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Samsung Gear S detailed at IFA

Samsung Gear S detailed at IFA

Samsung has handed over more details about its Gear S smartwatch, first revealed last week.

The company outlined exactly the device offers during today's Unpacked press conference, held ahead of the annual IFA tech show in Berlin.

The Gear S’s biggest draw is the fact that it has a nano SIM slot, meaning it can be used as a standalone phone.

That, of course, gives it major Dick Tracey credentials, but raises questions about whether such features are really what consumers want.

It has a huge two inch screen, sizeable for any smartwatch and Samsung’s largest so far.

That’s so users can access the on board screen for tapping out email and texts. There's also Swype functionality so you can swipe out texts rather than tap them.

Fitness features are of course included, with Samsung’s S Health suite taking centre stage. You can track steps, distance covered and use the heart rate monitor to keep a check on how your pulse is doing before and after exercise.

Tizen is Samsung’s OS of choice, meaning the company still only has one watch using Google’s Android Wear, its Gear Live.

That said, this doesn’t appear to hamper the number of apps available, with the UI much the same as on older models like the Gear 2.

Samsung has yet to confirm a price or release date, but expect the Gear S to land well before Christmas.

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