In line with the hints that Samsung dropped in its invite for the event, the company has launched its much-awaited Gear S3 smartwatch at the IFA 2016 in Berlin. The smartwatch has been launched in two variants, Classic and Frontier. The pricing and availability of the smartwatch haven’t been revealed yet, but the two products seemingly upgrade over the predecessor, you would most probably be paying a little more than the Gear S2. Also Read - Samsung reveals Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 features officially, S Pen support confirmed
The Samsung Gear S3 features a 1.3-inch super AMOLED full circular display with a 360×360 resolution (278 dpi), which supports a variety of watch faces. The screen is slightly bigger as compared to the Gear S2’s 1.2-inch full circular display. The screen of the Gear S3 is protected with Gorilla Glass SR+ technology, and has an IP68 rating, which means it is dust and water resistant. The smartwatch is also military-grade durable, which means that it should be able to stand against accidental damage, shock and dust resistant, and will be able to survive varying high and low temperatures, and operate in altitudes of up to 15,000 feet. Additionally, compared to mere 8 colors on the Gear S2’s display, the Gear S3 supports 16 million colors through its Always On Display. Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42
Also, the smartwatch comes with the familiar circular bezel, which can be used for rejecting or accepting calls, or for calendar notifications. The Gear S3 also has an in-built speaker, which allows taking calls directly on the smartwatch. Most importantly, the touch sensitivity of the smartphone’s display has been well worked on, so that it is now responsive even when used while wearing gloves. Also Read - Galaxy A22 replaces M42 5G to become the cheapest 5G Samsung phone in India
While the S2 weighed around 47 grams (the basic Gear S2 model), the Gear S3 (the Classic variant) weighs about 57 grams. The Gear S3 Frontier variant is also heavier at 62 grams.
Though both variants have same dimensions, there is little difference in their functionalities. The Classic version is limited to Bluetooth connectivity, while the Frontier supports both Bluetooth and LTE. The LTE support makes the Gear S3 Frontier probably one of the first smartwatches to offer the feature yet. However, both the variants come with Wi-Fi capabilities. Also, with Samsung’s partnership with Spotify, the Gear S3 supports streaming music directly on the smartwatch using Wi-Fi or LTE. The smartwatch also supports a Barometer, GPS tracking, speedometer, and SOS, which you can use to notify friends and family if you’re in an emergency by simply triple-tapping on the screen to activate.
The Gear S3 Frontier is also aimed at doubling as a fitness watch. Given the feature of LTE, the smartwatch’s variant will be able to let users just leave their smartphones behind and stay connected using just the watch. This is a feature which most smartwatches right now do not allow, they need to be constantly connected via Bluetooth to the smartwatch for notifications and updates. Both the variants of the Gear S3, the Classic and the Frontier, are fuelled by 380mAh battery, and it also comes with a power-saving mode.