Samsung has launched the company’s latest smartwatch – Samsung Gear S3 in two variants Classic & Frontier in India at a price tag of Rs. 28,500 each. Both the smartwatch will go on sale in India starting from January 18th, 2017. Originally, the Samsung Gear S3 introduced at IFA 2016 back in September 2016 and it is the successor of Gear S2.
Manu Sharma, Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India, said:
“With the Gear S3, we continue to build on our wearables heritage of offering diverse choices to enhance consumers’ unique lifestyles. 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.”
On the specifications front, the Samsung Gear S3 features 1.3-inch Circular Super AMOLED Always on display with a resolution of 1.3GHz at 278ppi and the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass SR+. It is powered by 1.0GHZ Dual-Core processor which is paired with 768MB of RAM. The Samsung Gear S3 runs on Tizen based wearable platform v188.8.131.52 and it has 4GB inbuilt memory.
The Gear S3 Classic comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity while the Gear S3 Frontier variant offers LTE support along with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The Gear S3 features a circular bezel and has IP68 certification which makes it water and dust resistant.
Other features include built-in GPS, NFC for mobile payments, built-in speaker to make and receive phone calls, barometer, speedometer, and an SOS option. To activate SOS option, one can triple-tap the screen which sends a notification to the pre-saved list of friends or family members in case of an emergency.
The Gear S3 packs 380mAh battery and offers up to 4 days of battery life. It supports wireless charging and the smartwatch comes with a power saver mode which further increase the battery life.
In terms of designing, the Gear S3 Classic has been designed for a more subtle and stylish appearance while the Gear S3 Frontier sports a rugged design and it uses military-grade durable to withstand accidental damage. The Frontier version is also touted to survive high and low temperatures and can operate at altitudes of up to 15,000 feet.
At such a price tag, the Gear S3 compete with Fossil Marshall, Motorola Moto 360 (2nd gen), Huawei Watch and Asus Zenwatch 3.