Samsung’s Gear S3 will be available in Australia next week

Alex Kidman 7 November 2016

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Samsung’s latest smartwatch goes on sale in Australia from 18 November.

Samsung announced the existence of the Gear S3 smartwatch back at IFA in early September, with the promise that we’d see Australian availability by Christmas. It has now opened up pre-orders from today for the Gear S3, which will go on sale from 18 November through its online store, as well as through Samsung Experience stores and Harvey Norman.

The Gear S3 comes in two varieties, the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier. The classic is meant to be your more traditional timepiece where the Frontier looks more rugged, although the reality is that the core technology underneath, including IP68 ratings that should see either watch survive dunkings up to a metre without issue. Both watches feature the "always on display" found in phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S7, as well as built-in GPS functionality. They use a standard 22mm watch band, so switching out different watch band styles should be quite simple.

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While many competing smartwatches run on Google’s Android Wear platform, the Gear S3, like its predecessor, runs instead on Samsung’s own Tizen platform. That has allowed Samsung a degree of optimisation not seen in many Android Wear devices, at the slight cost of a smaller pool of available smartwatch apps for it.

Either the S3 Classic or S3 Frontier could be yours from 18 November for $599 outright, with Samsung offering a special pre-order promotion of an additional red band for early customers.

SamsungGear S3 frontierGear S3 classic
Display Size1.3in1.3in
Resolution360x360360x360
Display Density278ppi278ppi
ProcessorDual core 1.0 GHzDual core 1.0 GHz
OSTizen Based Wearable Platform 2.3.2Tizen Based Wearable Platform 2.3.2
Size46 x 49 x 12.946 x 49 x 12.9
Weight62g (without band)57g (without band)
Memory4GB Internal memory, 768MB RAM4GB Internal memory, 768MB RAM
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM, Ambient lightAccelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM, Ambient light
Battery380mAh380mAh
Price$599$599

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    vanshNovember 21, 2016

    Can it work independently without the phone? Does it have network connectivity?

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      JasonNovember 21, 2016Staff

      Hi Vansh,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      The Samsung Gear 3 and Gear 3 Frontier can work independently without a phone. Both devices have Bluetooth and WiFi network connectivity features.
      Please check out this link for a review of Samsung Gear S3.

      Cheers,
      Jason

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    JaredNovember 17, 2016

    Is Samsung Gear S3 Frontier compatible or works with Samsung S6 Edge?

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      JasonNovember 17, 2016Staff

      Hi Jared,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier can pair and work with Samsung S6 Edge. It can also work with other phones that has Android 4.4 or higher and have at least 1.5GB of RAM. Just open the Samsung Gear app on your smartphone to pair your Gear S3 and you should be able to sync or set it up.

      Cheers,
      Jason

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