Samsung unveils Gear S3 smart watches

Alex Kidman 1 September 2016 NEWS


Samsung’s sticking to spinning watchfaces and its own Tizen operating system, but we'll miss out on LTE variants down under.

It wasn’t much of a secret that Samsung would announce a new smart watch at the IFA show in Berlin, or indeed that it would call said device the Samsung Gear S3. The third generation of Samsung’s particular take on smart watches isn’t, like competing Android-compatible watches running on Google’s Android Wear platform, but instead Samsung’s own Tizen operating system.

The Gear S3 will be made available in two different variants, the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier. As the name suggests, the Gear S3 Classic is meant to look like a more standard timepiece, where the Gear S3 Frontier is meant to appear more visually rugged, although there’s no functional difference in terms of durability between the two smart watches. Both feature IP68 ratings, which means in theory they should be fully dust resistant and able to survive a dunking in water up to 1m.


Both new Gear S3 smart watches feature the rotating bezel originally found in the Gear S2, which can be used for everything from menu selections to volume control. Both devices will also feature support for Samsung Pay, Samsung's own in-house take on contactless payments which launched in Australia recently.


Samsung will produce the Gear S3 Frontier in an LTE version, but we won’t officially see that variant in Australia, with a statement from Samsung Australia indicating that only the Bluetooth-compatible models will be released here. Local pricing was not disclosed, but Samsung Australia indicated that it intends to launch the pair of smart watches in Australia before Christmas.

Samsung Gear S3 frontier Gear S3 classic
Display Size 1.3in 1.3in
Resolution 360x360 360x360
Display Density 278ppi 278ppi
Processor Dual core 1.0 GHz Dual core 1.0 GHz
OS Tizen Based Wearable Platform 2.3.2 Tizen Based Wearable Platform 2.3.2
Size 46 x 49 x 12.9 46 x 49 x 12.9
Weight 62g (without band) 57g (without band)
Memory 4GB Internal memory, 768MB RAM 4GB Internal memory, 768MB RAM
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM, Ambient light Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM, Ambient light
Battery 380mAh 380mAh

We'll update with Australian pricing as soon as it's announced.

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