Never thought the day would come when I’d say this but it seems Samsung is giving us a peek into the smartwatch that dreams are made of.
The newly announced Samsung Gear S3 checks nearly all the boxes anyone would want in a wearable. Let’s take a look.
For starters, the battery life is bumped up to 4 days with an always on display on a Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass SR+. That’s mightily impressive considering most smart watches tend turn the display off as a means to conserve battery life.There are 2 versions of the Gear S3. The Classic retains the elegant time piece look while the Frontier evokes a more sporty appearance. Only the Gear S3 Frontier is available in LTE with embedded SIM.
There’s also a lot of emphasis on using the on device mic to make and receive phone calls, activate S Voice, or listen to music. All the features seem to point towards a departure from having to whip out your phones.Samsung’s Gear S3 is also Samsung Pay compatible with Magnetic Strip Transmissions (MST) and Near Field communication (NFC) support.
The addition of GPS/GLONASS, automatic exercise recognition and barometer pretty much meant Samsung and fitness focused tracker companies like Fitbit, Garmin, Suunto and Polar are now officially competitors.
Considering Polar’s M600 was merely announced just a month back with near identical specs and half the battery life, the availability of the Samsung Gear S3 is no doubt a cause for concern; not just for Polar but for any company with an interest in wearable tech.
List of features of the Samsung Gear S3
- Wrist based heart rate monitor
- Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, Ambient light sensor, GPS/GLONASS
- Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass SR+ with always on display with customisable watch faces
- Wireless fast charging
- Built in speaker for making and receiving calls, checking of voice messages and hearing alarms and music
- IP68 water rating (Not suitable for swimming or diving)
- 4GB of memory for your songs
- Bluetooth, MST and NFC enabled
- Easily connects to wireless Bluetooth earphones for music
- Lasts up to 4 days before requiring charging
- LTE with embedded SIM
- Tizen OS
From a user perspective, it will boil down to the ease of use and access of tracked stats. My personal experience with the Gear Fit 2 already gave me a peak into the impressive hardware Samsung is capable of.
If they can improve the user interface and experience, Samsung will win converts from those who are loyal to companies such as those from Fitbit and Garmin.Now the ball is in Apple’s court and all eyes will no doubt pit the Apple Watch 2 and the Gear S3 come 7th September. That being said, the Gear S3 has set the bar pretty high this round. The only shortcomings being that the Gear S3 is not swim-able and there’s no compatibility with iOS devices.The Samsung Gear S3 will be available later in the year. There’s no word on pricing as of publication though rumours have predicted it at about $499 USD.
While the specs appear superbly impressive, only a hands on user review can put the Samsung Gear S3 to the test. You can be assured I’d do that when this powerhouse goes to retail.
Source: Business Wire