Samsung is seemingly never satisfied with their current bevy of products and instead has to dip their toe in every different niche ocean to see if they will sink or swim. The latest of their products is the Gear S, yes another smartwatch from the Korean manufacturer. This time the watch has its own radios for calling and texting so it can function as a standalone device without the need for a compatible smartphone. Along with the S, they announced the Gear Circle which, despite being a perfect name for a circular smartwatch, are actually bluetooth headphones that when physically are connected to each other form a circle.

The Gear S has several specifications that are unique to its model but the main offering that it provides is the fact that it can be used as a standalone device, thanks to the included 3G radio inside. Some of the other specs that the S boasts are:

  • 2.0" SAMOLED display @ 360x480 pixels

  • OS: Tizen

  • 300mAh battery

  • 1GHz Dual-core processor

  • 512MB RAM

  • 4GB Storage

  • Accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, heart rate monitor, barometer, ambient light and UV

  • IP67 Water and Dust resistant

  • Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0, Wifi 802.11n

  • S-Health and Gear Manager

  • 2G: 900/1800 or 850/1900MHz
    3G:900/2100 or 850/1900MHz

  • Pricing: N/A

  • Availability: "in global markets "in phases" starting in October"

So as you can tell this device is more like a merge between the Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit, with a 3G radio thrown in - this is not Android Wear. I suppose Samsung is sticking with the Gear Live for that.


Now Samsung wouldn't offer up a watch that you can communicate through without giving you something to talk through it, right? That's where the Gear Circle comes in. Now don't get confused, this isn't a watch of any sort, it's a bluetooth headset. The Gear Circle may remind you of the ever popular LG Tones or Motorola Buds, yet when these connect to each other they form a circle, thus the name. They come with a rechargeable battery (180mAH) and touch controls, and should arrive with the Gear S.

How do you feel about the Gear S and Circle? Any of them instabuys? In my opinion, Samsung is still throwing products against the wall and seeing what sticks, effectively flooding the market -- but they are making money so I can't really blame them. Sound off below with your opinion.

Source: Samsung