Samsung today took the curtains off its latest wearable, the Gear S3, at IFA 2016 event in Berlin, Germany. The Gear S3 has been announced in two variants – a rugged designed ‘Frontier’ and elegantly designed ‘Classic’ model. While the Frontier variant is designed for any occasion, the Classic variant is designed as a luxury watch with careful attention to detail such as size, shape etc.
Both the variants are water resistant (IP68 certified) and have built-in GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC support and WiFi. In addition to this, the Frontier variant also has its own 3G/LTE chip for mobile payments anywhere through Samsung Pay and LTE connectivity, though this feature will be region specific.
“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,” said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.
In the front, the Gear S3 sports a 1.3 inch Circular Super AMOLED display with 360 x 360 pixel resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ for protection. Additionally, a variety of customizable watch faces will be available for download and some select apps and watch faces will be available for download directly on the Gear S3 rather than first downloading it on your smartphone. The new smart watch from the South Korean giant is powered by 1 GHz Dual-Core processor paired with 768MB RAM and 4GB internal memory. The Gear S3 runs on Tizen based wearable platform 2.3.2 and has a 380mAh Li-ion battery which interestingly supports wireless charging. Regarding the sensors, both the variants have Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM and Ambient Light sensor.
In case of an emergency, Gear S3 can track location and alert your family members, friends and emergency professional through ‘SOS’ feature.