Samsung unveils curvy Gear S smartwatch and Circle smart necklace

Samsung has unveiled the latest in its Gear range of smartwatches, the Gear S.

Unlike rivals LG and Motorola, Samsung has decided to keep the rectangular watch face rather than opt for a circular one.

However, the screen on the new device follows the curve of the wearer’s wrist, somewhat like the Gear Fit.

Gear S

At 2in, the 360 x 480 resolution, Super AMOLED screen is slightly bigger than the Gear Live, which was unveiled in June.

The new smartwatch runs on Tizen, rather than Google’s Android Wear, and has built-in Wi-Fi and USB connectivity, as well as Bluetooth 4.1.

Inside, the device has a 1GHz dual core chip, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, a 300 mAh Li-ion battery, and is IP67 certified dust and water resistant.

Gear S

Unlike previous Samsung Gear smartwatches, the Gear S also features 2G and 3G connectivity, meaning it can be kept synced with the user’s smartphone even when the two devices aren’t close enough to maintain a Bluetooth connection.

That means Gear S users can track runs without having to carry around a smartphone, and it also has built in GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope and heart rate sensors, as well as support for the the Nike+ Running app and S Health.

Headphones that are also a necklace

Alongside the Gear S, Samsung revealed the Gear Circle – a set of wireless earphones that can be transformed into a smart necklace.

Gear Circle

The Gear Circle can, when paired with a smartphone, receive calls, stream music, and also be used to make voice commands.

When not in use, the headset can be worn as a necklace thanks to a magnetic clasp. This isn’t just a fashion statement, though, as the Circle will vibrate to alert the wearer to incoming calls and notifications.

Gear Circle

The Gear S and Gear Circle will start rolling out globally from October, although there’s no word yet on when they will arrive here, nor how much they’re likely to cost.

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