Samsung debuts Classic and Frontier Gear S3 smartwatches at IFA 2016By Robin-Leigh Chetty 1 September 2016 | Categories: news
Samsung has been on a winning streak of sorts when it comes to its mobile devices. The Galaxy S7, S7 edge and Note 7 have all impresses upon debut, but what about the company's wearable offerings? To that end, the South Korean manufacturer used IFA 2016 in Berlin, Germany to unveil its new Gear S3. The Tizen OS-powered (2.3.2) device comes in two variants: Frontier and Classic. It's the former of the two, however, which is packing more power.
Before we delve into the difference, there are some enhancements that Samsung has made across the board for the Gear S3 compared to its predecessor. First is size, since the Gear S3 now sports a slightly larger 1.3" circular Super Amoled screen (360x360 resolution, 278 ppi pixel density). Added to this is a new always-on display, akin to the versions seen on the Galaxy S7 and Note 7. This is a nice addition, especially when all you wish to do is glance at the smartwatch to see the time, something that wasn't always possible before.
In terms of the processor, both feature a dual-core option that clocks at 1.0 GHz. As for its make, Samsung has not disclosed that information at this stage. Other internal specifications see 4 GB of onboard storage, as well as 768 MB of RAM for both the Frontier and Classic models. Furthermore, they also feature an accelerometer, barometer and heart rate monitor for those aiming to get some runs in.
Now the significant difference between the Frontier and Classic. The former has both Bluetooth (4.2) and 4G/LTE functionality, while the Classic is restricted to Bluetooth only. To that end, the Frontier will be able to make and take calls independently, whereas the Classic will require a paired smartphone to do the same.
There is no confirmation on when the Classic and Frontier Gear S3's will land in South Africa, and at what price they'll retail for at this stage.
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