“Watch” Out for the New Samsung Gear S3

Published: 6 October 2016
Watch the way we communicate change forever.

Watch the way we communicate change forever.

A year after the release of the Samsung S2 watch, the massive retailer has released the new design and features of its latest models, the Samsung Gear S3 Classic and the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier. Unveiled at this year’s IFA 2016 conference, the new and stylish design appears to be a modern day show stopper.

This year’s releases boast a timeless classic design embedded with modern wearable technology. The Samsung Gear S3 appears to offer premium aesthetics with a sleek, modern, eye-catching design.

While the Samsung S2 will continue in the line-up, the two new additions each offer their own new features and style to an impressive line. Distinctively different, each model offers its own personality in design and function.

The Gear S3 Classic merges luxury style with technological innovation, while the Gear S3 Frontier provides more robust features and durability. For a more in depth comparison of the previous and proposed new models check out this report.

The new design reinvents the standard norm of smartwatches in the market. Alternative devices sport a minimalistic design that echoes the look and function of a cell phone, just shrunk to a wrist sized version. The design of the Samsung Gear S3 departs from these previous examples to pave its own way in the world of wearable technology.

The beauty of the simplicity in these designs comes from the fact that standard components of a watch have been transformed into technological controls giving you the ability to access apps, respond to text messages, check the weather, and more.

Normal face borders, the bezel, and function buttons around the perimeter, have been transformed into efficient controls that seamlessly blend into the aesthetics of the overall watch.

Both sport the stainless steel bezel which invokes a feel of powerful gears and modern strength in design. The classic leather band lends an ageless impression, together creating a timepiece worthy of any event, any time.

This or That? The Style that Suits Your Needs

Both styles are built off of last year’s model of round faces and a twisting bezel that is used to operate the tech features. The size of the watch confers technorati regal and demands attention for its subtle and classic design.

It has a sharp and masculine appearance, which bodes well for a male clientele but may not suit a female wrist size.

The Gear S3 Frontier is intended to look more athletic and sporty. It has a rugged, adventurous look that is geared toward those who want a G-Shock comparable with the functionality of a Smartwatch.

The Gear S3 Classic, however, has a more high-end look, with a luxurious and elegant design. It is intended for those who are in the market for a designer time piece with the hidden features of a smartwatch.

Regardless of your choice, the watch face hardware with the stainless steel bezel and premium materials exudes a sense of luxury. The Samsung S3 is designed and delivers on its promise to be a versatile watch that is intended to take you from work to play, day to night.

Versatility at Its Finest

This watch acts as a functional yet versatile accessory for a multitude of situations. Versatility comes with the option of two styles and the interchangeable watch faces and compatible wrist bands.

Whether you prefer a more active silicone band or a classic alligator leather style, the Samsung Gear S3 fits the needs and fashion desires of anyone. The new Samsung Galaxy S3 has a sleek and modern watch face with a customizable face design.

You have the ability to choose from 15 pre-designed options or even create your own custom look to show your unique personality. The high quality digital screen easily creates the dimensionality of a traditional multifaceted watch face.

The watchband offers the versatility of interchangeable options. At a standardized 22 mm size, your watchband style and color can be rotated to suit your needs.

You can choose from a variety of styles from an active silicone colored band to the classic black leather to an edgier colored alligator print selection.

Technological Revolution

With a wide range of great capabilities, the S3 is the only gear you need.

With a wide range of great capabilities, the S3 is the only gear you need.

The Samsung Gear S3 achieves its goal of an innovated technologically driven watch with a 1.3 inch display that features Always On technology.

This feature ensures the look of a timeless piece when not being used for its innovative phone technologies. There is no flick of the wrist required to activate the screen, simply view your watch like any other traditional piece!

The new built in Bluetooth abilities allows the ability to take and make phone calls using a built-in speaker, answer text messages, or hear an alarm that you set. These features allow an unprecedented amount of freedom when using your phone unlike any device before.

Bluetooth enabled with a built-in 4 GB of memory, the Samsung Gear S3 is capable of storing music on the go when connected to Wi-Fi so you can go hands-free wherever it’s convenient for you. Pair this feature with your Bluetooth headset and the possibilities of wireless freedom are endless.

The more rugged Samsung S3 Frontier version offers the accessories you need for your active lifestyle. Including an altimeter, barometer and Speedometer this gadget allows you to stay in the know about your active life.

From notifications about weather changes to your current altitude on your hike, the Frontier offers the rugged yet durable accessory for all of your needs.

The Gear S3 also sports a built in GPS. This allows you to leave your phone at home so that you’re still able to access maps and directions needed for your active lifestyle, whether on a trail or on the road to the grocery store. The convenience of the GPS on your wrist is unlike any other.

One of the most convenient aspects of the Gear S3 is its four-day battery life. An efficient technological design allows you to have the energy you need throughout the day with no worry of losing power.

Its sleek design is incorporated into the charging station as well. The Samsung Gear S3 charges wirelessly once you place it on its docking station. It charges quickly to get you back on the go as soon as possible.

Whether you are pursuing a rugged outdoor exploration or in need of a business sleek accessory, the flexibility of this watch embodies the concept of design wearing technology.

All the power and apps of a phone combined with hand held convenience that will find you leaving your smartphone behind.

Special Features

Versatility is the name of the game with the Samsung Gear.

Versatility is the name of the game with the Samsung Gear.

All designs of the Samsung Gear 3S run on an impressive dual-core 1GHz processor with 768MB of RAM and a surprising large 4GB of internal memory.

The addition of triple tap safety monitoring is an especially valuable tool. Three successive pulses on the bezel results in an SOS function that contacts emergency services with your location.

Additionally, the advent of the Samsung Pay function allows you to buy on the go. This state of the art technology at your fingertips allows you to swipe your watch as payment even if you don’t have your phone or wallet.

Don’t worry about a breech in safety, as the watch has a built in security features that require a specific pin and is deactivated when the watch is not on your wrist.

To ensure the safety of your timepiece, each model has a watch face screen covered in Corning Gorilla Glass SR+. Both styles are IP68 water and dust resistant up to 5 feet for 30 minutes. This features ensure the daily use of your device without fear of damage or destruction.

Software Compatibility

In keeping with previous models, the Gear S3 styles function with Samsung’s Tizen Based Wearable Platform 2.3.2. operating system. The new line is compatible with Android smartphones with Android 4.4 or above. The phones also require at least 1.5GB of RAM to work properly.

Samsung had previously proposed iOS support on its smartwatch technology in January. The reality of this cross functionality is questionable and the trials currently underway suggest it is unlikely that dual support of both operating systems will not be in place for the release of the Gear S3.

Want More

With only a preliminary launch of design available, it is hard to determine a final verdict on the new Gear S3. With that being said, the biggest question mark remains around the price of the soon to be released time pieces.

If Samsung manages to match its previous price range of the S2 around $300 it could become a competitive addition to the market. If the technological innovations such as a larger screen, GPS enabled tracking, and higher quality materials become a factor, the price could jump as high as $400 according to some sources.

Comparable devices produced by other leading industry companies have similar proposed prices, depending upon select features.

Regardless of the unknowns, the new products look intriguing enough to keep our attention for a bit longer. Stay in touch with updates and the release date on Samsung’s website.

Kyle Aken


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