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This is a story you've heard before - Samsung has announced another smartwatch. Not content with its current bevy of smartwatch offerings, the South Korean manufacturer has introduced the Gear S, a new Tizen-powered watch with a curved display that Samsung says "enhances the smart wearable experience."

The watch has a 2.0" SAMOLED display at a 360x480 resolution, a 300mAh battery, a dual-core processor, and a handful of sensors including an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, heart rate monitor, barometer, and sensors for ambient light and UV. Like some of Samsung's other watches, users can also make and receive calls from the device. The watch can connect to WiFi or through Bluetooth, and Samsung doesn't specify exactly which devices it will play nice with (though Samsung's own S-Health and Gear apps are emphasized).

The Gear S also has 3G connectivity on 900/2100 or 850/1900 bands (and 2G connectivity on 900/1800 or 850/1900). Samsung doesn't give up any pricing info on the watch, but says it will be available in global markets "in phases" starting in October.

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Announced simultaneously with the Gear S is the Gear Circle, a set of wireless earbuds that connect magnetically to each other to form - you guessed it - a circle. The Gear Circle headset comes with a 180mAh battery packed in, along with a touch sensor. The headphones are expected to launch at the same time as the Gear S.

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To see the full press release, just hit the link below.

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Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • cheeto0

    Fugly+Tizen, nice

    • Ihavenewnike

      I actually like the curved display. Tien is a no no though

    • NinoBr0wn

      I think it looks very nice. But otherwise, no.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    ugh

    • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

      YOU get a smartwatch, and YOU get a smartwatch, and YOU get a smartwatch! EVERYBODY GETS A SMARTWATCH!

      • Kevin Aaronson
  • enoch861

    The battery life on that watch though.... Will it even be usable?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks to Tizen, it'll actually probably be much better than Android Wear watches.

      • joser116

        Samsung promises the 300 mAh battery will last for 2 days at a time.

        • enoch861

          Is this connected to 3G? Interesting. I wonder what kind of power management Tizen has to achieve such impressive battery life.

      • Morten

        Where do I find proper battery tests on android wear vs tizen?
        This little review find that Android Wear has better battery life, so was just wondering:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_XyFWD83_A

  • Shining Wing

    Why would Samsung make new Tizen-powered smartwatches? What's the point? They already have Android Wear, and I can't see Tizen being any better for watches.

    • Brandon Smith

      Battery life is key here. I own a G Watch but I would gladly exchange the (not terribly useful) app ecosystem for a much better battery.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Battery life and control over the OS and the app ecosystem.

      • Anfronie

        Is this something you would expect Android Wear to improve upon in the near future?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Battery life, maybe, but I doubt it'll be software, probably through better display technologies and better batteries.

          With the software, what I meant was control. Samsung wants to be in control, and with Wear, Google is in full control.

          • Đức Thành

            Well if I had to choose, I'd rather my smartwatch be under the control of Google, not Samsung.

      • southerndinner

        Logical points aren't welcome here.

        The Gear 2 has much better battery than the Live or G Watch. Which means the same for the Moto 360.

    • John Doe

      I am not sure but I don't think you can have a sim cards with Android wear. But they will probably release an Android wear version in the future when this fails like their previous watches.

  • Ian

    4 different Samsung smartwatches in less than a year...

    • Nathaniel Webb

      it takes time, but with effort they'll get the remaining 6 in before year's end, just gotta have faith!

      • theunknown

        They better hurry, there not much time left, unless they follow the financial calendar and not the calendar calendar
        Too many calendars in there ___/

    • joser116

      And there's the circular one that's coming

    • Nunya Bizniz

      Is that a bad thing

  • The Maverick

    been looking for a set of wireless earphones like these.
    whilst im at it, does anyone have any suggestions for wireless earphones paired via bluetooth to a phone similar to these for podcasts, spotify.

    • Felimenta97

      Sony has one like that already, SBH80 I think.

    • Serotheo

      There are the LG Tones that too share the same form factor design.

    • EH101

      The Motorola ones, can't remember the specific model, are pretty good. Everyone who is supervisor level and up has a set (company provided) in the company I work for. Most like them. Those who don't seem to not like ear buds of any fashion.

  • senor_heisenberg

    Not hideous, but not good looking either, runs Tizen, has a small battery, and most likely only works with Samsung phones. Fuck that.

  • Samsung Design Team

    Sorry guys, we have no idea what we're doing.

    • Kevin

      If you guys can quit spamming the market that'd be great.

      • Guest

        Samsung is good at innovating snd bringing products to market very quickly. This is because they start product development, massproduction configuration, and logistics at the same time, as opposed to one after the other. Its not so much as a shotgun tactic but rather a machine gun rate of innovation. It helps that they have total control over their own manufacturing and components, and have a lego block style of factory processes where equipments and robots can ne rearranged to mass produce multiple variants in the same day. Thats vertical intergration. The samsung way. (And also the title of a great book on amazon)

        • Đức Thành

          Did you seriously just copy another comment from the same article to post as your reply that's actually irrelevant to the comment you're replying to?

          • tehboogieman

            With the same spelling errors and everything

      • mark

        Yes we don't like choice, please let's have as small a range of products as possible. It was a nightmare when I last bought a TV, let alone a computer. And in fact, my last watch - so many watches. I was hoping to only have one smartwatch to choose from, to make it easier.

    • X-47B

      Here's some thought. It's obvious communication bullet points are the main objective here.

      - 3G, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity
      - 2G, 3G Call, Bluetooth Call
      - WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS/Glonass
      - Bluetooth®: 4.1
      - USB 2.0

      I don't think many other 'watches' can match these.

      • Tomfoolery

        Bluetooth 4.1. That'll make it the first smartwatch to ship with the latest iteration of BT. This is good news for battery life, so, credit where credit is due. Props, Samsuck.

        • joser116

          Samsung promises 2 days of use, so...

      • turdbogls

        dont forget:
        - must pair with a samsung watch

        yup, no other watch worth wearing can compete ;)

        • X-47B

          So?? That still makes it few hundred million potential customers.
          As if when Apple is going to release a Smartwatch, it's going to be compatible with Android.
          It is what it is, and it's not trying to pretend otherwise. Only geeks on the forums crib about it.

          • turdbogls

            I'm just saying....for the other Few hundred million devices out there, this isn't even an option. thats all.

    • Gaurav Arora

      I think you should hire me, I make great pasta, I should be able to design too :D

    • Kurama91

      I bet if Apple does the same it will be called '' INNOVATION '' and then you'll be making another FAKE ACCOUNT, and say '' Hell Yeah, that's what I wanted ''. this is the one of the Best looking Watches so far. and the first of its kind to have 3G connectivity after another one by Samsung. you're either JEALOUS of Samsung or so ARROGANT. either case Samsung Does NOT care to your way of thinking and will Sell the Watch and make a lot of profits!

    • J.J.

      this is what happen when you have the device game locked down, but it can only last so long. ask nokia. i remember the crazy devices they use to put out when on top. ask why... cause we can.

  • nebula

    tizen, lol. good luck with that.

  • O’s Fan91

    No, no, and no. Seriously Samsung?

  • Tomfoolery

    WHY DIDN'T THEY CALL THEM GEARBUDS? WHY?!!!

  • fabian

    Samsung keep trying don´t give up.

  • Sruly J

    Anyone mind if I say: "Die Tizen. DIIIIIIEEE!!!!" while swatting a rolled up newspaper at it?

  • Wall Breaker

    If I had a loaf of bread for every samsung device announcement I could feed every single 3rd world country.

  • Pootis Man

    *triple face palm*

  • valapsp

    are we still expecting the gear solo?

    • X-47B

      This is Gear *Solo*

  • Michael J Carroll

    Yeah no.

  • antman1

    Samsung is good at innovating snd bringing products to market very quickly. This is because they start product development, massproduction configuration, and logistics at the same time, as opposed to one after the other. Its not so much as a shotgun tactic as a machine gun with unlimited ammo. It helps that they have total control over their own manufacturing and components, and have a lego block style of factory processes where equipments and robots can ne rearranged to mass produce multiple variants in the same day. Thats vertical intergration. The samsung way. (And also the title of a great book on amazon) so think about this folks before you use the name of a canned meat to interpret it in your own convenient manner

  • Cake

    That actually looks really nice and upscale. This and the Gear Fit would be the most beautiful smart watches.

  • Fernando Gonzalez

    Samsung has really design issues...

    • antman1

      Polarized generalization mich?

      • Đức Thành

        Not so much a polarized generalization when one has seen samsung's same old, lame and out right ugly design philosophy on thoudsands of devices without much variation. I quite agree when he says Samsung has design issues, because even if you disregard the softwares, their hairdwares always look like the technological evolution of cheap plastic toys. Even if that isn't considered ugly, it's still never aesthetically pleasing but lame and rather unsophisticated for a piece of expensive tech.

        • Edward Walsh

          Everything you just said...I disagree with. I like the way it (the drawing at least) looks.

  • nxtiak

    Smartwatches with cell radio is stupid.
    You're either not going to use it 99% of the time or you swap you SIM from phone to watch all the time, or you buy another cell phone plane specifically for your watch.

    • Đức Thành

      This. What's the point of buying a smartwatch if you're going to use it as a cell receiver, which your phone is perfectly capable of doing? A watch is supposed to be used like, well... A watch, and with possible very light use that includes just a few swipes and glances that don't get in the way of your main activities too much. If you pack too many features on it, it would just be a tiny smartphone with a strap that's slapped on your wrist, and a phone that sucks at doing the same tasks your bigger phone is designed to do, too.

      Android Wear might not be perfect (yet), but it's apparent that Google has pretty much figured the design philosophy of a smartwatch out. Samsung, on the other hand... Ugh.

      • dude

        The fact that it have a freaking physical home button means they want you to do everything with it. Next up Gear Note, with stylus, 3.5" screen, microSD and removable battery.

        • Đức Thành

          The funny thing is I can actually picture it happening, considering that it's Samsung we're talking about. Oh the horror.

  • WideLoad

    Am I the only one who appreciates the fact that Gear S has GPS and HERE maps with navigation?

    • http://tonybullard.com/ Tony Bullard

      I agree. It's frustrating that it's not Android Wear, which we all believe to be superior, but you can't deny that it being able to do things on it's own is very nice.

  • Anton Voloshin

    OMG, they brought that fugly button that I hate on my phone to the watch!

    • blix247

      Gotta make space for the eventual Verizon logo.

    • dude

      Glad I'm not the only one. Never liked Apple/Samsung home buttons.

  • Droid

    This is just to be first with different designs, they've learned! Now when apple comes with a smart watch it won't be able to sue Samsung line it usually does.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    O_o why Tizen? they should have made the Gear live have this design. I think it looks better at least and the sensors are much better. At this rate I'm not going to get a sammy watch

  • J.J.

    i would buy this if it ran android wear, had no 3g, had a bigger battery, better resolution....... nevermind

  • Chris

    Every other website the comments on this watch are nothing but about how amazing it looks, and I have to agree. I don't know what's different about android police's fan base, but they don't seem to agree with the rest of the internet (as far as I've seen anyway).

    • J.J.

      i actually do love how it looks. its just everything else the turns me off

  • Justin

    Take my money Samsung!!

  • jesuguru

    "Is it a nice watch?"

    "No, tizen."

  • Joel

    I actually really enjoy the aesthetics of this watch. I like the longer screen that curves around your wrist – I feel as though you get more screen realestate that way, since your wrist can twist to more than just one degree. There are two things that make me not want this watch though: Tizen and Samsung.

    I could maybe ignore that Samsung made it, since they've been doing better on Hardware recently, but Tizen just destroys any interest. Maybe ... MAYBE I would considering picking one of these up if the development community can manage to get Android Wear on there, but, as is, Tizen is far too terrible to justify purchasing this Smartwatch.

  • roberthenderson

    I'm actually not mad at this package. Unfortunately, the brainless Samsung engineers, for the Note 4, repeated my Note 3's absolute failure of putting the speaker on the bottom where it's absolutely worthless if there's any ambient noise. I'll be getting the next HTC Max.

  • Dave

    They say typical usage 2 days... if that is true it will be good.

  • http://www.keydifference.com/ parkerwills

    Its time to hang out with samsung wear on too along with the competitors on the field!!