Hands-On: Samsung Gear S3 Classic, Gear S3 Frontier


Earlier today, during a pre-IFA 2016 press event, Samsung finally unveiled the new Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier. Cut from the same cloth, these are Samsung's latest and greatest smartwatches and the latest to join the long line of Gear wearables. Split into two different options, the Gear S3 has been designed – with the help of Swiss minds – to look and feel more like a traditional watch, even more so than last year's Gear S2. We've been able to go hands-on with the new duo of smartwatches, and have a raft of images as well as some thoughts to share with you all.

Starting with the overall look and feel, the Gear S3 is still similar to the Gear S2's look, but it's much more watch-like now. Gone are the modern tapered edges from the Gear S2 and replaced with more classic and traditional watch lugs. Which are now 22mm standard fittings on both versions of the Gear S3. For its display, we're looking at a gorgeous 1.3-inch Super AMOLED display, which is now fitted with Gorilla Glass SR+, which should ensure that the Gear S3 stands up to the beating that everyday wearing throws at it, so too should the stainless steel used, which Samsung promises is the same type that Swiss brands use in their high-end wrist watches. The Gear S3 Frontier, which can be seen in the gallery down below, differs from the Classic by offering a more rugged and modern appearance. This includes flatter, more textured buttons as well as more going on in the rotating bezel. Still with standard 22mm strap fittings, the Gear S3 Frontier will ship with a silicon watch strap and also offer users 3G and 4G connectivity.

The Gear S3 Classic meanwhile, is designed for those that are looking to get their hands on something more traditional in look and feel. With a lighter color to it, and more traditional buttons that protrude from the casing, the Gear S3 classic offers users the sort of feel a regular watch would. Unlike the Gear S3 Frontier however, this will ship with just Bluetooth 4.2 and WiFi connectivity. Both of these models share the same specs, including the same 380 mAh battery and included wireless charger, which should help to streamline the Gear S3 lineup from last year's oft-confusing Gear S2 line.


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