Samsung’s Gear S wearable boasts 3G

Samsung Canada is promising its new Gear S wearable will allow users to do more, even when they’re not tethered to their smartphone.

The Gear S is the latest addition to Samsung’s line of Gear wearables, and it will be rolling out in Samsung stores and with carriers beginning Nov. 14. It features a new curved design and 3G connectivity and new functionality for users, whether they’re connected to their smartphones or not.

“The Samsung Gear S defines the next level of wearables,” said Paul Brannen, executive vice-president, mobile solutions with Samsung Canada, in a statement. “Whether making calls, receiving calls, or keeping in touch and updated, the Gear S delivers the freedom and connectivity our consumers want – right on their wrists.”

The Gear S features 3G, Bluetooth and WiFi as connectivity options for checking on calendar and app notifications, calls and social networking. As a fitness companion, the Gear S features enhanced multi-sensors and a built-in GPS and is compatible with fitness apps such as Nike+ and S Health3.

To extend how far the Gear S can go on a charge, its charger cradle doubles as an extra 315 mAh battery pack. The wearable also features a new Power Saving Mode, which can reduce power consumption by changing the display to black and white and limiting non-essential functions.

The device itself features a 2” curved Super AMOLED display and is powered by a Dual Core 1.0GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. It runs the Tizen-based wearable platform OS and is compatible with the Samsung Gear Apps store. Sensors include an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, heart rate, ambient light, UV and barometer.

Suggested pricing is $399.00.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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