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Samsung Gear S: The start of a new era for smartwatches

The Samsung Gear S will be the first 3G-enabled smartwatch. Read more about it below.

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It seems Samsung isn’t waiting to IFA to show off some of its latest devices. The Gear S is their next attempt at a smartwatch and although it follows in the same footsteps as its predecessors, there are several noticeable changes and improvements to note. For one, the Gear S will include a curved display. It’s arguably more aesthetically pleasing than the clunky dial on some of the current competition and should make it a bit comfier to wear as well.

It includes the same two-inch AMOLED display as the original Gear smartwatches, but will be the first smartwatch to run Samsung’s own operating system, Tizen. Arguably the biggest addition is the inclusion of 3G, which will enable users to stay connected to their smartphones without the need for Bluetooth.

The Samsung Gear S will come pre-loaded with Samsung’s own S Health app and also Nike’s running software, making it a suitable substitution from the range of fitness bands already on the market. Although the 300mAh battery might not sound like much, it should provide users with nearly two days of use before needing to be charged.

No official news on pricing, as of yet, but the Samsung Gear S will be going on sale in October.

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For further coverage on the latest wearables to hit the market, make sure to check out the latest issue of Android Magazine.

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