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Samsung launches Gear S3: Bigger and Beautiful

by EditorSeptember 1, 2016

Samsung Electronics unveiled two new smartwatches on Wednesday which boast a range of digital features while also promising up to four days of battery life, seeking to outshine the Apple Watch.

The world’s biggest maker of consumer electronic products introduced its new line of Gear S3 watches ahead of this week’s opening in Berlin of the IFA, Europe’s biggest annual trade fair for consumer electronics and domestic appliances.

The new Gear S3 Frontier model has a rugged outdoor look, while the Gear S3 Classic has a more refined appearance, but both watches feature large faces that are likely to appeal mainly to male consumers.

The sportier Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is the more feature-loaded of Samsung’s new offerings, with a 4G LTE connectivity option. Both it and the new S3 Classic offer IP68 water-resistance and higher-capacity batteries than their predecessors. Both new watches still run Tizen, and they have Samsung Pay’s magnetic secure transmission technology built into them. With the LTE option, you can make and receive calls without a phone nearby.


The S3 Frontier is the only one of the two with that LTE option, and it’s also slightly heavier (2.18 ounces) than the new S3 Classic (2.0 ounces). Both models share the same rotating-bezel UI that made previous versions of the Gear watch so compelling, and their 1.3-inch AMOLED screens are slightly bigger than the S2 lineup.

Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and NFC are on board for both watches, and each model has an accelerometer, gyroscope, heart-rate sensor, and barometer built into it. One of the biggest design changes with the Classic version is that it has a pair of raised crowns on its right edge; like the Frontier edition, the S2 lineup’s buttons were flush with the edges.

The latest Samsung smartwatches offer always-on color displays, dust and water resistance features, a built-in speaker. They also enable users to make mobile payments in countries where Samsung Pay is available.

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