Samsung Gear S3 Frontier and Classic official, Frontier coming to T-Mobile

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Samsung today took the wraps off of its new Gear S3 smartwatches, the Frontier (above) and Classic (below), and T-Mobile has confirmed that it’ll carry the Frontier this year.

Both Gear S3 models feature 1.3-inch 360×360 Super AMOLED displays, which is larger than the 1.2-inch display found on the Gear S2 watches. The round displays on the Gear S3 are covered with Gorilla Glass SR+ and feature rotating bezels, which you can use to do things like accept or reject calls and snooze an alarm.

The Gear S3’s case measures 46 x 49 x 12.9mm, which is a bit larger than the Gear S2’s 42.3 x 49.8 x 11.4mm case. There’s a lot of stuff packed into that larger case, though, including a 1GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a 380mAh battery (larger than the Gear S2’s 250mAh battery) that Samsung says will last up to four days on a single charge.

Also inside the Gear S3’s stainless steel 316L case is Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, GPS/Glonass, NFC and MST for Samsung Pay, a heart rate monitor, an ambient light sensor, and 4G LTE connectivity. The Gear S3 includes a built-in speaker, too.

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The Gear S3 runs Tizen — specifically, Tizen-based Wearable Platform 2.3.2 — and supports devices running Android 4.4 or higher with 1.5GB of RAM or more.

Finally, both of the Gear S3 watches are compatible with standard 22mm watch bands, and they’re both IP68-rated for dust and water resistance.

T-Mobile has confirmed that it’ll carry the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier, which is the sportier of the two watches, this fall. Expect pricing and exact availability closer to release.

The Gear S3 looks like a large smartwatch, sporting a case that’s both larger and thicker than the Gear S2’s. That size could turn some folks off, but if you don’t mind it, then the Gear S3 looks to be chock full of features. Some of the more notable new features of the Gear S3 include more RAM for improved performance, a bigger battery, a built-in speaker, and MST support for using Samsung Pay with your wrist.

So what do you all think of the Gear S3? Anyone going to spring for Samsung’s new smartwatch later this year?

Source: Samsung

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  • Bailey Neff

    The S2 had a speaker as well.

    • jdubb2600

      i think only the 4g lte model had the speaker. but i could be wrong

      • Bailey Neff

        That could very well be the case, I’ve only ever dealt with the LTE versions.

      • Alex Wagner

        Must’ve spaced that off. Thanks! I’ve corrected the post.

    • JJCommonSense

      only the 3g version the Bluetooth version didnt have a speaker

  • Panzer

    Is that just the screen? It looks like an analog watch (which is awesome).

  • emcdonald75

    I am ready for Samsung to announce the Galaxy Tab S3, and for T-Mobile to announce that they will carry the device. I want an upgrade for my Galaxy Note 10.1. Also, I am surprised that the controversy around Galaxy Note 7’s exploding and the S-Pen becoming stuck in some Note 7’s are not making the headlines here.

    • jdubb2600

      keep in mind that the exploding phone was because the person was using a 3rd party adapter

      • emcdonald75

        Then why is Samsung halting shipments of new Galaxy Note 7’s for additional quality testing? Maybe they have enough reports to suggest that something may be wrong?

        • KOLIO

          Perhaps it’s the S-Pen thing,but,I have a theory on the “stop shipment” move:
          It’s a good chance for them to put their own spin on the situation & conveniently covering their ass on short supply.
          It’s B.S. to the max on both accounts & they’ll play it to their advantage.

        • emcdonald75

          These companies today are always trying to find ways to cover their ass in every thing regarding consumers. Lol. I know this is off topic, and I expected the incentive auction to go through multiple stages, but it is sad that there are serious delays for T-Mobile to their hands on some 600MHz spectrum. The FCC will have to return some of the spectrum back to the TV broadcasters and the auction will start over. Is that the way I understand it or am I wrong?

  • J Gonzalez

    question for me is will the let us upgrade our s2 for an s3? doubt it but i can hope. if not i’m thinking of going back to android wear.

  • JBrowne1012

    I don’t understand why or for what reason Samsung is pushing Tizen OS on their watches i don’t believe it offers more features than android wear…

    • DKBNYC

      Yeah but Android Wear is so incomplete and messy. It needs major improvement, Samsung’s watch os makes AW look rather childish.

  • Andy Shannon

    I think it’s kind of scummy of Samsung to wait to release pricing until later when they know what apple will charge for the iwatch2.

    • Guillermo Eduardo Ortega-ibarr

      by the way pricing its available, you just have to look different pages and its apple watch no iwatch

      • Andy Shannon

        Oh cool so can you tell what the price is then?

        • Guillermo Eduardo Ortega-ibarr

          450 to 500 no carrier price yet thought…

        • Andy Shannon

          Hey Guillermo, you should write to sammobile.com, the samsung experts and tell them you somehow know the prices of the new Gear S3 watches even though the rest of the world doesnt know the prices yet!
          http://www.sammobile.com/2016/09/06/gear-s3-release-date-is-november-4/

  • Joe

    Right now there’s no reason to upgrade from a S2 unless I want to use Samsung Pay with my watch. I can just do it from my phone and save myself hundreds of dollars buying this new watch. I’ll just wait for the S4 to come out next year. S2 to S3 while being an upgrade is too small of an upgrade.

  • dcmtnbkr

    Almost a year later and still no Samsung pay on the gear s2 (which was promised at launch), why would I want another one?

    • Acdc1a

      Anyone who got suckered into the first watch would never advise you buy another.

  • Ed Tranosky

    don’t know what people are talking about, i have samsung pay on my gear s2, and it was there with my galaxy s7 edge, as well as the note 7 too?

    • JJCommonSense

      how are u using samsung pay on your S2?

      • Ed Tranosky

        It requires the “beta” Samsung pay app for the watch, and then you need to setup a screen lock on the watch, and register the credit cards, even if you already did on the Samsung pay on the phone, and that’s it.

    • JJCommonSense

      And the S2 only has NFC. Which means u can only use it at terminals that have NFC compatibility (like ApplePay). The S3 is supposed to have MST and u should be able to use that anywhere u can swipe your card

      • Ed Tranosky

        Correct.

  • riverhorse

    The only problem with Samsung Pay on a smartwatch is that it’s not standalone, it feeds off the install on your phone – ergo a flagship – ergo total outlay of $1500.
    I don’t even spend a third of that on a computer. I would pay it for the S3 if I didn’t have to buy anything else to use Samsung Pay.

    • Aly Nelson

      Samsung Pay is on my Gear S2 now but only use NFC. No MST on Gear S2.

  • Michael Ngo

    I am looking forward to it !!

  • Scott Ferguson

    Absolutely!!! I can’t wait for the launch of the S3- the S2 was way too small for my wrist so I purchased the Tag Heuer based on the size and looks, BIG mistake! Personally I prefer Tizen over android wear and I can’t wait to start taking on my watch and NOT having to charge my watch every 112 – 15 hours. Great job Samsung!