Samsung Gear S3 Is Finally Here

The Gear S3 is significantly larger than its Gear S2 predecessor. That’s the most instantly noticeable thing. It also more closely resembles a conventional analog watch than the S2 does.

If you have little wrists, this watch will seem huge on you – and it is also quite masculine.

Samsung S3 Specifications

  • 1.3-inch 360×360 consistently-on screen
  • Dual core 1GHz
  • 768MB of RAM
  • 4GB storage
  • Bluetooth 4.2, Wifi B/G/N, NFC, MST, GPS/Glonass
  • Accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, HRM, ambient light detector
  • 380mAh battery and wireless charging
  • IP68 evaluation
  • Producer: Samsung

The Gear S3 is actually available in two versions: the Gear S3 Classic and the Gear S3 Frontier. There aren’t any important practical differences between both versions, only a change in the strap layout. This results in the Frontier being fractionally more significant at 62g versus the 57g of the Classic. You will need to go Frontier if you need to be built in LTE, also.


The Gear S3 really requires regular 22mm watch straps, regardless, in order to always personalize it to your own preference. It is accessible with a silver or dark grey case, with the finish extended to the rotary bezel that proceeds from the Gear S2.

Measuring 46.1 x 49.1 x 12.9mm, there’s no getting away from the fact that this is a chunky watch. The additional size does mean the screen is now 1.3-inch – bigger than the Gear S2’s. It’s the same resolution at 360 x 360 pixels, but Samsung told it is done work around the antialiasing to help smooth out the edges of text and icons.

The constantly on display makes a return also, but it’s been enhanced over the Gear S2‘s. It now supports up to 16 million colors, as opposed to only the 8 colors of the older version. The constantly on display plays into Samsung’s plan to make the Gear S3 first and foremost a timepiece.

Samsung teamed up with Yvan Arpa, a Swiss watch designer, in coming up with the Gear S3’s styling. It got Arik Levy, an industrial designer, on board to craft the faces and straps. There are some fine layout flourishes to some of the watch faces, including the one which emulates the reflections of light on a metallic surface when you tilt the watch.

The Gear S3 is IP68 rated, so there should be no difficulties wearing it in the shower. It’s additionally dustproof.


Using the rotary bezel to control the interface of the Gear S2 is one of my favorite methods of socializing with a smartwatch. It means your fingers don’t obstruct the screen and it feels intuitive. The Gear S2 Classic added a serrated bezel edge, which relieved the problem. Luckily, the Gear S3 improves on that even further.

The Gear S3’s rotary bezel sees the return of those serrations for both the Frontier and Classic, but there’s additionally some tactile feedback from magnets within the bezel which makes the rotary motion considerably more pleasing and simple to use. It’s a subtle but welcome change.

The UI for replying and rejecting calls has evolved, also, and you’ll be able to use the bezel instead. Samsung says its rotary UI was opened up to third party programmers, so programs including Nest can now control your house temperature when you rotate the bezel like a dial.

As the Gear S3 now supports both Magnetic Safe Transmission (MST) and Near Field Communication (NFC), contactless payment will be potential from the watch.

In part, the size of the Gear S3 can be justified contemplating there’s a raft of detectors inside that make it more like a committed sports watch. There is an altimeter, barometer, accelerometer, GPS and an optical heart rate monitor on the rear. It is also capable of the normal measure counting and slumber tracking.


For fans of hiking or outdoor sports, the location tracking can be used to send an SOS message with your place by triple-patting the home button on the border of the watch. The barometer may also find changes in atmospheric pressure so you are not caught out by inclement weather conditions.

S Health makes a return and you’ll be able to go through workout routines directly from the watch. For golfers, you can get the space to the green thanks to the GPS.

The Gear S3 runs on Samsung’s Tizen OS 2.3.1 and has a dual-core 1GHz chip. There’s 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Beyond that, there’s Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11b/g/n Wifi and NFC built in.

Samsung says there are 10,000 programs on Tizen now. Enthusiasts of Spotify will be pleased to learn that there’s a standalone program accessible, so you can stream music directly from the watch itself. You may also play music through the built-in loudspeaker if you’re so inclined, but you’ll clearly have a much more satisfying encounter using Bluetooth headset or loudspeakers. Disappointingly, there’s no offline Spotify support.

With the increased size, battery capacity has improved, also. It’s now a 380mAh cell, that’ll get you up to four days of battery life with the constantly on display turned off. Turn this on and you’re looking at around two days, which is still better than the Gear S2 offers. Wireless charging has made a return and I was told you can get 10 hours of operation by charging for a quarter hour.



The Samsung Gear S3 packs in lots of useful features that’ll appeal to lovers of the outdoors and sports. It shares many of the sports components of Samsung’s Gear Fit 2. Samsung is making a big deal in particular about the GPS, saying that it makes the Gear S3 a perfect golfing company alongside trekking and running.

If you examine it compared to other committed sports watches from the likes of Suunto, its size becomes somewhat clearer, but I do feel its huge size will rule it out for many individuals. There’s a reason the Gear S2 is staying on sale, and that’s for us, smaller-wristed people.

Development of battery life is excellent, as are those to the constantly on screen. The rotary bezel was enhanced and is a welcome return. The S3 looks like a good built watch for the most part, although it is not really refined to my eyes.

Now that Apple has taken the wraps off its highly anticipated Apple Watch Series 2, deciding the right smartwatch might have become a little trickier. The Apple Watch Series 2 now also contains a GPS detector, much like the Gear S3 and its waterproofing is even better than that on the Gear S3. You are able to take it to depths of up to 50m, which needed some smart engineering on Apple’s part. Once you are done in the water, the watch uses its loudspeakers to eject the water out of the loudspeaker cabinet.

Apple has also partnered with Nike to create a special Nike version that’s a unique sports-friendly perforated watch strap and shortcuts to the Nike running program through custom watch faces. The relatively smaller size and lighter weight of the Apple Watch Series 2 might well make it the better sports company.


After staying tight-lipped at a cost since the statement at IFA, pricing has finally been disclosed for both the Classic and Frontier versions of the Gear S3. The retailer, Mobile Fun, has disclosed both variants will start at £349.99, which is higher than expected retail price. Particularly considering many Samsung representatives at IFA were remarking the cost would be around the cost of the Gear S2 when it first started.

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