Launched by Samsung at IFA in Berlin in late August, the new Gear S3 smartwatch comes with several new features and modifications not only to offer customers a more advanced alternative to the Gear S2 smartwatch, but also to compete with other equally competent smartwatches launched this year. The wearable was made available to pre-order in the UK on 31 October and expectedly, went out of stock on the first day itself.
The Samsung Gear S3 will go on sale on Friday, 18th November, a fortnight after it was first made available for pre-orders for £349. Here are a few things which we thought you must consider before going for Samsung's latest wearable:
The Gear S3 smartwatch will be available in two variants- the Gear S3 frontier and the Gear S3 classic, both of which cost the same and are suited to different needs. The 'frontier' variant is ideal for travellers, adventurers and explorers who would want to sport a rugged smartwatch while trekking, hiking or simply swimming. Not only does it look 'rugged', it also features an IP68 water proof rating and its glass display is sheathed by Gorilla® Glass SR+, a glass specially designed to protect wearable displays from external conditions.
The 'classic' variant looks more sleek and formal but does come with the same rugged features as the frontier variant. Samsung seems to have invested a lot of attention towards marketing the classic variant as any other luxury watch, just like how the Apple Watch was seen by many as a luxury product rather than a mere smartwatch. It will be more suited for corporate users and those who want their smartwatches to look like luxury products.
Among the most friendly features in the Gear S3 is an Always On Display. The AOD shows the time at all times, making it look like a traditional smartwatch except when you are using it. The rotating bezel will also let you accept or reject calls or snooze an alarm without touching the screen which is a new addition to the Gear S line. The display is a Super AMOLED one with 16 million colour-support and hence looks bright and vibrant.
The built-in GPS inside the Gear S3 makes it completely independent of smartphones, especially when you are using it for tracking your runs or finding directions. Unlike first generation smartwatches, you can use the Gear S3 to monitor any fitness activity thanks to its suite of the S Health, Alti/barometer and Speedometer apps.
Several more new features in the Gear S3 include the ability of the watch to convert your drawings into Emojis, the new Reminders app which lets you manage your schedule, the ability to make contactless payments via Samsung Pay, the new SOS and location tracking capabilities to alert near and dear ones when you're lost and a range of new apps with independent functionality. You will also be able to download select apps and watch faces directly from the Gear S3 without having to download them on your smartphone first.
Specifications-wise, the Gear S3 comes with a 1.3" Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels, a thickness of 12.9mm, Tizen OS 2.3.2 operating system, internal storage of 4GB, a 768MB RAM, a 380 mAh Lithium Ion battery with wireless charging capability, NFC capability, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, a dual-core 1.0 GHz processor and sensors like an accelerometer, a gyrometer, a Barometer, a heart rate monitor and an Ambient light sensor. These specs look more like those of a smartphones but the fact that they are present in the Gear S3 reveals why it is a truly independent smartwatch with better features than any other wearable in the market.