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Samsung’s new Gear S smartwatch provides standalone phone calls and text messages that don’t mandate smartphone connectivity.

We’ve heard about Samsung Group’s plans to launch a smartwatch that could make calls and send text messages in standalone fashion, but the rumor has now become a reality.

Samsung’s new smartwatch, called the Gear S, allows you to make phone calls independently of a smartphone and without necessary Bluetooth connectivity. The Gear S also comes with a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display (as opposed to the 1.6-inch display of the Gear 1 and Gear 2) with a 360 x 480 screen resolution, Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, pedestrian navigation capabilities, and 3G connectivity (as opposed to 4G LTE). The Gear S also features a barometer, ambient light sensor, compass, UV monitor, and heart rate monitor (or pulse rate reader, as some have said). A QWERTY keyboard now allows you to send text messages from your wrist, instead of seeing a “view this message in full on your mobile device” that ruins the mood.

One of the features we here at Inferse liked most about the Galaxy Gear (first-generation Samsung Group smartwatch), and the Gear 2 (distinct from the Gear 2 Neo, which lacks a camera) was the camera. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear camera takes photos in 720p, but the Gear 2 provides Full HD photo capabilities so that your pictures look better than ever.

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Since Samsung’s own press release mentions a “gallery” under media features, we can assume that the Gear S continues Samsung’s camera domination. Last but not least, Samsung Group’s Gear S smartwatch is IP67 certified water and dust-resistant.

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Pricing is another factor that we know nothing about at the moment. According to earlier rumors some months ago, however, Samsung Group was talking with carriers about bringing a 4G LTE experience to its next-generation Gear smartwatch. Apparently, Samsung decided to go at it alone with a 3G experience that the company will make possible by way of a USIM card placed into the Gear S.

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What we do know for sure is that Samsung Group’s Gear S will run on Samsung’s own operating system, Tizen. Samsung’s been developing Tizen as a viable alternative to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, and Google and Samsung have both had some tense words since Samsung unveiled its Gear Live smartwatch that runs Android Wear (after announcing its Gear 2 smartwatches that, contra the Galaxy Gear, run Tizen instead of Android). Samsung provided an over-the-air (OTA) update for the first-generation Galaxy Gear via Kies Air to allow Galaxy Gear users the opportunity to update their smartwatch from Android to Tizen.

Product Specifications:

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
Sensor Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, UV, Barometer
Memory RAM: 512MB Storage: 4GB Internal Memory
Dimension 39.8 x 58.3 x 12.5T
Battery 300mAh Li-ion Typical Usage 2days

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