Samsung today announced the official launch of the Gear S3 smartwatch. Th Gear S3 will first be available in South Korea and will roll out in additional markets worldwide including Australia, Dubai, France, Germany, Singapore, U.K., and U.S. starting on November 18th.
The Gear S3 comes in two variants – the rugged Gear S3 frontier and the modern, sleek Gear S3 classic. Both the Gear S3 frontier and Gear S3 classic feature Samsung’s trademark sleek circular bezel and carefully-crafted details on the watch face. Consumers can customize the watch face and switch the changeable 22mm watch band to fit their personal style. It also supports Always On Watch so the watch face always shows the time instead of automatically fading to black.
The Gear S3 is IP68 water and dust resistant, and offers military grade durability. Equipped with a built-in GPS, as well as the S Health, Alti/barometer and Speedometer apps, users can track daily fitness activities and outdoor conditions from altitude and atmospheric pressure to sudden changes in weather, distance traveled and speed. Additionally, the long-lasting battery can last up to four days on a single charge.
Additionally, the Gear S3 supports Samsung Pay and is the first wearable with MST payment capabilities says Samsung. Sadly, at launch, the Samsung Pay on the Gear S3 will only be available in the U.S., Australia and Singapore. Samsung will introduce LTE support on the Gear S3 frontier in South Korea, U.S., and select countries. With wireless network connectivity, users will be able to receive texts, emails and alerts even when their phone isn’t nearby.