Ahead of the curve – Smart Samsung Gear S

They today announced a Gear with a sim which of course potentially divorces it from the smartphone.

The spec they give as:

  • Network  – 900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G), 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G)
  • Display – 2.0” Super AMOLED (360 x 480)
  • AP – Dual core 1.0 GHz
  • OS – Tizen based wearable platform
  • Audio – Codec: MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG
  • Features – Communications: – 2G, 3G Call, Bluetooth Call, Contacts, Notifications, Messages, Emails, QWERTY Keyboard
  • Health & Fitness – S Health, Nike+ Running
  • Information – Schedule, News, Navigation, Weather
  • Media – Music Player, Gallery
  • Others – S Voice, Find My Device, Power Saving Mode IP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant
  • Samsung Services – Samsung Gear Apps
  • Connectivity – WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS/Glonass, Bluetooth®: 4.1, USB: USB 2.0
  • Sensors – Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, UV, Barometer
  • Memory – RAM: 512MB, Storage: 4GB Internal Memory
  • Dimensions (mm) – 39.8 x 58.3 x 12.5T
  • Battery – 300mAh Li-ion, Typical Usage 2 days

The Samsung Gear S will be available in global markets in phases through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce websites and via carriers beginning October when it is also expected that pricing will be announced.

We wonder if this is a preemptive move in advance of an Apple wearable announcement in the last quarter.

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