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Samsung shows-off 'Gears'

Both Samsung Gear S and Gear Circle were unveiled as the next generation smart wearable devices that expands the smartphone experience to the wrist.

The GEAR S delivers an up-to-date smart wearable experience with 3G connectivity and wearable optimized features to meet the evolving needs of customers.

“Samsung is leading this exciting and rapidly developing wearable category through progressive innovation,” said Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics. “The Samsung GEAR S redefines the idea of the smart wearable and the culture of mobile communication. It will let users live a truly connected life anywhere and anytime.”

Designed with an elegant, curved Super AMOLED display and flexible band, the Samsung GEAR S fits comfortably on the wrist. Through 3G connectivity, the GEAR S offers a new, powerful wearable experience and gives users the freedom to live their life on the go.

The Samsung GEAR S features a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display, providing a richer view with a beautiful and easy-to-use user interface. It allows users to read messages and notifications at a single glance with features such as conversation view and condensed font.

It’s chic, curved design fits comfortably around the contours of the wrist, while its customisable screen options and changeable straps empower individuals to express their own taste and style.

The Samsung GEAR S allows customers to control how they want to connect by extending its communication capabilities to include 3Gas well as Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. It also automatically synchronises information when paired to a smartphone allowing for seamless connectivity to social networking sites, access to calendar and applications even when users are away from their phone.

It allows users to instantly reply to incoming messages using the onscreen keyboard, or utilize enhanced S voice functionality to ensure tasks can be completed immediately.

Finally, with the Samsung GEAR S, people can seamlessly make and receive calls directly from their wrist, or get calls forwarded from their smartphones.

The Samsung GEAR S provides easy access to relevant information through essential widgets and combined notification boards. Its powerful features include turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation provided by HERE for GEAR.

HERE is powering an application called Navigator, which offers turn-by-turn walk navigation and public transit routing. The app provides a complete stand-alone experience, including the ability to store map data locally on the device and use it offline for navigation, directions and search.

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

In addition, the new Samsung GEAR Circle, made an appearance at the IFA. When paired with a smartphone, it can easily receive calls, play music and make voice commands in style through a Bluetooth connection. It features a magnetic lock which clasps around the neck when not in use, as well as a vibrate and LED indicator function to signal incoming calls and notifications.

Both the Samsung GEAR S and GEAR Circle will be available through Samsung Experience Stores, leading retailers and local operators, from October.

Samsung GEAR S – suggested retail price: R 4999

Samsung GEAR Circle – suggested retail price: R 1199

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