Samsung has expanded its smartwatch lineup with the new Gear S. Unlike the existing Gear smartwatches, the Gear S does not require to be tethered to a smartphone to carry out a call since it comes with a dedicated SIM card slot. The Gear S supports only 3G, runs on Tizen-based platform and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM.
In addition to the SIM card support, another biggest change in the Gear S is the display, which is a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display (360×480). There’s no memory expansion slot so you’re stuck with 4GB of internal memory and a 300mAh battery that promises up to 2 days of run time.
The Gear S is IP67 certified for its water and dust resistance, features heart rate/UV/Barometer sensors, supports over 1000 Gear apps from the store and comes pre-loaded with S Health, Nike+ Running, S Voice, Power Saving Mode and more.
Samsung also announced the Gear Circle earphone for the Gear S. The earphones have a metal clasp that can be worn around the neck when not in use.
Samsung has not revealed the price but plans to sell the Gear S and the Gear Circle sometime in October.