The Galaxy Note 4 won’t be the only new Samsung product hitting retail this fall. The Korean tech giant has just announced its Gear S smartwatch will also be coming to the US soon and will be available through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.
The Gear S was first announced nearly a month ago as the sixth smartwatch in Samsung’s Gear lineup and by all accounts, it appears to be one of the more compelling options to come down the pipeline. It’s a bit different from most other offerings as it features a curved 2.0-inch AMOLED display designed to better fit the wearer’s wrist.
Under the proverbial hood is a dual-core CPU clocked at 1GHz, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. It also features IP67 certification for dust and water resistance and will draw power from a 300mAh battery which Samsung promises can last for up to two days on a single charge.
It’s also unique in that it’ll ship running Samsung’s Tizen mobile operating system instead of Google’s new Android Wear OS. And unlike other smartwatches that rely on Bluetooth connectivity to sync up with your smartphone, the Gear S includes its own 3G radio so it can pair with your phone even when out of Bluetooth range.
Samsung will load the watch with all of the usual sensors and fitness apps including S Health, Nike+ Running and even Nokia Here Maps for navigation.
The company still hasn’t filled us in on pricing although I expect that information and more to be delivered in the near future.