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Thursday 2 October 2014

Smartwatch showdown: Samsung and LG's new models

Matthew Sparkes

Published 28/08/2014 | 14:27

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South Korean electronics giants Samsung and LG have gone head-to-head by unveiling new smartwatches on the same day - but Samsung is leading the way in terms of new features by adding 3G connectivity to allow you to make and receive phone calls without a smartphone.

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The Samsung Gear S offers mobile data without the need for a smartphone connected via Bluetooth, as the company's existing smartwatches currently require.

This allows notifications from social networks like Facebook and Twitter, calendars and applications, even when you are nowhere near your phone. You can also receive SMS and easily send replies using the onscreen keyboard or voice recognition software.

It also means that you can make and receive calls directly from your wrist, as well as getting calls forwarded from your smartphone.

The watch has a curved two-inch Super AMOLED display, manufactured using the same techniques which provide the clear, bright displays on the company’s latest tablets such as the Tab S, which will be able to show customisable screens.

Other features include turn-by-turn walking navigation provided by HERE, a fitness tracker and built-in GPS.

The Gear S will be available worldwide from early October, with a gradual launch in different markets. The company said that the exact UK launch date would be released “in due course”.

On the same day, LG also announced its new Android Wear device, the LG G Watch R.

It comes with a circular 1.3-inch P-OLED display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and 4GB of storage. It will also be water resistant for 30 minutes to a depth of one metre.

The LG G Watch R will be available in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Samsung Gear S specifications:

 Processor: Dual core 1.0 GHz

 Display: 2-inch Super AMOLED (360 x 480)

 Memory: RAM: 512MB

 Storage: 4GB Internal Memory

 Battery: 300mAh Li-ion

 Operating System: Tizen

 

LG G Watch R specifications:

 Processor: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 400

 Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320)

 Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM

 Battery: 410mAh

 Operating System: Android Wear

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