Samsung Launches Gear S3
Samsung unveils bigger, more rugged, successor to 2015’s Gear S2. Meet the Tizen powered, Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch.
Published: Tuesday, September 6th 2016
Samsung unveiled the much expected Gear S3 Smartwatch at IFA 2016 this past week.
To pursue the likes of the popular Gear S2 released in 2015, the S3 had big shoes to fill.
According to Samsung, the new Gear S3 is inspired by "traditional timepieces and the art of watchmaking".
Their aim was to combine timeless design with the latest in mobile technology such as water resistance, mobile payments, LTE connectivity, and built-in speaker and GPS.
Samsung's Gear S3 is available in two designs to suit different users’ lifestyles: Frontier and Classic.
Inspired by the active explorer, the Gear S3 frontier evokes a rugged outdoor look with an enduring style that blends form and function. The frontier was designed to perform in any setting or environment – whether business or leisure.
The Gear S3 classic pays homage to the minimalist, elegant style found in the most iconic timepieces. The classic was designed with meticulous attention to detail – with its size and shape chosen to attain the same consistency and balance of a well-crafted luxury watch.
“With the Gear S3, we continue to build on our wearables heritage of offering diverse choices to enhance consumers’ unique lifestyles. Samsung Gear S2 achieved meaningful progress in the smartwatch category with a personalised watch face and a versatile rotating bezel that provided an intuitive smartwatch experience.
Now with the new Gear S3, we expand our Gear collection and introduce not only a great smartwatch but a great watch. With smart capabilities and sophisticated, elegant design, the Gear S3 marks a significant addition to our smartwatch portfolio.”
- Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Wearable Business, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.
Speaking from the Gear S3 Showcase at IFA in Berlin, Ariel Adams, of aBlogtoWatch commented: “I’ve always had a fascination with the intricate details found on luxury watches. With the Gear S3, Samsung is honing in on the level of craftsmanship that helps define fine watches – from the intuitive rotating bezel to the contrast surface finishing. The Gear S3 is a smartwatch that gives watch lovers a compelling reason to consider a device that marries traditional design and digital technology.
“With the Gear S3, we sought to integrate tradition and technology, bringing to the forefront an immensely intelligent smartwatch. The large watch face was inspired by styles emerging from the world’s most premium watch brands"
- Yvan Arpa, luxury watch designer.
The 16 million colours full-colour Always On Display (AOD) and Super AMOLED technology further differentiates the Gear S3 from other smartwatches.
The AOD always shows the time rather than automatically fading to black, embodying a sophisticated watch face that mimics the look and feel of a luxury analogue watch.
The Gear S3’s signature rotating bezel (originally seen on the Gear S2) has been enhanced with new features;
The built-in GPS functionality enables users to accurately monitor their daily fitness activities.
The Alti/barometer and Speedometer allow users to track everything from altitude and atmospheric pressure to sudden changes in weather, distance travelled and speed.
Taking safety into account, Samsung's Gear S3 includes an SOS function.
In a case of an emergency, you can activate the SOS and location tracking capabilities to alert family, friends and emergency professionals about crisis situations, even when your phone isn’t in-hand.
There is a diverse range of apps available for the Gear S3 (and gear S2) which include fitness, music, news, sports and travel apps.
Select apps and watch faces will be available for download directly from the Gear S3 without the need to first download on a smartphone.
Despite these improvements in the apps for the Gear S range, when compared to the app availability for the Apple Watch or any Android Wear smartwatch, the number is incredibly small.
- Without touching the screen, users can accept or reject a call or snooze an alarm.
- By writing on the display, messages will automatically convert to texts.
- Users can also create short reminders and to-do lists to manage even the most hectic schedules with the Reminders application.