After the widely appreciated Gear S2, Samsung today launched the much awaited Gear S3 at IFA 2016 in Berlin.
Samsung Gear S3
The Gear S3 will come in two models: Frontier and Classic. The difference is only in terms of their looks, with the Frontier being much more rugged while the Classic is way more sleek.
Common features among the two models include:
- Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi
- Gorilla Glass SR+, 46mm dials, 1,3-inch AMOLED displays
- Dual-core 1.0GHz processor
- Tizen 2.3.2
- 380mAh battery with wireless charging
- 768 RAM and 4GB internal memory
- IP-68 water and dust resistance
- A speaker
- Compatible with Android
- Sensors include accelerometer, ambient light sensor and the same heart rate monitor as the Gear S2
One of Gear S2’s most successful features, its rotating bezel, comes to the Gear S3 as well. You can now also answer or reject calls using the bezel and, most importantly, the bezel is being opened up to developers for third-party applications.
A lot of people prefer Android Wear, but personally I don’t mind the Tizen OS for the Gear series at all. It’s efficient and works well and now Samsung claims to have 10,000 apps including Uber, BMW, Samsung Pay (which unfortunately makes no difference to us in the UAE) and many others that support the Tizen OS.
Pricing and availability
There’s no news on pricing or availability for the device but usually Samsung doesn’t waste too much time, so we can expect it in the coming months.
46mm is quite a big and clunky watch. Most people who have already seen the device seem to be concerned by its size. In case you think it’s too big, well, don’t worry Samsung plans to continue selling the Gear S2.
As you can see, we’ve had a great time with the Gear S2 when it came down to our office. Here’s hoping for the Gear S3 soon.