Samsung announces Gear S3 Smartwatch

Samsung announces Gear S3 Smartwatch

In Berlin, Germany, Samsung has announced the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, ahead of the IFA 2016 event.

The Gear S3 has been inspired by the art of watchmaking and traditional timepieces. This has been combined with the latest innovative digital mobile technology, to create a unique wearable, in two distinct styles. 

Gear S3 classic

The Samsung Gear S3 classic has been designed using the principals of minimalism and the elegance of most iconic timepieces. The shape and size has be chosen to attain the same balance and consistency of a well-crafted luxury watch.

Samsung Gear S3 classic

The watch face weighs 57g and measures 46 x 49 x 12.9mm. 

Gear S3 frontier

The Samsung Gear S3 frontier has a rugged outdoor look and has been designed to perform in any environment, be that a business or leisure one.

Gear S3 frontier

The watch face weighs 62g and has the same dimensions as the Gear S3 Classic

Gear S3 design

The Gear S3 has been life-rated with IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, with added military-level durability. As a first for a Gear smartwatch, Samsung has opted to use Gorilla Glass SR+, which Corning has developed for wearables, being tougher and more scratch resistant. 

The 1.3” Super AMOLED display uses 16 million colours over a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels (278 pixels per inch). A full-colour Always On Display (AOD) shows the time and doesn’t fade to black, keeping the overall look inline with the look of a luxury analog watch.

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The large watch face was chosen to match the current trends of the world’s leading and emerging premium watch brands. The designs incorporates a rotating bezel, premium finishing and buckles. The Gear S3 is compatible with 22mm watch bands, enabling consumers to easily personalise and match the look of the watch, to any outfit or occasion.

Gear S3 features

The Samsung Gear S3 has a new rotating bezel that now has enhanced features. Without touching the display, the user can accept or reject incoming calls or snooze their morning alarm. 

Owners can write on the screen, with the letters automatically turning into text, for sending in messages. Gear S3 owners can also use the same process to create to-do lists, short reminders and to manage a hectic schedule, with the Reminders app.

Gear S3 classic

Designed to ensure that the wearer never misses a call again, 4G on the Gear S3 frontier works with a built-in speaker, which can also be used to listen to music or activate voice messaging. The Gear S3 classic has Wi-Fi connectivity and both models use wireless Bluetooth. 

The integrated GPS can be used to accurately monitor daily fitness activities, track altitude, atmospheric pressure, distance traveled, speed and sudden weather changes, in conjunction with a built-in speedometer, barometer and altimeter.

The Gears S3 is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor with 768MB RAM and the Tizen Based Wearable Platform 2.3.2. The 380mAh battery will last for up to four days and this is rechargeable, through WPC Inductive wireless charging.

Samsung Pay for Gear S3 will allow owners to register a debit or credit card, to make payments using Near Field Communication (NFT) or Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST).

Samsung Pay for Gear S3

In the case of an emergency, the Gear S3 can alert family, friends and emergency professionals, by activating a SOS feature, with location tracking. Personal security is married up with device security and the Samsung Knox Wearable SDK will be made available to third-party developers. The Samsung Knox security platform will open up new and broader enterprise opportunities in the future.  

Gear S3 apps

The Gear S3’s 4GB internal memory can be used to store new apps, and in a first, a selection of apps can be downloaded straight onto the Gear S3, and without the need to download them first, on a smartphone.

Gear S3 fitness app

Apps includes fitness, news, sports, music and travel apps, all optimised for the complete range of Gear smartwatches, including the Gear S2 and Gear S3. Owners may also download customisable watch faces and personalise the circular user interface (UI), for any lifestyle.

Gear S3 collaborations

Renowned industrial designer and artist, Arik Levy, who is best known for his sculptures, such as his signature Rock pieces, limited-edition designs and unique installations, is collaborating with Samsung. The collaboration will see Samsung introduce artistic strap designs and watch faces, later this year through select channels.

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Arik Levy said “It was interesting and fun to collaborate with Samsung on creating unique and evolving watch face concepts and watch bands for the Gear S3. Inspired by my artwork, installations and sculptures, we created features that not only technology-savvy consumers will love but also those who place a high value on art, design, freedom of the mind and aesthetics.”

Adding to the existing Tizen ecosystem, Samsung has also integrated BMW’s personal mobility companion. This allows owners to get alerts for when it is time to leave for the next trip, check the vehicles fuel levels and unlock their BMW. All of this is possible while staying on time and in touch, all from the face of the Gear S3 smartwatch. 

BMW personal mobility companion

Samsung’s Gear S3 statements

Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Wearable Business, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, Younghee Lee, said “With the Gear S3, we continue to build on our wearables heritage of offering diverse choices to enhance consumers’ unique lifestyles,”

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Lee further said “Samsung Gear S2 achieved meaningful progress in the smartwatch category with a personalised watch face and a versatile rotating bezel that provided an intuitive smartwatch experience. Now with the new Gear S3, we expand our Gear collection and introduce not only a great smartwatch, but a great watch. With smart capabilities and sophisticated, elegant design, the Gear S3 marks a significant addition to our smartwatch portfolio.”

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Written by: Michael Brown