Tizen-Based Samsung Gear S Smartwatch now Available in India
Samsung has recently launched the Gear S Tizen-based smartwatch for Indian consumers with MRP of Rs. 29,500 but its market operating price is said to be near Rs. 28,900.
With a price of almost $470, this is obviously to be the first impediment for Indian customers. At the moment, this is perhaps the most expensive smartwatch on the Indian market but the Apple Watch will most likely change that.
With the Gear S smartwatch, users cand make and receive calls via 2G or 3G and also offers Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi connectivity. It’s just my guess, but this could be on of the reasons why it comes with such a big price.
Still, when you set the the Gear S smartwatch for the first time, you will still have to have a Samsung smartphone, and the same goes for downloading apps to it. The smartwatch will be available in basic black and white colors.
The Tizen-based Gear S features a separate slot for a SIM card (Nano-SIM) on the back panel where we also find the heart rate sensor and four pogo pins. Besides
The Gear S sports a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display with a 360×480 pixel resolution. This tiny gadget is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM. There’s also 4GB of inbuilt storage and a tiny 300mAh Li-ion battery is said to deliver 2 days of charge with typical usage.
The Gear S is also IP67-certified dust and water resistant, but I would suggest thinking of it as a rugged device, as this just means it has some sort of protection. Just like pretty much any smartwatch, it shows notifications from text messages, social networks, calendars and other apps, but can do so without being paired.
It also comes with the S Voice functionality for dictating and voice commands, as well as with the onscreen keyboard. JK Shin, CEO and head of IT & mobile communication at Samsung Electronics, shared his input:
“Samsung is leading this exciting and rapidly developing wearable category through progressive innovation. The Samsung Gear S redefines the idea of the smart wearable and the culture of mobile communication. It will let consumers live a truly connected life anywhere, anytime.”
The S Health app and Nike+ Running are present on the device for obtaining health statistics. What’s really cool is that with Here Maps, users get turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation provided. There’s also a 24-hour news service from the Financial Times and other apps.