Samsung Gear S Tizen Smartwatch Headed To All Four Major U.S. Carriers This Fall

The wearable revolution is underway, and sometime before the winter months hit, you'll see an increasing number of people talking and tapping on the top side of their wrists. The reason? Samsung on Wednesday put the word out that its Gear S smartwatch is headed to U.S. shores this fall and will be available at all four major wireless carriers -- AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

Samsung's Gear S sports a rectangular 2-inch curved face with Super AMOLED panel and 480x360 resolution; the watch as a whole measures 39.9 by 58.1 x 12.5 millimeters (1.57 x 2.28 x 0.49 inches). It rocks a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage. 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0, and various sensors.

Gear S

The Gear S represents a departure from Android, a mobile operating system that's been very lucrative for Samsung, and instead runs the company's home brewed Tizen OS. A potentially major upside of the Gear S is that it doesn't need a smartphone nearby to operate -- you can still make calls and send text messages.

Will it be a contender? We won't have to wait long to find out. AT&T today confirmed plans to add the Gear S to its line of gadgets and said you'll be able to "check out" the new device starting Friday, September 26 in 125 AT&T retail stores across the U.S. Bear in mind you won't be able to buy one on Friday -- AT&T says it will announce pricing and availability at a later date.