Samsung on Thursday announced that it will be launching the Gear S smartwatch in the United States on next Friday, November 7th. The first 3G-connected smartwatch was originally announced in August and features a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display, 1.0 GHz dual-core processor, network connectivity, 300 mAh battery and more.
The Gear S essentially doubles as a fitness tracker, with a myriad of sensors including an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, heart rate monitor, ambient light sensor, UV sensor and barometer. The smartwatch is based on Samsung’s own Tizen software platform, a clear differentiation over Samsung’s other smartwatches and Android Wear.
Samsung is positioning the Gear S as an extension of its Galaxy lineup of smartphones. The smartwatch has built-in network connectivity for making calls and managing contacts, messages, notifications and emails on the go. Additional hardware specifications include 4GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.1.
“Samsung continues to shape the wearable category with advanced technology and new experiences,” said Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters. “A growing developer ecosystem will further expand the capabilities of the Gear S with fitness tracking services like Nike+ Running and on-wrist turn-by-turn navigation from HERE and more.”
Samsung’s Gear S will be available in white and black on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, alongside Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy locations in the United States.
Verizon on Thursday confirmed that it will soon carry the Gear S for $349.99 on contract.
AT&T announced on Thursday that the Gear S will be available through its retail stores and website on November 7th for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement. AT&T customers can add the Gear S to a Mobile Share plan for $10 per month.
T-Mobile on Thursday confirmed that it will begin carrying the Gear S on November 9th for $0 down and monthly payments of $14.58 for 24 months. The carrier has added a new plan for the wearable that costs $5 per month and includes unlimited talk, text and up to 500MB of high-speed data for T-Mobile post-paid voice customers.
“Finally, a smartwatch that is the perfect complement for your smartphone – as well as a fully capable stand-in that won’t miss a beat,” said Jason Young, Senior Vice President, Marketing at T-Mobile. “The Gear S is exactly where this industry is headed − more connected, more intuitive, more personal − and more powerful on T-Mobile’s Data Strong network with our new wearable rate plan.”
The new plan for the Gear S includes the following:
- Unlimited talk
- Unlimited text
- Unlimited data, with up to 500MB of high-speed data every month
- Unlimited music streaming through supported applications apps like Milk Music™
- Unlimited data and text in more than 120 countries and destinations worldwide with Simple Global™
Sprint will begin carrying the Gear S in stores and online on November 7th for $0 down and monthly payments of $16 for 24 months with a service plan required. Sprint customers can add the Gear S to a Family Share Pack for a $10 per month per line access charge.
“Samsung Gear S offers an amazing wearable experience and the Sprint Family Share Pack offers the best value to consumers,” said Doug Kaufman, director-Device Strategy, Sprint. “With the overhaul of our network, the Sprint network is there when our customers need it for all the ways they depend on their wireless devices.”
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