Samsung announces the Gear S, its S$498 standalone 3G smartwatch

Update 10/01/14: Another Samsung smartwatch? Indeed, but this one, available from 11 October, doesn’t need your phone
Samsung Gear S

Samsung Gear S

It’s been called a “watchphone” and most recently the “Gear Solo,” but Samsung has finally revealed its next long-rumoured wearable device: the Gear S, a smartwatch that has its own SIM card and 3G connection.

You won’t need a paired smartphone to take calls, send messages, and use varying apps (like turn-by-turn navigation via HERE) on this Tizen-powered watch, which features a 2.0in Super AMOLED display running at 360x480 with a dual-core 1.0Ghz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and a 300mAh battery.

“The Samsung Gear S redefines the idea of the smart wearable and the culture of mobile communication,” says the company’s JK Shin, CEO and head of IT and mobile communication. “It will let consumers live a truly connected life anywhere, anytime.”