Samsung Gear S voice calling smartwatch and Gear Circle headset announced

Samsung Gear S voice calling smartwatch and Gear Circle headset announced

As expected, Samsung has officially announced the Gear S standalone smartwatch with voice calling support. In addition, the Korean giant has also announced its Bluetooth-enabled Gear Circle headset. Both the devices will be unveiled at the company’s Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event and will be showcased at the IFA 2014 in Berlin.

Samsung Gear S, as its name suggests, is the company’s first standalone smartwatch which is especially designed to be operable as a smartwatch as well as a smartphone. There is 3G connectivity support for data access and voice calling using a SIM card.

Unlike the Android Wear-based Gear Live, the Gear S runs on Tizen operating system to give better battery life and a similar smartwatch interface which debut on the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo earlier this year.

Samsung Gear S

Samsung Gear S

The Gear S features a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display with 360 x 480 pixels resolution. There is a 1GHz dual-core processor under the hood along with 512MB of RAM and 4GB internal storage. The smartwatch packs with a 300mAh battery which is claimed to provide 2 days of backup.

In terms of connectivity, the Gear S has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS and USB 2.0 port. The smartwatch comes with a list of sensors to give enough smartness, which include accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, heart rate, ambient light, UV and barometer.

Samsung has preloaded the Gear S with some content to give an additional software layer over its Tizen operating system. These content include turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation by HERE, a 24-hour news and views service from The Financial Times ‘fastFT’, reading technology from Spritz and social networking access from Facebook.

The Gear Circle, on the other hand, is a Bluetooth-enabled headset which allows users to receive calls, listen to music and make voice commands when paired with a compatible smartphone. The headset has a magnetic lock which clasps around the user’s neck when not in use and a vibrate function is also available to signal incoming calls and notifications.

Samsung Gear Circle

Samsung Gear Circle

On announcing the Gear S and Gear Circle, JK Shin, CEO and head of IT & mobile communication at Samsung Electronics, said:

“Samsung is leading this exciting and rapidly developing wearable category through progressive innovation. The Samsung Gear S redefines the idea of the smart wearable and the culture of mobile communication. It will let consumers live a truly connected life anywhere, anytime.”

Samsung will start selling the Gear S smartwatch and the Gear Circle headset in global markets in phases through its retail channels, e-commerce websites and via carriers beginning October.

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