Samsung to launch Gear S3 smartwatch in India on January 10
Samsung will launch its third-generation Gear S, smartwatch — the Gear S3 – in India on January 10. The company is now sending media invites for the same, that reads, “Samsung India cordially invites you to an evening of celebrating timeless style which is innovative, personal and eternal” and has the Gear S3 in the background. To recall, Samsung had first unveiled the Gear S3 in August last year, ahead of IFA 2016 in Berlin.
Just like the Gear S2, the Gear S3 is also available in two variants: Classic and Frontier. While the Classic should appeal to those looking for a more minimalistic design, the Frontier has been designed for users with more active lifestyles. It is yet to be seen if Samsung will bring both the Classic and Frontier versions of the Gear S3 to India.
The Gear S3 focuses on improvements in almost all quarters — display size, protection, more RAM, more and improved options for fitness tracking and more importantly better battery life — over its predecessor, according to Samsung. On the face of it however, the Gear S3 sticks close to the Gear S2, in that it still features a round dial with a rotating bezel, deeply integrated with the smartwatch’s Tizen OS.
It comes with a 1.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a 360×360 pixels resolution which is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass SR+ panel, specifically designed for wearables. The USP of the smartwatch is said to be its Full Colour Always-On Display mode — taken from Samsung’s Galaxy range phones — which, according to Samsung, allows the screen to display 16 million colours even during sleep mode.
The Gear S3 is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance, with the rugged Frontier variant also featuring military grade protection and shock resistance capabilities. The dial is carved out of jewellery-grade 360L stainless steel. On the inside, the smartwatch is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor clubbed with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and MST (for mobile payments using Samsung Pay) and GPS. The Frontier additionally supports LTE for independent voice-calling via dedicated microphone and speaker on-board the smartwatch.
Just like its predecessor, the Gear S3 runs Tizen-based Wearable Platform 2.3.2, and this version introduces some new features. There is now an option to accept or reject calls, accept notifications using the rotating bezel. There is also a handy SOS mode, in case of emergency and support for Samsung Knox security comes pre-bundled with the smarwatch.
Sensors on-board the Gear S3 include: accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, gyro, and a heart-rate monitor. There’s also a speedometer to measure top speed onboard the smarwatch.
Both the Classic and Frontier variants are backed by 380mAh batteries, rated to deliver up to four days of battery life on moderate usage. The Gear S3 is compatible with all Android smartphones running Android 4.4.4 and upwards with 1.5GB+ RAM with support. Samsung has recently added support for iOS devices as well.
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