Samsung Gear S3 Classic and Frontier Smartwatches are now Official
Samsung has unveiled its new smartwatch, the Gear S3, today at its pre-IFA 2016 event in Berlin. Similar to last year’s Gear S2, the Gear S3 comes in two variants, the Gear S3 classic and the Gear S3 frontier. These smartwatches feature various improvements over their predecessors including larger displays, better screen protection, beefed up performance, more accurate activity and fitness tracking, and improved battery life among other things.
All models of the S3 include a speaker and GPS, which were only present in last year’s 3G model, On top of NFC for mobile payments. A version of the watch that supports LTE will be available as well.
Some of the key specs include:
- A rotating bezel that allows users to carry out actions such as answering calls
- It runs Tizen, Samsung’s own operating system, which currently has 10,000 apps for the Gear S3 available
- A number of sensors – accelerometer, gyrometer, barometer and heart rate monitor
- Three-to-four-day battery life with modes to help conserve power
- Wireless charging
- 1.3 inch screen which supports Samsung’s “always on display” allowing the watchface to constantly be on rather than lighting up when it’s touched or moved
That extends into the watch’s interface, too. While it’s almost identical to last year’s (It’s Tizen, not Android Wear), Samsung is tweaking things here and there to let S3 wearers rely more on the watch’s rotating bezel to control things, so there’ll be less swiping around. One example Samsung gave: you can now turn the bezel left or right to answer a phone call, rather than having to swipe left or right. The software changes will come to the S2 as well.