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 frontier||Samsung Gear S3 classic||Screen size||1.3-inch||1.3-inch||Screen technology||AMOLED||AMOLED||Resolution||360 x 360||360 x 360||PPI||278||278||Chipset||Exynos7270||Exynos7270||Core config||1.0 GHz x 2||1.0 GHz x 2||Ram||768MB||768MB||Storage||4GB||4GB||MicroSD||—||—||Battery||380 mAh||380 mAh||Charging method||Wireless||Wireless||Cellular||3G/LTE||No||NFC||Yes||Yes||Speaker||Yes||Yes||Android OS||Tizen||Tizen||Dimensions||46 x 49 x 12.9||46 x 49 x 12.9||Weight||62g||57g||Colours||-||-||Build materials||-||-||Band colours||-||-||Band materials||-||-||Band swappable||Yes||Yes|
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.
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