Samsung unveils 3G-enabled Gear S smartwatch

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Users can make and receive calls, as well as reply to text messages without the need for a Bluetooth-connected smartphone

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S smartwatch, which provides 3G connectivity for users to call and text from their wrist.

Connectivity options include 3G, Bluetooth and WiFi. The former enables users to make and receive calls directly from their wrist, or have calls forwarded from their smartphones through Bluetooth. They can also reply to incoming messages the onscreen keyboard using 3G.

The device also lets users switch between both 3G and Bluetooth, and automatically synchronise information when paired with a smartphone.

It is powered by a dual core 1GHz processor and runs Samsung’s own Tizen-based wearable platform. Featured is a two inch curved Super AMOLED screen, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. It is also IP67 certified, meaning it is water resistant in up to one metre of water for 30 minutes, as well as being dust resistant.

Other features on the Gear S include turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation powered by HERE, a 24-hour news and views service from the Financial Times and the ability to see and respond to social notifications with Facebook.

Samsung head of IT and mobile communication JK Shin claimed Samsung is leading the wearable category “through progressive innovation”, and that the Gear S “redefines the idea of a smart wearable.”

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In addition to the Gear S, Samsung also unveiled the Gear Circle (pictured right). It features a magnetic lock which clasps around the user’s neck and vibrates to signal incoming calls and notifications. Users can also make voice commands through a Bluetooth connection.

Both devices will be available in global markets in phases through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce websites and via carriers from the start of October. Availability for the UK has yet to be announced.

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