(IFA 2014) Samsung Announces Gear S
Samsung definitely had a busy time at IFA announcing devices. It was also at IFA that the Korean Manufacturing Behemoth decided to unveil its latest wearable device powered by its in-house Tizen Operating System: the Samung Gear S.
At IFA in Berlin, Samsung boasted originating the wearables category with their first Galaxy Gear. They noted, however, that this particular category and consumer technology in general is rapidly progressing entering a phase where it may just take leaps.
So how does the Gear S fit into that statement? Well, Samsung lauds the device as being the first smartwatch to become untethered from the smartphone. The Gear S comes with a SIM slot allowing it to have its own connectivity via 3G in addition to the already standard Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity expected of a Samsung Gear device. This allows the Gear S to receive notifications from your social media, calendars and applications without depending on your smartphone.
So what’s in the guts of the Gear S? The new Samsung wearable is powered by an unspecified 1.0 GHz processor with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory. This comes with a 2.0 inch curved Super AMOLED display with a 360 x 480 pixels resolution. The Gear S comes with WiFi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0 connectivity and also A-GPS and GLONASS connectivity. The Gears S comes with an Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ultraviolet, Ambient Light and Barometer sensors. All of these features are powered by a 300 mAh lithium ion battery which Samsung claims gives it 2 days of typical use.
In addition, the Gear S comes with a SIM slot which gives it 3G connectivity. With this connectivity comes the added benefits of the device being able to make calls independently of the smartphone as well as receive messages and emails. The device will feature a full QWERTY keyboard.
The device measures 39.8 x 58.3 x 12.5 mm and weighs in at 67g for the Blue Black version and 84g for the white version though no explanation has been given for the added weight. The device will also have IP 67 dust and water resistance.
Accessories & Applications
Samsung is not one to leave a device without accessories. The first up is a partnership with Swarovski in which crystal clad accessories are coming to the Note 4 and Gear S. The Swarovski partnership takes centre stage when it comes to the removable strap of the Gear S. In addition, there will be a slew of other options for the Gear S which is said to be rolling out soon with no specifics given.
In addition to this, Samsung has teamed up with Nike to bring the Nike+ Running app to the Gear S – becoming one of the first non iPhone devices to get support. This in addition to the S Health suite which comes with all Samsung devices in addition to S Voice, Find my device and Power Saving mode.