Samsung’s Gear S boasts untethered 3G

Samsung Canada’s new Gear S wearable allows 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. 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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