No need for a smartphone when it comes to this smartwatch
No need for a smartphone when it comes to this smartwatch
No need for a smartphone when it comes to this smartwatch

The smartwatch news just seems to keep coming today. Not only has LG unveiled the look and details of its new swanky new G Watch R, Samsung has also decided to lift the covers of its new Gear S smartwatch as well.

It might not have taken the conventional watch design look as LG but the upcoming Samsung Gear S still looks a tad better than most smartwatch offering in the market. It also has another feature that’ll set it apart from its fellow South Korean compatriot. It can function as a stand alone device, complete with SIM-card support and 3G connectivity.

This is by no means a new development in the smartwatch arena though and LG themselves have had its own stand alone 3G smartwatch, the GD 910. The thing is, the concept never really took off. Samsung however seems to think that maybe with the Gear S, it’ll be a different story. So aside from the stand alone connectivity, what else is in store for us from the Samsung Gear S? It’s not an Android Wear device we can tell you that. Instead Sammy’s new smartwatch runs on the Tizen OS much like the Gear 2, as they try to differentiate themselves from the rest of the Android Wear army that is bound to come.

The Samsung Gear S
The Samsung Gear S

As for what’s inside it, Samsung has revealed that the Gear S is powered by a dual-core 1.0Ghz processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. There’s also a bunch of sensors like the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, heart rate monitor, ambient light sensor, UV sensor, GPS and barometer, all which will also support the watch’s health and fitness tracking apps, including Nike + Running. There’s also Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity as well. Makes us wonder just how the 300mAh Li-ion is going to power all that for around 2 days. Oh and it, like the LG G Watch R, is also IP67 rated for dust and water proofing. 

Like its fellow South Korean compatriot, Samsung will be likely be displaying the Gear S at IFA 2014 next week. As for availability, according to the company, they’ll be releasing it in phases via their channels starting from October onwards.

Source: Samsung