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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Samsung, LG Introduce New Smartwatches

Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics have both announced their new Gear S and G Watch R smartwatches, which will be on display in Berlin next week.

Samsung's Gear S is the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby. The new smartwatch, called the Gear S, differs from its predecessors with a bigger 2-inch (5 cm) curved Super AMOLED display and offers features like WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, pedestrian navigation and a built-in GPS. This device will run on Samsung's Tizen operating system. Users can switch easily between 3G and Bluetooth connections, and automatically synchronize information when paired to a smartphone.

The screen allows users to read messages and notifications at a single glance with features such as conversation view and condensed font.

The device lets users to instantly reply to incoming messages using the onscreen keyboard, or utilize enhanced S voice functionality.

The Samsung Gear S also provides access to relevant information through essential widgets and combined notification boards. Its features include turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation provided by HERE, a 24-hour news and views service from The Financial Times 'fastFT', works together with advanced-reading technology from Spritz, and the ability to see and respond to social notifications instantly with Facebook.

The Samsung Gear S is also a health and fitness companion with more enhanced multi-sensors, built-in GPS, and S Health features. In addition, applications such as Nike+ Running allow users to track their runs and stay motivated while on the move, without their smartphone.

Also announced by Samsung with the Samsung Gear S is the new Samsung Gear Circle. When paired with a smartphone, users can receive calls, listen to music, and make voice commands in style through a Bluetooth connection. It features a magnetic lock which clasps around the user's neck when not in use, as well as a vibrate function to signal incoming calls and notifications.

Samsung said the Gear S will start selling from October.

Rival Apple Inc is expected to launch its own device this year and LG Electronics on Thursday announced its new G Watch R smartwatch featuring a circular plastic OLED screen, a stainless steel frame and leather strap.LG said its G Watch R will launch in key markets in the fourth quarter, without indicating a price.

LG's new smartwatch will be powered by Google's Android Wear operating system like LG's previous models but will have a round 1.3-inch plastic OLED screen.

Powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, the LG G Watch R offers 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM and a durable 410mAh battery. This Android Wear device will run all compatible apps available in the Google Play Store and with an Ingress Protection Rating of IP67, the LG G Watch R is designed to run for up to 30 minutes in one meter of water.

With Android Wear at its core, the LG G Watch R delivers relevant information through voice recognition notifications. With a suite of LG health and fitness apps, users can also monitor their heartbeats with the support of the embedded photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor. And the smart notifications provide users with reminders of missed calls and messages, upcoming meetings, events, and local weather forecasts.

Key Specifications LG G Watch R:

- Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320)
- Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
- Battery: 410mAh
- Operating System: Android Wear (compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above)
- Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro/ Accelerometer/ Compass), Barometer, PPG
- Color: Black
- Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

Samsung Gear S Product Specifications

Network 900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G)
900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G)
Display 2.0? Super AMOLED (360 x 480)
AP Dual core 1.0 GHz
OS Tizen based wearable platform
Audio Codec: MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG


- 2G, 3G Call, Bluetooth Call
- Contacts, Notifications, Messages, Emails, QWERTY Keyboard
Health & Fitness:
- S Health, Nike+ Running
- Schedule, News, Navigation, Weather
Media: Music Player, Gallery
Others: S Voice, Find My Device, Power Saving Mode
IP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant
Samsung Services Samsung Gear Apps
Connectivity WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS/Glonass
Bluetooth: 4.1
USB: USB 2.0
Sensor Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, UV, Barometer
Memory RAM: 512MB
Storage: 4GB Internal Memory
Dimension 39.8 x 58.3 x 12.5T
Battery 300mAh Li-ion
Typical Usage 2days

Samsung Gear Circle Specifications​​

Speaker 12Φ Dynamic
Microphone Single MEMS
Codec SBC, apt-X, Samsung HD
Smart Magnetic Clasp Control, Voice Notification, Sound Alive
Connectivity Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0
BT Profile: HSP / HFP / A2DP / AVRCP
Multi Point Connection : Up to 8 BT connections, 2 BT devices at the same time
Connector: Micro USB (Charging only)
Sensor Magnetic Sensor (Hall IC), Touch Sensor

180mAh Li-ion (Standby 300h / Talk 11h / Play Time 9h)

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