It has been over a year since the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch was announced, and Samsung has just released a special version of the Gear S3: the Golf Edition. The Gear S3 Golf Edition, which was developed in collaboration with Golfzon Co. (a company that develops indoor golf simulators), will be only sold in South Korea.
Samsung unveiled the Gear S3 back in August of last year during the IFA 2016 Trade Show Event in Berlin, Germany; the smartwatch was released to consumers a few months later in November. The Gear S3 is more of a "refined" smartwatch rather than a completely redesigned one. The main upgrade between the previous Gear S2 and the current Gear S3 is improved performance and battery life. Nevertheless, the Gear S3 does contain a few new added features, including a GPS tracker and magnetic payments. The Gear S3 has turned out to be quite a success in terms of sales, as Samsung recently beat FitBit in smartwatch market share, placing the South Korean company second only behind Apple. The success of the Gear S3 may be the reason why Samsung did not release a rumored Gear S4 during this year's IFA Trade Show Event. Instead, the company has opted to create a specialized edition of the Gear S3 known as the Gear S3 Golf Edition. Basically, this slightly redesigned version of the Gear S3 is aiming to improve a golfer's experience by providing useful information regarding the conditions of the golf course that he/she is playing on. A Smart Caddie app comes preinstalled in the smartwatch and gives users their current location as well as a geographical overview of the golf course. However, other than the Smart Caddie app, the Gear S3 Golf Edition is nearly identical to the existing Gear S3 in terms of external design and software UI.
Although golfers still greatly rely on caddies for tips and insight, Samsung hopes to lessen this dependence by adding in an aspect of technology into the popular sport. The Gear S3 Golf Edition is currently exclusive to South Korea and will cost buyers 399,300 won (approximately $352 USD).