Samsung Gear S3 Frontier and S3 Classic official hands-on and promo


Samsung has just taken the wraps off its Gear S3 smartwatch: and it's an even better looking gadget than the successful Gear S2 that the company unveiled last year. In fact, it comes in two models, the more sporty Gear S3 Frontier and the more elegant Gear S3 Classic, but both of them are made to resemble the looks and style of a traditional watch.

Despite its classic build and feel, the Gear S3 family remains firmly in smartwatch territory in terms of functionality. Both phones feature a stand-alone GPS, altimeter and barometer, and all of that is integrated onto the Tizen platform. The rotating bezel - the cool signature feature from the Gear S2 - is also here, but with more function, as you can rotate the bezel to take or reject a phone call on your watch, or you can twist it to quickly set a voice reminder.


The Gear S3 is also growing more independent: it will have a version that connects to your carrier's data network and completely support 4G LTE connectivity, so you can use it without being tethered to a smartphone. Since it's always within easy reach on your wrist, Samsung has also neatly incorporated an SOS call function that you activate by triple tapping the home key.

Conveniently, the Gear S3 is also IP68-certified, meaning that it can withstand immersion in water for up to 30 minutes without getting damaged, and that's useful if you have it on while it rains.


And for those mad at smartwatch batteries, the Gear S3 comes with a power saving mode that basically turns the S3 in a regular watch and lasts for some 10 hours on just 5% of battery charge. Quick charge is also on board, so a swift 15-minute visit to the wall charger gets you up to 10 hours of usage in traditional mode.

You can see all of these features and a few more in the official Samsung Gear S3 hands on and promo videos right below.

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14 Comments

1. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

superb watch.. atleast.. it'll wipe the drain for a while for the Naughty 7 dramas ^_^^_^

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1842; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Is it bigger than the S2 is the real question?

3. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

yes slightly bigger.. .see the infograph

4. GeorgeAF

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Looks awesome. I want one

5. surethom

Posts: 1729; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Who a samsung thought it was a good idea to make the s3 even thicker? Thinner is the way to go.

9. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

Battery bump from 250 to 380 mAh Speakers GPS They more than make up for the 1mm or so added thickness.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I think Samsung has all but proven beyond a reasonable doubt, that round watches look betetr than square ones. Now that the device is larger, that means text will fit even better too over the older models. Did anyone notice? The Frontier supports both NFC and MST mobile payments, so it will be 100% compatible with Samsung Pay like the S6/7/Note5/7. That's a huge plus! I might just break down and get me that Frontier model. I like classy mixed with sporty!

7. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Moto proved that well before the S2. But we knew it before any of them.

8. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Id say Samsung did circular best with the rotating bezel and circular UX

11. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I agree. But as far as looking better, we've known for some time round looks better. In fact, I'd say the Gear S2/3 aren't even the best looking round smartwatch.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Love it, but the S2 is getting most of the functions, so I'm staying with it.....for now.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Wait. You have an S2? I thought you had the S. I just can't keep up with you... I might pick up an S3. About a week ago we visited DC, and I fell to the pavement and scuffed my S2 Classic, on the metal. It's not super visible, but I can see it, and it bugs me.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The day I received my Note, I added a line and got the S2 for free. My wife now has my Gear S.

14. hillaryisacriminal

Posts: 242; Member since: Aug 26, 2016

hope it don't explode on user hand , user must carry fire extinguisher while wearing this grenade watch.

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