Sunday , August 20 2017

Samsung announce a pair of new Gear S3 smartwatches, and they’re coming to Australia

Gear S3

As expected Samsung took to the stage at IFA in Berlin overnight to announce the latest devices in their Gear lineup, the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Classic. This pair of Tizen-powered smartwatches takes the Gear line to the next level.

The major difference between the two models is the inclusion of LTE support in the Gear S3 Frontier, unfortunately we don’t look to be getting the LTE version in Australia, apart from that the two devices share almost identical specifications including, IP68 dust and water protection, Samsung Pay integration (incorporating both NFC and MST), GPS and an always on 1.3″ AMOLED circular display. For a smartwatch, those are some impressive specifications, and a definite improvement over existing offerings.

If you want to check out all of the specs check them out below.

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 Samsung Gear S3 frontierSamsung Gear S3 classic
Screen size1.3-inch1.3-inch
Screen technologyAMOLEDAMOLED
Resolution360 x 360360 x 360
PPI278278
ChipsetExynos7270Exynos7270
Core config1.0 GHz x 21.0 GHz x 2
Ram768MB768MB
Storage4GB4GB
MicroSD
Battery380 mAh380 mAh
Charging methodWirelessWireless
Cellular3G/LTENo
SpeakerYesYes
Android OSTizenTizen
Dimensions46 x 49 x 12.946 x 49 x 12.9
Weight62g57g
Colours--
Build materials--
Band colours--
Band materials--
Band swappableYesYes
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Samsung set out to design a watch that offered the union between traditional elegant watch design and ubiquitous technology that we have all begun to expect. Customisation is also at the centre of the Gear S3 from the fully swappable 22mm watch bands to the customisable watch faces (of course it’s digital). Elegance and customisation are only part of the promise with both IP68 and the newly announced Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ included the Gear S3 should be a hardy and durable device without looking like it was designed for the military.

Samsung’s rotating bezel makes a return as both an homage to traditional watch design and as an intuitive interface for the device itself. The bezel’s feature set has been expanded to improve the overall user experience.

The standout feature here has to be the inclusion of both NFC and MST payments in the watch itself. With Samsung Pay available in Australia from ANZ and American Express, it’s likely that we will get at least limited support here. I for one am very interested to play around with watch based mobile payments.

The Gear S3 will launch with a full set of apps and services from Samsung to compensate for the reduced app ecosystem compared to Android Wear. The big question is has Samsung hit the mark with these devices? The answer is we won’t know until we see them, which apparently wont be too far away.

When asked about the release of the two new Gear S3 smartwatches in Australia Phil Newton, ‎Corporate Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung Electronics Australia had the following comments:

“We have announced the global launch of two beautifully crafted wristwatches that also offer our most advanced wearable technology available today including GPS, heart rate monitor, onboard microphone, as well as a music streaming services.
The Gear S3 range delivers an optimal blend of technical intelligence and know-how with beautifully intricate craftsmanship that people expect from a premium timepiece.
The Gear S3 range will be available in Australia before Christmas. We will announce local pricing and availability closer to launch.”

Chris was rather impressed with the Gear S2 when he reviewed it and we are definitely looking forward to the Australian Release of the Gear S3, as well as the opportunity to put it through its paces.

How do you like the look of the Samsung Gear S3? Let us know below.

 

Duncan Jaffrey   Journalist

Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

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8 Comments on "Samsung announce a pair of new Gear S3 smartwatches, and they’re coming to Australia"

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Matthew Taylor
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Matthew Taylor

Has anyone seen any more detail on Australian release/pricing? Have my birthday soon 🙂

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Nice!

Mikhail Cass
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Mikhail Cass

Im a bit confused.
You say we aren’t getting the LTE version, but the SE Australia said “The Gear S3 range will be available” here.
Are there 3 versions?
Gear S3 Classic
Gear S3 Frontier
Gear S3 Frontier LTE

I just like the look of the Frontier better than the Classic. The Frontier looks more similar to my S2 Classic than the S3 Classic does.

Ados8000
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Ados8000

There will be three versions and as previously with the Gear S2 3G Australia will not receive that model. The Gear watches use eSIM and Australian service providers are not willing to adopt a technology that gives the customer more power and reduces their profits, bad luck for us I might be getting the LG Urban 2 instead.

Mikhail Cass
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Mikhail Cass

That’s fine by me, I have 0 need for a 3G/4G enabled smartwatch.
I’ll survive if the weather isn’t up to date on my watch 😛
I just like the look of the Frontier and hope I can get My hands on one.

Ados8000
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Ados8000

It’s not the weather. A bluetooth only enabled smart watch just means you have to always have your phone…well then it seems a bit silly as I might as well look at my phone. 3G/LTE means I can wiz over to the shops or go for a run/workout and leave my heavy pocket rock behind and still be connected and listen to music.

Mikhail Cass
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Mikhail Cass

I’ve owned the Gear 2 and the Gear S2. You can load up your music on both of them. Even count your step / track activity.
Sure you won’t receive texts or calls but if you were going for a run you wouldn’t want to be distracted by a LinkedIn email request anyway.

Ados8000
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Ados8000

I guess it’s just my preference towards cellular connection. For business reasons and some personal I need to be contactable all the time. Shame that here in AU the LTE model like the S2 3G is not available. Might actually see if an import from US can be done.

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