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Samsung announces two models of new Gear S3 smartwatch at IFA

31 August 2016 7

Samsung has today announced its new wearable device the Gear S3 at IFA 2016 in Berlin. For Gear S3, Samsung has employed great design and latest mobile technology to make a compelling device which reminds you of classic wrist watches. The Gear S3 comes in two different designs Frontier and Classic, giving users choice according to their tastes. Both the devices keep the rotating bezel design adopted by Samsung for the previous generation of wearables.

Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Wearable Business, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics said:

With the Gear S3, we continue to build on our wearables heritage of offering diverse choices to enhance consumers’ unique lifestyles. Samsung Gear S2 achieved meaningful progress in the smartwatch category with a personalized watch face and a versatile rotating bezel that provided an intuitive smartwatch experience. Now with the new Gear S3, we expand our Gear collection and introduce not only a great smartwatch, but a great watch. With smart capabilities and sophisticated, elegant design, the Gear S3 marks a significant addition to our smartwatch portfolio.

The Gear S3 Frontier comes with a rugged outdoor and is able to blend with both formal and casual setting. The watch as Samsung puts it is aimed at people in love with fitness and exploration. The frontier has more of a raised bezel as compared to classic, and there are rectangular buttons which are textured. Frontier will come with Bluetooth and LTE connectivity.

Gear S3 Classic is more a subtle statement and is based on classical timepieces using the minimalist design language to give an elegant style statement. The Gear S3 Classic is designed with minute attention given to details to give the feel and look a luxury watch. Gear S3 Classic comes with stainless steel body, with the circular button placed next to the bezel. For connectivity, the classic comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

With Gear S3 Samsung is giving users to customise the look by allowing the watch to be compatible with 22mm watch bands. Samsung added IP68 water and dust resistance to Gear S3 making them rugged and an all-weather wear. Samsung is offering military-level durability with the new watch, the Gear S3 comes with the recently announced Gorilla Glass SR+ from Corning specially designed for wearable devices.

The watch is powered by Samsung’s own Tizen OS and runs on dual-core 1GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, the new watch brings the write and draw on display feature to reply to messages. Samsung is adding support for Samsung Pay on Gear S3, the feature will use NFC and MST which will allow users to add their credit or debit card and then they can use the watch for making payments. For security, there is four-digit pin required to get access to Samsung Pay, plus if the watch is off your hand the payment system is locked.


The Gear S3 comes with a 1.3” circular Super AMOLED screen with 16 million colours and Always On Display showing watch face giving it the look comparable to any luxury watch. The Gear S3 measures 46mm x 49mm x 12.9 mm, as compared to Gear S2, this year’s watch has gained a little extra thickness, the Gear S3 classic weighs 57g without band while the frontier is a little heavy with a weight of 62g without the band. Lots of band options are available for the new Gear S3 watch. To power, the device Samsung has placed a 380mAh battery inside to give three to four days of usage. Considering daily charging needed for some smartwatches present in the market this is pretty nice, also Gear S3 gets wireless charging support.

With the new device you can accept or reject phone calls or snooze alarms by rotating the bezel, Samsung is also allowing third party developers to use the rotating bezel of the Gear S3. Nest is the first company which allows users to control their thermostats by rotating the bezel. The Gear S3 comes loaded with sensors it includes Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, Heart Rate Monitor, Ambient light, altimeter, barometer, and speedometer. Also, the watch gets built-in GPS support, there is an SOS feature which allows the user to send alert allowing for location tracking to family and emergency professionals during emergency situations, even when their phone isn’t in-hand.


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