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Following the Samsung Gear S3 showing up on Samsung’s site over the weekend, Samsung has officially announced the launch of their latest smartwatch the Gear S3 Classic and S3 Frontier, and both variants will sell for $599 AUD from Samsung and selected retail partners.

The Gear S3 was launched at IFA Berlin back in September this year and continues Samsung’s iteration on their smartwatch strategy. The Gear S3 is runs TizenOS and also includes many features that Android Wear is still to implement, features such as NFC payments (using Samsung Pay) which much of the Wear community has been anxiously awaiting for some time.

When Chris reviewed the Gear S2 last year he was genuinely impressed with it, and with Samsung expanding support beyond just Samsung devices you can now pair the Gear S3 with different phones. At $599 it’s not the cheapest device, but with the 4-day battery life and solid construction, this isn’t a cheap watch.

As a bonus to those who order early, you will receive a Bonus Red watch band, which fits into the standard 22mm lugs on the Gear S3. You can preorder now from either the Samsung online store or from Harvey Norman. Those who preorder should get their devices on November 18th, otherwise head into store and pick on up.

If you need a quick refresher on the specs here they are (note the LTE model of the Frontier is not slated for Australia):

 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
NFCYesYes
SpeakerYesYes
Android OSTizenTizen
Dimensions46 x 49 x 12.946 x 49 x 12.9
Weight62g57g
Colours--
Build materials--
Band colours--
Band materials--
Band swappableYesYes

We’re hoping to get some hands-on time with the new devices in the coming weeks, so you can expect the full Ausdroid review treatment in the near future.

Are you interested in one of the gear S3s? Let us know below.

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Andrew Keane
Andrew Keane
3 years ago

What they dont tell you, is half the advertised stuff is not yet true, well for Oz anyway. It is almost false advertising. Leaving aside the lack of LTE (more our Telco’s fault) there is no Spotify yet, the GPS only aprtially works without a bluetooth connection to your phone. The SMS message app is not installed in the Aus version and so on.

Matthew Taylor
Matthew Taylor
3 years ago

just got this.. anyone know any more?? “We would like to advise you that we have just been informed by Samsung that the release of the Gear S3 has unfortunately been postponed until further notice. Below is the statement from Samsung. “The Samsung Gear S3 pre-sale and on-sale dates for Australia has been postponed until further notice. Samsung Australia will share more information soon. Please ensure all planned marketing and communication regarding Gear S3 pre-sale, on-sale, launch, as well as pricing and availability, is placed on hold until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.” Thank… Read more ยป

David Watt
David Watt
Reply to  Matthew Taylor
3 years ago

Weird…Googling brings up very little. Who was that from?

Matthew Taylor
Matthew Taylor
Reply to  David Watt
3 years ago

That was from the team a exeltek… yet to hear more from them.

David Watt
David Watt
Reply to  Matthew Taylor
3 years ago

It’s not true. I’m 99.9% certain.

Oh and I pre-ordered one today ๐Ÿ™‚ They’re shipping out next Thursday. I think you were given the bum steer.

Matthew Taylor
Matthew Taylor
Reply to  David Watt
3 years ago

Just to update, I canned my order with above and ordered direct with Samsung using the S7 owner discount.. shipped Thursday arrived Friday! happy days!

Matthew Taylor
Matthew Taylor
3 years ago

ordered….. just have to wait now.. ๐Ÿ™

Brandon D'Souza
Brandon D'Souza
3 years ago

Exeltek has the them for $485 Australian stock, they’re a Google Trusted Store as well. Also $575 from Samsung Online Store with Cashrewards.

Shane Egan
Shane Egan
3 years ago

Bleh…. really was after the lte version as well. Not a compelling buy without it. Maybe even a $30 plan from a carrier with watch included would be ideal.

Manoj
Manoj
3 years ago

I’m getting the Frontier. Harvey Norman have it for $579 with a bonus band.

Jaimie Hunt
Jaimie Hunt
3 years ago

Will the LTE work in other countries? If purchased here?

__af
__af
3 years ago

Was very keen for the Frontier. But not now, learning that the LTE model isn’t coming down under. Crap.

Brendan Adams
Brendan Adams
Reply to  __af
3 years ago

Really? no Frontier for Aust? argh. I loved the first gen with 3g – it was the biggest reason for having it. Just a shame the charger and battery life were rubbish (what on earth were they thinking with that charger!?!). I would have seriously considered the Frontier. bummer

__af
__af
Reply to  Brendan Adams
3 years ago

The Frontier is available . Just not the LTE version. So the phone has to be with it all the time. Just like an Apple watch .