Samsung has today made an announcement that directly affect the future of the smartwatch ranges. Taking to the stage at IFA in Berlin today, Samsung has introduced officially the Gear S3 Classic and Frontier – successors to the Gear S2.
Before we go by, allow us to advise you not hold your breath in anticipation of some major changes for that goes with Gear S3 wrist wearable. While the Gear S3 added some new features, but nothing ground breaking, comes with same design, albeit bigger than its predecessor.
Without making further discussion, let’s check out the new wearables, the specifications, the colors, and the pricing being demanded from potential customers.
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier & Classic
Details regarding the given smartwatch, the South Korean company has something to look forward to with the introduction of the Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Classic. Very clearly looks much like what we expect with the unveil of the second-generation Apple Watch, both of these device are a relatively small forward step for Samsung, meaning that they aren’t overall revamp of the original Gear S hardware. Like Gear S2, both the variants run the Samsung’s own Tizen operating system, with the Frontier model being treated as a premium piece of kit.
Both the Classic and Frontier watches come sporting with a 1.3-inch circular display protected by the recently announced Gorilla Glass SR+ for wearables, and the two offer support for Samsung Pay and a new SOS feature. Also packs a built-in GPS, which Apple Watch 2 s also expected to feature. Interestingly, the Gear S3 Frontier model is differentiated for them by its LTE capabilities.
The new Gear S3 models are adorned with a rotatable bezel which acts as a navigational and selection tool for the Tizen OS interface. Although Samsung taking the personalization route for its latest wearable on the bands.straps front. Officially, the company is offering 3 different finishes of straps in three different colors, Samsung says the Gear S3 is compatible with standard 22mm bands, which is an industrial standard.
Two new watches have IP68 ratings for water resistance, NFC and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST), built-in speaker for active voice messaging and music listening. The latest Gear S3 has Always-On Display, which it always shows the time rather than automatically fading to black.
Users can even accept or reject calls or snooze an alarm with the use of rotating bezel that has been enhanced with new feature additions. By writing on the display SMS text messages will automatically convert to texts and also create short reminders and to-do lists to manage the most hectic schedules with the Reminders app.
Rest of other specs includes:
- 1.3-inch (360×360 pixels) Circular Super AMOLED Always On display, 278ppi
- 1GHz Dual-Core processor
- 768MB RAM, 4GB internal memory
- Tizen based wearable platform 2.3.2
- Built-in speaker
- IP68 Certified Dust and Water Resistant
- 3G/4G LTE (Gear S3 frontier), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, MST, A-GPS/Glonass
- Dimensions of classic: 46 x 49 x 12.9; Weight: 57g (without band)
- Dimensions of frontier : 46 x 49 x 12.9; Weight: 62g (without band)
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, Barometer
- 380mAh Li-ion battery with wireless charging (WPC Inductive), up to 4 days of battery life
Being an owner of Gear S2 and looking to upgrade to the Gear S3, check out the chart below for a brief comparison of the second and third generation Gear S wearables.
Currently, Samsung has not announced prices and availability dates for now, but we’ll let you know as soon as that been revealed. Till then, check out the launch video of Samsung’s latest Gear S wearable.
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