Samsung has unveiled its next generation smartwatches, and surprised the market with two versions, the sport Galaxy Gear S3 Frontier and the more refined Classic.
The Frontier become the first watch from the major mobile phone makers that can perform most of its functions without being tethered to smartphone.
The Samsung Gear S3’s 1.3-inch circular Super AMOLED always-on display has a resolution of 360 x 360 and a pixel density of 278ppi (pixels per inch), and it’s protected by extra-tough Corning Gorilla Glass SR+, said to rival the abilities of sapphire crystal.
The Android-only watch has all the usual features of a smartwatch, including notifications, calls and texts, microphone and speaker, speedometer, barometer, altimeter, contactless payment and activity and heart rate trackers.GPS and LTE built in are exclusive to the Frontier model.
“Apart from the design, LTE support of the S3 Frontier, and weight, both versions of the Gear S3 are evenly matched in the spec stakes, with a dual core 1.0GHz processor, 4GB internal memory, 380mAh battery and 768MG RAM.” reports techradar.com.
“The Gear S3 Frontier also features an SOS mode that allows users to activate location tracking to alert families, friends and emergency services if the wearer encounters any problems, even when they don’t have their smartphone on them.” Techradar.com goes onto report.
The new larger battery means that both versions of the watch have a four day estimated battery life. The Tizen OS on the pieces is also said to have greater efficiency than that of Android Wear, helping battery life further.
Both watches have a stainless steel 46mm case with the rotating bezel and come with an interchangeable rubber or leather 22mm strap. “Answer or reject phone calls, turn off alarms, control the volume and display brightness levels. Browse apps and scroll through emails. All it takes is a simple turn of the circular bezel” according to the Samsung website.
The two watches are set to go on sale in the UK in October, no price was mentioned by Samsung but it’s likely to similar to previous, making it £249. Samsung have also confirmed it plans to partner with De Grisogono in the future to make a luxurious piece fitted with diamonds, much like the S2 watch.