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Samsung has surprised its fans today by announcing its most rumored smartwatch - the Gear S. The device that was rumored to launch alongside the Galaxy Note 4 at the September 3rd UNPACKED Event at the IFA 2014 in Berlin comes with what is one of the most expected feature - the SIM card support.
However, as opposed to the early rumors that suggested that it would come powered by Google's Android Wear platform, it uses the company's home-brewed Tizen-based wearable OS. And Since there is a built-in SIM card slot, the Gear S has the independent capability to make and receive calls, without connecting to a parent device and also offers 3G support. Moreover, users can also get calls forwarded from their smartphone after pairing it with the wearable timepiece. What the device lacks is the IrLED.
Additionally, to make phone call experience better and easy, the South Korean tech giant has also announced an advanced Bluetooth Stereo headset called Samsung Gear Circle. Lets take a look at the specs of these devices below:
Samsung Gear S: Key Specifications
The Samsung Gear S sports a 2 inch (360 x 480 pixels) Super AMOLED Curved display. It is powered by a 1 GHz Dual-Core processor coupled with a 512MB RAM. It runs on Tizen based wearable platform and houses 4GB internal memory. Since there is a SIM card slot in the device, the device is capable of making 2G and 3G calls as well via Bluetooth. The smartwatch comes with a IP67 Certification and thus it is dust and water resistant.
Also it supports WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS/Glonass and features S Health and Heart Rate sensor. Other hardware includes: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Ambient Light, UV, Barometer and it is powered by a 300mAh Li-ion battery that promises up to 2 days of battery life.
Samsung Gear Circle: Key Features
The Samsung Gear Circle will definitely be one of the most complementing device for the Gear S smartwatch. The Bluetooth Stereo headset lets the users receive calls, listen to music, and even send voice commands.
The Gear S hardware includes: Bluetooth 3.0 with apt-X, Magnetic Sensor (Hall IC), Touch Sensor, Multi Point connection to connect two devices at a time and a 180mAh Li-ion that offers up to 300h Standby, up to 11hours Talk time and up to 9 hours of audio playback.
The headpiece has also got a magnetic lock that will help users clasp it around their neck when not in use. What is incredible about the headset is that it vibrates to notify users about any incoming calls and other notifications.
Samsung has not revealed the pricing of the Gear S smartwatch and the Gear Circle headset at the moment, but they would both start rolling out globally starting October. Pricing of the devices would be revealed at the local launch event.