News by Luke Jones on Thursday August 28, 2014.
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LG won't be the only Korean company launching a new smartwatch at IFA next week as Samsung will also be rolling out the Galaxy Gear S (not Solo as we reported yesterday). This wearable is arguably the most elegant Samsung has made so far, while it comes with one added differentiator. As we said yesterday when the Gear S was a mere rumour, it will allow taking and making calls directly on the smartwatch.The calling feature is very much a part of the Gear S experience (its defining feature in fact), giving the device the ability to stay connected on its own, thanks to a 3G modem. Make no mistake, this is the future of this niche and Samsung is innovating here, even if we are yet to see the results. That means the new Samsung wearable can remain locked to a data stream on its own and make calls, send message, receive calls etc. On top of that, it also gets traditional smartwatch connection methods such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, so it can still connect to your smartphone when you need it to. This ability to stay connected on its own will have benefits for fitness and maps users, although it is not known if the user will need a separate data plan. What is known is that the Gear S will use Nokia's very good HERE maps service. In terms of design, the Galaxy Gear S is the nicest looking smartwatch Samsung has made. Not as classy as the Moto 360 or as watch-like as the LG G Watch R, but still nice to look at and far flatter than previous boxy Gear efforts. The device gets a 2-inch Super AMOLED screen with 360 x 480 resolution, which is decently sized in the wearable market. Elsewhere there is a dual-core 1GHz processer with 512MB of RAM and (you guessed it) 4GB of RAM. As for operating system, Samsung is keeping this one all to itself, so there will be no Android Wear running on the Gear S. Instead Samsung's (and Intel's) Tizen OS will be on board, which is hardly a surprise considering Samsung has almost all of its wearable products on the platform. Samsung will detail price and availability during the IFA trade show in Berlin next week.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at Glamorgan University before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news.