One year. Six SmartWatches. Let’s accept right now only Samsung has the manufacturing prowess to experiment and bring out new products in an still evolving segment. When Samsung tests the market, others take a dive.
At IFA event, Samsung gave more details of their sixth Smartwatch, Gear S that can work on its own with a nano-SIM support. It just needs a first time pairing with a compatible Galaxy device and after that you can use the SmartWatch paired or otherwise. So with Gear S you can make calls, read emails as well as reply directly from the watch using a tiny on-screen keyboard and then it comes with a full range of fitness and health monitors. To it’s credit, it’s quiet different from any other SmartWatches now in terms of usability and it is almost a wrist-worn computer.
Gear S manages to push ahead the display size from the 1.63 inch screens we have seen in other Gear devices to 2-inch Super AMOLED curved display. Though massive the curved contours should make it more comfortable to wear than a rectangular block.
Samsung is trying to split their attention between Android Wear and Tizen, so they have watches running on both the platform. Gear S runs on Tizen and the company says they have 1000 apps already for the ecosystem.
Like Samsung’s other smartwatches, the Gear S features a built-in heart-rate monitor and pedometer. A new addition is the Gear S’s UV monitor, if you are worried about the sun burns. You can sync the data with S-Health app to further analyze it and monitor your fitness and health activities.
Samsung has not announced the pricing of the Gear S but it will go on sale this fall.