Google is reportedly unhappy about Samsung’s persistence with Tizen wearables, and while the South Koreans threw Android Wear a cursory nod with the Gear Live, the world’s number one mobile manufacturer is back on the Tizen train. Uh oh!
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Samsung Gear S, a spanking new Tizen-fuelled smartwatch that “enhances the smart wearable experience”.
The headline feature here is an arguably sexy (taste being subjective) curved Super AMOLED display, measuring 2in diagonally and with a 360 x 480 resolution. Yeah, I think I like it.
It’s a familiar story when it comes to sensors, the Samsung Gear S being chock full of ‘em. We have an accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, heart rate monitor and barometer, alongside sensors for ambient light and UV. Phew.
Other Samsung Gear S specs include a dual-core 1GHz processor, IP67-certified resistance to dust and water, 512MB of RAM, 4GB storage, and a 300mAh battery with 2 days of "typical usage".
Needless to say, there’s all the S Health goodness we’ve come to expect from Samsung wearables.
There’s an abundance of connectivity options, too, with the Samsung Gear S supporting 2G, 3G, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Resultantly, you can make and receive calls directly from your wrist, though there's still the option to pair up with a Galaxy smartphone.
Samsung has also announced the Gear Circle (right), a set of wireless Bluetooth earbuds that magnetically clasp around your neck when not in use.
The South Koreans don’t specifically mention Berlin in their press release, but presumably we’ll learn more about the Samsung Gear S and Gear Circle at IFA 2014 next week.
Incidentally, our wearable-obsessed brothers at Wareable will be on hand to bring you all the latest, direct from the trade show floor. In the meantime, they've also scribbled a more coherent write-up of the Samsung Gear S (no offence, me).