Samsung Throws a Curve with a Giant Display on the Gear S Smartwatch

Gear S Smartwatch

The display on the new Samsung Gear S smartwatch may not be the first in the company’s line of wearables to feature a curved face. But with a 2-inch OLED display, it is certainly the largest. And with 3G connectivity, the Gear S is one of the few smartwatches allowing you to get online even if you are nowhere near your smartphone.

Samsung has just announced that four of the top mobile carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless — will be offering the new wearable device. And AT&T announced late last week that customers could begin previewing the device in 125 of its retail stores.

This makes the sixth in Samsung’s line of smartwatches since announcing the Samsung Galaxy Gear last year. Since then, other tech companies including Apple, HTC, Motorola, and Sony have all announced plans for similar devices.

Samsung announced plans for the Gear S smartwatch at the end of August, around the time the company was unveiling one of its more unusual wearable devices, a tech necklace called the Samsung Gear Circle. But this is the first time the company has announced more specific details about the new smartwatch’s release.

Besides its large curved Super AMOLED display, the Gear S’s other main selling point may be its connectivity. The new wearable device will use 3G and WiFi to access the Web. Its Bluetooth connection keeps the Gear S linked to a compatible smartphone even when that phone is not in immediate proximity.

That means you’ll be able to send and receive phone calls and use other functions even when you don’t have your smartwatch on you, according to the company.

In a recent release on the device, Samsung Electronics CEO and head of IT and mobile communication J.K. Shin explained:

“The Samsung Gear S redefines the idea of the smart wearable device and the culture of mobile communication. It will let consumers live a truly connected life anywhere, anytime.”

Android Central also reports that the Gear S smartwatch will operate on a 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and a 300mAh battery. Samsung says the Gear S battery can last up to 2 full days.

Unlike some newer wearable devices, the Gear S will not use the Android Wear operating system. Instead, the device relies on the Tizen operating system. Tizen is Samsung’s answer to Android as a mobile OS.

No pricing has been discussed for the new Gear S, yet. However, Samsung’s first Galaxy Gear smartwatch currently retails at $199. So this may be some indication of what we can expect in terms of pricing on the new device.

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Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Editor for Small Business Trends and the Head of Content Partnerships. A journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional and online media, he is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press, covering his hometown.

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  1. Is this the next new gadget? From smartphones to tablets, we now have wearables. I am still doubting how far it can go though because the screen is still significantly smaller compared to smartphones and tablets.

  2. It looks clunky! 😉 I am going for the more stylish Apple Watch someday in the future… Or, how about a real money watch, including a silver coin?

  3. This is probably the design apple sheeple were hoping for. It’s so much better and more stylish than that junky thing Apple threw together last minute to appease their cult that they were at least interested in being in the watch market. Samsung definitely beat them to the punch with the better looking device.

    Samsung’s 6th watch already. Time for apple to admit they’re no longer innovators, and now are just playing keep up with the better products.

    • Bob, Your are so right! As an apple sheeple I was not happy to see what Apple had come up with. The Samsung watch is so much better. Samsung is making better products.

  4. Will this item have the prop 65 warning like the gear 2 neo