After months of waiting and anticipation, #Samsung has officially unveiled the Gear S3 in two variants – the Gear S3 frontier and the Gear S3 classic. While both models pack fairly impressive hardware and design, the Gear S3 frontier appears to be the more evolved version, while the classic model just looks like a revamped version of the Gear S2 Classic from last year.
The frontier replaces the entry-level Gear S2 and packs a more robust body, without any of the sportiness involved. This looks like a rugged and durable wearable, which is perhaps the biggest change we see in terms of design. The timepiece itself will remain mostly unchanged as Samsung is using a 1.3-inch Super AMOLED circular display (an increase of 0.1-inch compared to the predecessor) accompanied by Corning’s freshly announced Gorilla Glass SR+.
Both variants are running Tizen out of the box and will be compatible with a wide range of Android devices as long as they have Android 4.4+ and 1.5GB of RAM on board. iOS devices will be supported soon as well. The battery has been bumped from 250 mAh to 380 mAh, allowing users to get more out of the smartwatches. The RAM has been increased from 512MB to 768MB while storage remains unchanged at 4GB. The popular rotating bezel has been retained with both models.
Strangely, the Gear S3 Classic will remain a WiFi only offering, while the Gear S3 frontier will be available in LTE models from T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon over the coming weeks. The Gear S3 classic will be available from Best Buy, Amazon, Macy’s, as well as Samsung’s dedicated online store. The company hasn’t shared pricing details for both smartwatches.