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28th August 2014

Samsung's range of smartwatches is expanding at a very fast pace, and this latest Tizen-based offering, the Samsung Gear S, makes the original Tizen offerings look rather clunky.

We've covered Tizen before, but a brief version of this operating system's long and very complicated story would be to say that this is a open source Linux-based operating system that has Samsung as one of the primary development partners. Tizen is functionally similar to Android, but it is completely independent from that platform.

 Samsung Gear S

So far the only Tizen devices commercially available are smartwatches (as the Samsung Z smartphone seems to be delayed) but the twist with this particular smartwatch is that it also takes a SIM card and it doesn't need to be paired with another phone at all. Does this mean that the Gear S is also a tiny wrist-mounted smartphone in it's own right? Quite possibly.

But perhaps the most obvious external difference between the Gear S and previous generations of wrist-mounted devices is the curved display which makes the device look sleek and elegant, and all the previous generations look like clunkers.

As well as having built-in 2G and 3G support, the Gear S also has WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 and USB 2.0 connectivity plus GPS and GLONASS positioning systems, a full set of sensors including a heart rate and UV monitor, plus a media player plus a set of other applications. All of this is built around a device with a 1.0GHz dual-core CPU with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, a 2.0" 360 x 480 pixel AMOLED display and a 300 mAh battery. Heck, we've seen fully-blown smartphones with less power than that, but all this wraps up in a package measuring just 40 x 58 x 12.5mm. Usefully, the Gear S is water and dust resistant to IP67 specifications too.

 Samsung Gear S

Although this all seems very new, it is worth remembering Samsung were doing something somewhat similar five years ago with the S9110 watch phone, although that was a 2G device with pretty limited functionality, but like the Gear S it could make phone calls by itself.

Samsung say that the Gear S should be available from October onwards. No guidance was given on price, but we would expect it to be significantly more than the current retail price of around €300 for the less powerful Gear 2.

Samsung Gear S at a glance


Q4 2014


GSM 900 / 1800 or 850 / 1900

UMTS 900 / 2100 or 850 / 1900


GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + WiFi


2.0" 360 x 480 pixels





40 x 58 x 12.5mm


Yes (4.1)

Internal memory:


Memory card:



1.0GHz dual-core






Yes (plus GLONASS)



Battery life:

2 day use (300 mAh cell)

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