Samsung’s Gear series has brought us was one of the most well-received smartwatch lineups in the market. Today, at IFA 2016 event held in Berlin, the Korean company is extending the legacy by launching the third generation upgrade, Gear S3. The Gear S3 is mostly an incremental refinement over the S2, however, there are two big changes: It’s a lot chunkier and comes with LTE as well as dedicated GPS. Also, there are two variants this time with minimal differences – Classic and Frontier. Other than the design, the Frontier edition includes LTE.
For starters, the new Gear S3 features a slightly bigger 46mm casing and a 1.3-inch display (360 x 360 resolution) compared to 44mm and 1.2-inches on the S2. Samsung says the big size allows them to add core essentials customers desire from a smarter watch and it’s “on trend in the luxury watch space right now.” In terms of design and build, the Classic variant is built using stainless steel and flaunts a polished silver look. On the other hand, the Frontier comes with a matte black finish that is aimed at people looking for a bit more sporty and active use. Moreover, Gear S3 inherits the exact rotating dial from last year for moving things around.
As far as specifications are concerned, both the versions are IP68 rated for water/sand resistance, the display is protected by a super scratch resistant Gorilla Glass SR+.and they’re powered by Dual-Core Exynos chipsets, 786MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, dedicated GPS component, Bluetooth, WiFi and a 380mAh battery which Samsung claims can last up to roughly 3-4 days. Speaking of battery, there are two new power saving modes, one that turns on at 15% and the other at 5% that shuts everything down to show merely the time for a day.
The Gear S3 Frontier also packs built-in LTE radio along with a microphone and speaker to make HD voice calls. Additionally, the Super AMOLED panel up front can now show 16 million different colors on for always-on watch faces unlike the limited collection on S2. Moreover, there’s NFC for Samsung Pay transactions and Samsung boast’s that the Tizen app store will constitute over 10,000 apps (currently there are 9000) when the S3 launches. Samsung’s Gear S2 will be available to purchase in Q4, pricing and global launch details are as of now, unknown.