This year, Samsung released its new 3G-enabled timepiece, the Gear S, and surprisingly sales have been strong. Samsung sold an estimated 10,000 units of the Gear S through carriers SK Telecom and KT in South Korea.
That means the watch has received positive reception from consumers in its native market. However, it's difficult to say how many units it sold over the weekend. Samsung hasn't commented on sales figure of Gear S just yet.
Samsung Gear S - Preview
The Gear S, which runs Samsung's Tizen OS, is a standalone intelligent watch. It has a built in 3G SIM connectivity, offering an added advantage over other competing devices in the same class, for instance, the Motorola Moto 360. The Gear S can make calls, check messages and be connected to GPS without connected to your handset.
It's got a large, 2-inch Super AMOLED display, with a resolution of 480 x 360 resolution, and 300ppi count, is the highest yet for a smartwatch. The watch is IP67 rated, meaning it can resist rain droplets.
The Gear S runs on Tizen mobile operating system. Samsung promises as many as 1000 applications on Tizen. Under the hood is a 1GHz dual-core processor, paired with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of ROM.
The device can be connected Via 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and A-GPS. The Gear S also has accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, ambient light, UV, barometer among others. The timepiece is compatible with any Samsung phone running Android v4.3.
The Gear S is now available in India, at a price of Rs. 28,900. Meanwhile, Microsoft recently entered into wearable fitness band, the Microsoft Band. Microsoft is charging $199 or Rs. 12,200 for the device. Apple's Apple Watch, due out sometime next year, will start at $349 or Rs. 21,289.
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