Samsung has a long-running family of smartwatches under its Gear S2 banner, and now the family is growing by a couple with the company’s latest announcement.
The Gear S3 Classic and Frontier are now official, days ahead of the start of IFA 2016 over in Berlin, Germany. Samsung, seeing fit to announce a new smartwatch with two variants right out of the gate, has introduced one with a rugged-like design approach (the Frontier), and another without the rugged design elements (Classic). Both models boast the same design specs, however.
Both the Classic and Frontier Gear S3 are running Samsung’s proprietary Tizen operating system. Both watches features a 1.3-inch 360×360 full color Super AMOLED display. The case measures in at 46 x 49 x 12.9mm, and inside there’s a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz, 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of built-in storage. The battery measures in at 380mAh.
Both are equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass SR+, built specifically for wearables. Both wearables also boast Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and NFC and MST support to bring Samsung Pay to the table. There’s a built-in speaker in each variant as well. The Gear S3 Frontier supports LTE.
The rotating crown is available in both variants well, which features new functionality, like accepting or rejecting calls.
AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile have confirmed that they’ll be releasing the LTE version of the Frontier later this year. However, pricing and specific launch details haven’t been provided.
It should also be noted that a Samsung representative has confirmed to SamMobile that the Gear S3 will work with iPhones later this year, right in line with its iOS Beta Program it launched earlier this month. For Android devices they’ll need Android 4.3 or later and at least 1.5GB of RAM to work with the new Gear S3.