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Samsung Gear S smartwatch: stay connected without your phone

Dec 10, 2014

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A recent Nielson study showed that 36% of those who plan to buy a smartwatch want to make or receive calls, yet most wearables can only do this when used with a smartphone. The Gear S is Samsung’s first smartwatch that can be used without a smartphone. This is made possible by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor and its integrated modem with both 2G and 3G connectivity. This product is exciting news for runners, cyclists and others who want the convenience of being connected, without carrying a phone.

The Gear S is designed not only to make or receive calls, but it can also send and receive SMS texts, browse the Internet and provide turn-by-turn directions without needing a phone. It works with Bluetooth earpieces, so you can talk discretely to others without looking like Dick Tracy. If you prefer to take your calls over speakerphone, it can do that as well.

The Gear S has a screen that is 23% larger than most other smartwatches. This extra room allows you to read and reply to emails (or texts) using an on-screen keyboard or your voice. The Gear S can also connect to Wi-Fi and cellular networks so you can surf the web without a phone. To interact with apps, like the Opera Web browser, you can also use your voice or the pop-up QWERTY keyboard.

Runners, bikers and others on the go will love the fitness tracking features in the Gear S. In addition to showing steps taken and minutes exercised, the S-Health app does continuous heart rate monitoring, showing both average and peak heart rate. It also tracks calories burned, distance run, and has nice charts that show average and peak speeds. Data from S-Health or the Nike+ Running app can be exported to your phone and synced to the cloud. While you are running, you can listen to your downloaded music on a stereo Bluetooth headset, or stream over 200 radio stations.

The Gear S keeps track of your location using a built-in GPS. This can pin point your location on a map and get turn-by-turn walking directions. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, you can use the Gear S to measure UV intensity. The Gear S will even track your sleep using an internal gyroscope that monitors the amount you move during the night.

The Samsung Gear S allows you to stay connected – even when your phone is at home. It has a wide range of connectivity options including cellular, Wi-Fi and GPS support. See the Gear S in action and check out other wearable devices powered by Snapdragon processors, including the new ASUS Zenwatch, LG G Watch, LG G Watch R, Samsung Gear Live, and the ODG R-7 Glasses.

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Rick Schwartz

Senior Product Manager