Just a week shy of the IFA 2014 event, Samsung has officially announced the 3G compatible Gear S smartwatch. The device will be shown off extensively in Berlin, but the Korean manufacturer has been kind enough to give us an early look at the hardware. As is obvious from first glance, the Gear S comes with a curved display and a unique design which means it will wrap around the user’s wrist more comfortably. The smartwatch also has a central home button, which has become an iconic symbol for Samsung devices over the past few years.
Perhaps the only downside is that the device runs Tizen out of the box, so it is only compatible with Samsung smartphones and tablets at the moment. This comes as a bit of a surprise given that Android Wear is all the talk these days. But clearly, Samsung has a lot of faith in its own wearable platform. Using Tizen has also given Samsung the liberty to add a cellular radio inside, which means that it can operate independently as well.
The Super AMOLED display on the Gear S is 2 inches in size with a resolution of 360 x 480 pixels. The smartwatch also comes with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, support for 3G or 2G networks and a 300 mAh battery which will supposedly last two days. The Gear S will be reportedly available for purchase starting in October with no word on the pricing as of yet.