Samsung announces LTE version of Gear S3 Classic smartwatch

If the Gear S3 Frontier isn't your style, there's good news: Samsung is adding LTE to the Classic variant.

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The Gear S3 is easily one of the best smartwatches Android users have the option of using.

Between its circular design with rotating bezel for navigating the interface, to Samsung Pay built into the watch, and compatibility with nearly all Android devices (not just Samsung phones), there's a lot to like about the Gear S3 lineup.

Up until now, potential users had to decide between the Frontier or Classic models, with the former being the only one to include LTE connectivity. If you wanted to forgo the need of constantly having your smartphone by your side, you had to pick the Frontier.

On Thursday, however, Samsung announced it is adding LTE to the Classic model.

Exact pricing and release details aren't known, with Samsung stating wireless carriers will make their own announcements.

We do know that Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile will each carry the smartwatch.

As a refresher, the Classic model features a leather band and more classic (for lack of a better word) watch look and feel. The Frontier is the ruggedized version, complete with a rubber watch strap.

Samsung Gear S3 launches in the US, UK Samsung's Gear S3 smartwatch hits the US, the UK, and throughout Europe and Asia on Friday, a week after its debut in Korea.