Samsung is sometimes credited for popularizing the use of phablets (smartphones with large display screens), and now the South Korean tech giant appears to be looking to make big smartwatches popular, too. Recently this week, the company formally introduced the Gear S3, its latest addition to its Gear S lineup of smartwatch devices. Compared to its predecessor the Gear S2, the Gear S3 is a lot bigger (its diameter measures 46 millimeters, its predecessor at 43 millimeters) and promises to be more durable and should function longer, and it also comes with an LTE cellular radio, which means that it does not need to be always paired with a smartphone.
Samsung’s Gear S3 smartwatch officially comes in two versions: the Frontier edition and the Classic edition. Both editions are supersized, and there is a clear reason for that. According to the South Korean mobile manufacturer, the larger size allowed the company to pack in more new features and functionalities to the Gear S3. Also, Samsung decided to boost the size of its newest smartwatch offering based on a trend that indicates male consumers are significantly purchasing more smartwatch devices than female consumers. Exact percentages may vary depending on the specific market, but according to Samsung, around 80 percent of buyers of smartwatches are male.
As mentioned earlier, the Gear S3 measures 46 millimeters in diameter, and is equipped with a larger 1.3 inch 360 by 360 pixel display. For comparison, the Apple Watch comes in at 38 millimeter and 42 millimeter sizes. Specifications wise, the Gear S3 packs a twin core 1 GigaHertz Exynos processor, supported with 786 megabytes of random access memory (RAM) as well as 4 gigabytes of onboard memory. The smartwatch features a 380 mAh battery, and has an IP68 rating for water resistance and dust proofing. Other features include LTE connectivity (for the Frontier edition), Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) tech for Samsung Pay, a speaker and microphone for use in phone calls, Global Positioning System, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a barometer. The Gear S3 is made compatible with 22 millimeter watch bands.
The Gear S3 also features Corning’s new Gorilla Glass SR+, which Corning claims is specially designed for smartwatches. Gorilla Glass SR+ is said to possess superior scratch protection capabilities, promising up to 70 percent better damage resistance against impacts and 25 percent better surface reflection than alternative luxury cover materials (most likely sapphire).
There are no details on pricing and availability yet, but the Gear S3 is expected to launch in the market in the later part of 2016.
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