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Samsung Gear S: Smartwatch like Dick's (but not Android)

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Tizen on your wrist makes calls, standalone

Samsung unveils Gear S smartwatch. It doesn't need to pair with a phone, and it eschews Android Wear.

With a release date sometime in October, it's one of several devices to be shown off in Germany, at next week's IFA.

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Our old chums, 예원강 and Tim Hornyak, report from sunny 서울:

Ahead of next week’s IFA trade show in Berlin...Samsung Electronics announced the Gear S, its first smartwatch with 3G. ... That makes the Gear S one of the few smartwatches on the market that can act as a stand-alone device.

Powered by the Tizen operating system, it has a 2-inch, curved Super AMOLED display [at] 360 by 480...512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of [storage] a 300 mAh lithium-ion battery that lasts two days...heart-rate monitor and UV monitors...Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.  
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And here are a few more feeds and speeds from Liam Spradlin:

Dual-core processor...accelerometer, gyroscope, compass...barometer.

3G connectivity on 900/2100 or 850/1900 bands (and 2G connectivity on 900/1800 or 850/1900). Samsung doesn't give up any pricing...but says it will be available..."in phases" starting in October.  
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Eh, David Meyer. Oppa Gangnam Style: [You're fired -Ed.]

Here’s a new wrinkle on the smartwatch. ... It can pair with the user’s smartphone, but it can also effectively act as a standalone cellphone. ... The appeal of Android Wear is questionable – it’s mostly about notifications and its apps aren’t hugely compelling yet. To my mind, the Gear S may provide a good alternative.

This could be very attractive to those who like the smartwatch idea but don’t want the data to feed into Google’s profiling engine. The only clear downside I can see is that the Gear S will require its own SIM card.  
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Darrell Etherington does design:

The Gear S’s hardware design might be its more impressive feature, as we’re finally starting to see displays that wrap around the contours of the wrist, rather than sticking out as a traditional flat surface.

[It] has HERE navigation provided by Nokia, as well as Spritz speed-reading. It also includes GPS sensors [and] IP67 dust and water resistance.

[But] how many smartwatches from one company can consumers stand? Especially one based on Tizen, now that Google has thrown its weight behind Android Wear?  
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Type-40 TARDIS agrees, wishing Samsung hadn't regenerated an OS:

No Android Wear? DOA. Stupid Tizen. Stop trying to make Tizen happen, Samsung. It’s not happening.  MORE

 
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