Samsung unveiled the Gear S smart watch at the IFA in Berlin back at the beginning of September, and now we are seeing some prices appear for it. Unlocked Mobiles from the UK have put up a pre-order page for the Gear S, with stock apparently due on October 24th.
Before we talk about the pre-order price, let’s have a quick refresh on just what the Gear S is all about. Firstly, the Gear S isn’t running Google’s Android Wear software, instead its using Samsung’s own Tizen operating system. Because it runs the Tizen OS and not Android Wear, this means that the Gear S can use more familiar looking apps such as Opera Mini.
The ‘watch face’ is actually a 2-inch Super-AMOLED display with a 360 x 480 resolution. The display isn’t exactly rectangular, as you can see from the main picture, its slightly curved so as to fit the wrist better. On the hardware side of things, the Gear S is powered by a Dual-Core processor that is clocked at 1.0GHz, with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Samsung says that the Gear S should have around 2 days of usage, thanks to the 300mAh battery. A 3.5mm headphone jack is also present. Following the trend, the Gear S is also dust-resistant (IP67) and water-resistant to 1m for up to 30 minutes. Always a handy feature in a watch.
So the hardware all sounds fairly normal doesn’t it? Well this is where things get a little different. The Gear S offers cellular support, in that it can connect to 2G and 3G networks all by itself without the need to be connected to a smart phone to have access to data. The Gear S supports 2G bands 850/900/1800/1900 and 3G bands HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100. And as previously reported, the Gear S will be available from all four of the major carriers in the US. No word on pricing or availability on that for the moment though.
Finally, the price. It’s not cheap. Unlocked Mobiles have priced the Samsung Gear S at £334.98 ($538). What do you think folks? Is it something you want? Is the Gear S’ ability to connect to 2G and 3G networks worth the extra expense over its Android Wear competitors? Let us know at our Google Plus page.