IFA 2016: Samsung Gear S3 Frontier And Classic Smartwatches To Offer 4G LTE And GPS Support


  • Samsung Gear S3 Classic, Gear S3 Frontier launched.
  • Both feature same specifications except for connectivity options and weight.
  • Both will go on sale later this year.

After months of speculation, Samsung has finally launched its much 53950261awaited Gear S3 smartwatch at its pre- IFA 2016 conference in Berlin. Like last time, the company has launched two variants of the device – Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Classic. As expected, both smartwatches run the company’s Tizen OS 2.3.2.

In terms of specifications, Samsung Gear S3 features a 1.3-inch circular Super Amoled display of 360×360 pixel resolution and 278 ppi pixel density. It comes with rotating bezel along with enhanced new features. The smartwatch also has a full colour ‘Always On’ display with Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ protection, which was officially announced just a few hours ago. Powering the wearable is a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz coupled with 768MB of RAM, which is more than the Gear S2’s 512MB of RAM. The internal storage of the smartwatch stays the same – 4GB.

Samsung Gear S3 comes with an IP68 rating that makes it dust and water resistant. It also comes with a heart rate sensor. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and Glonass, with a 380mAh battery rounding off the spec sheet.

Besides wireless charging, the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Classic also come with 22mm straps. The only difference between the two devices is that the Frontier version weighs 62 grams and supports 3G/LTE connectivity, while the Classic version weighs 57 grams and misses out on 3G/LTE connectivity.

In terms of design, the Gear S3 Frontier has a rugged outdoor look with an ‘enduring’ style, while the Gear S3 Classis sports a minimalistic, elegant design.

“With the Gear S3, we continue to build on our wearables heritage of offering diverse choices to enhance consumers’ unique lifestyles,” said Younghee Lee, executive vice president of global marketing and wearable business, mobile communications business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung Gear S2 achieved meaningful progress in the smartwatch category with a personalized 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.”