The Classic version of Samsung's Gear S3 can now be purchased with LTE connectivity

The Classic version of Samsung's Gear S3 can now be purchased with LTE connectivity
Although 2016 was a somewhat quiet year for smartwatches, there were still plenty of big-hitters that were released to keep things interesting for those already sold on the idea of strapping a computer to your wrist in order to get convenient notifications and other functionality without having to dig your phone out of your pocket. The Apple Watch Series 2 proved to be a solid upgrade for those in camp iOS, and although we didn't see any big smartwatch releases from the likes of Motorola or LG for those using an Android-powered handset, Samsung introduced a big, powerful wearable in the form of the Gear S3

The Samsung Gear S3 comes in two distinct models, the Frontier and Classic, with each one boasting a drastically different design language. The look of the Frontier is catered towards those looking for a rugged and durable outdoorsy type of watch, whereas the Classic is better equipped for people who want their smartwatch to look right at home when worn with a suit. Having these two different styles to choose from is awesome, and while both the Frontier and Classic are pretty much the same in every other aspect aside from looks, one advantage that the former has over the latter is the fact that it supports LTE connectivity - allowing you to use the Gear S3 Frontier as a completely standalone device without the need to have it connected to a smartphone.


This is a feature that makes a lot of sense on a smartwatch that's catered towards people who want a gadget that they can take outdoors with them and not have to bring their phone along to still stay in touch with friends and family members, but not being able to get the Classic variant of the Gear S3 with this additional  functionality certainly is a bit of a bummer. Thankfully, it appears that Samsung is starting to do something about this. Samsung has just released a version of the Gear S3 Classic with LTE connectivity on SK Telecom in South Korea. The wearable features a price of 451,000 won (around $390), and it also comes equipped with three exclusive watch faces that have been built just for this new model.

Samsung has yet to announce any plans for bringing the LTE-equipped Gear S3 Classic to the States or anywhere else in the world outside of South Korea, but we're certainly hoping that the company does. This isn't a particularly huge update, but it's one that we'd love to see expand to more markets soon.

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11 Comments

1. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

S3 Classic is a beautiful watch with (in my opinion) the best, easiest to use interface. The killer though, that keeps the S3 in the realm of more of a fashion watch, is the lack of apps. Example-I recently got a Google Home, and as anyone that has that (or the Amazon Echo) knows, the app IFTTT is indispensable. My Apple Watch has it as an app, my S3 is relegated to one third party imitation that you have to PAY FOR! Compound that with the lack of a decent navigation app (HereweGo is garbage), not to mention innumerable apps simply not available on the S3, and it boggles my mind that Samsung doesn't pump billions into making sure the S3's are able to offer more apps that people want. I applaud what Samsung has done, but they really need to address the poor app selection issue.

11. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I have an S2, and it does almost everything I want, except make sounds. The thing I love about the watch is that it tells me about: texts, who's calling, reminders, emails, and exercise things. It also allows me to reject calls, and end most phone notifications (keeping my phone quiet). Even when I'm on the treadmill and my phone is in a locker. It is such a good tool. (And I love Always On - I wish it would stay in that mode though, until I touch the screen) Those are all what I wear it for. What I don't like: no speaker (just on my version), odd sized wristband, it doesn't do payments as well as the phone and some other things. But for navigation, it would be too distracting while driving, as the screen is too small. There are a few things that Samsung could do to make the watch near perfect, but adding tons of visually detailed apps won't be valuable to me.

2. Tipus

Posts: 869; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Best smartwatch so far, way above it's competitors. Kudos to Samsung, can't wait for Note 8!

3. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I really like this watch. I know someone that has one and it is awesome. But to me it is not a watch for a woman's wrist, it is just to big and didn't look right on me when I tried it on.

4. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Try it on, it may look better than you think. I personally have never seen a woman wearing an S3, but the Samsung rep at my local Best Buy said she's sold some to several women, a few of whom she said were quite petite.

5. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I did try his on, I just didn't like how it looked on me. I wouldn't call my wrist petite but they are small.

6. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I'm a guy and I returned my S3 Classic because I just did not like the bulkiness. I much prefer the slimness, as well as overall design, of my S2 Classic. The S3 Frontier is a step up from the S2, but the S3 Classic is a major step down from the S2 Classic when it comes to aesthetics.

10. Nostromo79

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

I really like my S3 Frontier but I must swing my arms like a primate 'cause I will sometimes clang my S3 off of objects and doorways that I pass. Yeah, it's no shrinking violet but I like the heft of the watch. I hope I don't utterly destroy mine before a Gear S4 debuts.

7. cormac

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Actually, there is a very good navigation app, Gear Navigator Standalone. I have been using it since it came out for the Gear S, then the S2 3g and now the S3. I agree that HereWeGo is poor, especially because you still have to have a BT connection to get navigation. Gear Navigator Standalone fully functions without a smartphone. It uses Google Maps data, including traffic and works very well. It is $2.99,but is totally worth it. On the S2, it ate a lot of battery, but in the S3, I use it all the time without the phone around.

8. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

I'll give it a try.

9. Nostromo79

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

Verizon, those Luddites, haven't deigned to offer an explanation as to why they won't carry an LTE-equipped Gear S3 Frontier; now there may be another watch that they rebuff at their whim.

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