Samsung announces Gear S3 Classic and Frontier smartwatches with GPS, LTE, and Samsung Pay
Samsung continues to lead the smartwatch industry with cellular capable wearables. The Gear S3 was announced in two variations with a focus on men, while the Gear S2 will continue to be sold as the smaller alternative.
The Gear S3 Frontier has an LTE radio, while the Gear S3 Classic serves as a Bluetooth companion to your phone. Samsung Pay is supported on these models, something we anticipated and never saw on the Gear S2.
This year we see both Samsung Gear S3 models with GPS, integrated speakers, and IP68 water resistance. The Gear S3 features Corning Gorilla Glass SR, made specifically for wearable devices.
1.3-inch circular Super AMOLED 360x360 pixels display
Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi radios, LTE also for the Frontier
Dual-core 1.0 GHz processor
Tizen platform 2.3.2
Weight of 57g and 62g for the Classic and Frontier, respectively
4GB internal storage and 768MB RAM
Standard 22mm watch straps
Samsung Pay is fully supported on the Gear S3, including making payments via NFC and MST (magnetic secure transmission). You may recall that MST technology allows you to pay where a typical credit card is supported. The Gear S3 lets you make up to five payments with the watch without a connection to your phone. If you try to make more, then you will need to reconnect to your phone to maintain the security of the payment system.