bluetooth headsets.

That said, Samsung also suggests that the cable won’t let you fully charge your device. Though, it’ll come in real handy when there’s no power source around. You’ll need to download Samsung’s Power sharing app from Samsung Apps or via the Play Store, and then select the amount of power-sharing with another device.

Samsung has listed the following devices capable of sharing power using the new cable: Galaxy S5, Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Galaxy Tab S 8.4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Avant, and Galaxy Note 4.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders begin September 19

The Galaxy Note 4 witnessed its global unveiling during the IFA tech show in Berlin. That said, Samsung didn’t announce the handset’s release date during its official unveiling.

Now, the Korean manufacturer has officially announced the Galaxy Note 4’s availability. According to Samsung, the handset will be available starting October 17, with pre-orders set to begin tomorrow, September 19th. For now, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have confirmed the availability of the handset on the aforementioned date. Other carriers operating in the country are yet to announce the Galaxy Note 4 on their networks.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 runs Android 4.4 KitKat and features a 5.7-inch Quad-HD (1440×2560 pixel) Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 515ppi. Under the hood, it gets powered by a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor paired with 3GB of RAM. The device comes with 32GB of built-in storage, which is further expandable via a microSD slot.

In the camera department, the Galaxy Note 4 features a 16MP with auto-focus and Smart OIS. For selfies, the handset has a 3.7MP front-facing shooter with f/1.9 lens. It comes with a 3220mAh battery with Adaptive Fast charging support which Samsung claims charges from 0-50 percent in just 30 minutes.