Samsung Gear S

Samsung has officially confirmed its curved-screen Samsung Gear S (aka Solo) smartwatch, which has Bluetooth, wireless and 3G connectivity and can work independently of a smartphone. Here's everything you need to know about the Samsung Gear S release date, price and specs UK. Updated on 05/11/14. Also see: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date, price and specs UK.

Samsung Gear S: Release date and price UK 

Samsung initially said the Gear S would go on sale in October but has now said it will be available from 7 November starting with Samsung Experience Stores, Samsung.com Shop and O2. The Samsung Gear S price has finally been confirmed, with Mobile Fun listing it at £329. This has now been confirmed as the RRP by Samsung.

Samsung Gear S: specs 

Rather than Android Wear the Samsung Gear S runs the Tizen OS. It also comes preinstalled with Nokia's HERE Maps app and the Financial Times' fastFT app.

The Samsung Gear S, available in black or white, has a 2in curved screen, which allows it to fit comfortably around the wrist.

It also supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G, so you don't need a smartphone to receive notifications, which will likely appeal to fitness enthusiasts who don't want to carry a smartphone when they work out. A down side to this is shorter battery life from the internal 300mAh cell - around two days, according to Samsung.

Other features include a heart-rate scanner and, according to Sammobile, a UV sensor. The Gear S will run a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and have 4GB of internal storage.

The Samsung Gear S offers IP67-rated dust- and waterproof protection. 

Samsung round smartwatch

While the Samsung Gear S follows a rectangular design, Samsung is also working on a round smartwatch (pictured below). This smartwatch will be Samsung's answer to the Motorola Moto G and LG G Watch R, but we're still waiting to hear more details on it.

Samsung Gear Solo

Also see: 10 best smartwatches of 2014.

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