Building on the success of its previous smartwatch, Samsung has decided to release not one, but two brand new smartwatches called the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier. This time round, the Korean-based company has introduced several features that makes its smartwatch… smarter. That said, despite the new additions, Samsung has opted to retain most of the design cues from its previous smartwatch with the new Gear S3 smartwatches – why fix something that isn’t broken right?
Interestingly, both the Samsung Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier smartwatches will come with a “chunkier” 46mm x 49mm case and a thickness of 12.9mm; which is a significant jump in size compared to the previous Gear S2 Classic that had a measurement of 39.9mm x 43.6mm and a thickness of 11.4mm. Obviously, the display of Samsung’s Gear S3 smartwatches have also been increased: 1.3-inch circular AMOLED – an increase of 0.1 inch over the Gear S2.
Having said that, the resolution of Samsung’s latest smartwatches remain the same at 360 x 360 with a ppi (pixels per inch) of 278. Differences between both the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier and Classic start with their respective watch heads. The Frontier comes with a more distinct rotating bezel that features greater texture. In addition, the Gear S3 Frontier is also fitted with two textured rectangular buttons on the right side of the watch head. All of this results in a rather masculine-looking package reminiscent of chronograph watches.
Samsung’s Gear S3 Classic, on the other hand, builds upon the classy design of the older Gear S2 Classic smartwatch. The smartwatch features a simple yet perfectly practical rotating bezel that comprises of smaller “teeth” that surrounds the outside ring. Unlike the Frontier, Samsung has decided to fit the Gear S3 Classic with small, rounded side buttons.
Aesthetics aren’t the only upgrade that Samsung has implemented in its newest lineup of smartwatches. RAM has been increased to 786MB, quite an upgrade from last year’s model with 512MB. The Gear S3 smartwatches also feature a larger 380mAh battery; Samsung claims this would enable both smartwatches to last for around three to four days on a single charge.
Both the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic smartwatches will be fitted with Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, NFC, and MST connectivity for cashless payments. MST connectivity will allow the Gear S3 to be used with older swipe-only payment terminals. Of course, the usual accelerometer, heart-rate sensor, gyroscope, and barometer modules are also present with the Gear S3. Samsung’s Gear S3 Frontier, being the more premium variant, also comes with LTE connectivity, making it arguably the most feature-packed smartwatch around.
Samsung, however, did not mention the exact release date and prices for the Gear S3 smartwatches, although it is said that the company will be making an announcement regarding this towards the end of this year. More information regarding Samsung’s newest smartwatches can be found here.