Samsung Gear S: No to Android Wear, yes to 3G

Samsung’s new Gear S smartwatch ignores Android Wear to run on Samsung’s own Tizen OS and introduces 3G, freeing the smartwatch from its smartphone overlord.

Unveiled at IFA 2014, the Samsung Gear S features a curved Super AMOLED display that measures a generous 2 inches, dwarfing Samsung’s own 1.63-inch Gear Live screen.

Samsung claims the curved look of the Gear S is designed to fit the contours of its wearer, although anyone who’s slight of wrist might find themselves overwhelmed by its dimensions.

Unchain my smartwatch

The Gear S also introduces 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, unshackling it from smartphones. Users can make and receive calls, send and receive SMS messages, as well as receive notifications from social networks, calendars and applications.

The days of the smartwatch acting as little more than a notification device for smartphones could be ending.

In addition to the 3G and Wi-Fi, the Gear S also contains a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and heart rate monitor.

The Gear S features a 300mAh battery, which Samsung says will keep it chugging along for two days.

The Gear S is due for a global release in October. Australian pricing and release dates are yet to be confirmed.