RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – November 3, 2016 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced the forthcoming preorder availability of Gear S3 LTE and Bluetooth models, a striking and innovative smartwatch that further solidifies Samsung as a leader in connected wearables. The cutting-edge timepiece will be available in two designs – the rugged Gear S3 frontier, and the sleek Gear S3 classic. Starting at $349.99, Gear S3 will be available at retailers including Best Buy, Amazon, Macy’s and Samsung.com, as well as participating wireless providers.
“Consumers are increasingly recognizing the benefits of a smartwatch that operates even without their phone,” said Gary Riding, senior vice president of Product Marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “With the LTE capability of Gear S3 it is easy to make or receive phone calls and read or reply to texts and notifications, so they can stay connected while leaving their phone behind.”
Distinct Design and Intuitive User Interface
Available in two designs, “frontier” and “classic,” and featuring the distinctive rotating bezel, the Gear S3 joins Samsung’s diverse portfolio of wearables. The Gear S3 showcases a design perfected by Swiss watch designer Yvan Arpa. The sophisticated design is combined with IP68 water and dust resistance1 and military-grade durability to protect against extreme temperatures, scratches and impact, making it the ideal smartwatch for the toughest conditions. Consumers can also customize their Gear S3 to fit their lifestyle or mood, thanks to thousands of available watch faces and the ability to swap out the band for any standard 22mm offering.
First Wearable with MST Payment Capabilities
The Gear S3 puts convenience at your wrist, with Samsung Pay providing the ability to make mobile payments virtually anywhere you can tap or swipe a credit or debit card. With Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) and Near Field Communication (NFC) support built-in, Gear S3 users will be able to make a purchase with Samsung Pay which is widely accepted across the U.S. Samsung Pay on Gear S3 protects credit card information with the same advanced security as Samsung Pay on a Galaxy phone, using tokenization, Knox and PIN protection.2
The LTE version of the Gear S3 frontier enables wearers to receive calls, texts and alerts, listen to music, track fitness routes or download apps even when their phone isn’t nearby. With all models featuring a built-in speaker and microphone, even the BT version allows consumers to make and answer calls – without ever having to reach for their phone.3
Built-in GPS adds to the connectivity, empowering wearers to easily monitor their daily fitness activities and share their location with friends or in the event of an emergency with safety functions like the SOS feature. The S Health app makes it simple to not only track activity and heart rate, but also to set goals, post results and check leaderboards
Used as a standalone device, or as part of the Samsung Galaxy ecosystem, the Gear S3 offers an all-in-one wearable experience that seamlessly fits into – and enhances – any lifestyle.
The LTE4 version of the Gear S3 frontier will be available from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. Wireless providers will share availability and pricing.
Gear S3 Product Specifications
Samsung Gear S3</
Gear S3 frontier
Gear S3 classic
Bluetooth® and WiFi, LTE 4
Bluetooth® and WiFi
1.3” Circular Super AMOLED
360 x 360, 278ppi
Full Color Always On Display
Corning® Gorilla® Glass SR+
Dual core 1.0 GHz
Tizen Based Wearable Platform 2.3.2
1.81 x 1.93 x 0.51 inches
1.81 x 1.93 x 0.51 inches
4GB Internal memory, 768MB RAM 5
4G/LTE 4 , Bluetooth® 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, MST, A-GPS/Glonass
Speaker + Microphone
Bluetooth® 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, MST, GPS/Glonass
Speaker + Microphone
Accelerometer, Gyrometer, Barometer, Heart Rate Monitor, Ambient light sensor
380mAh (up to three days)
Wireless charging (WPC Inductive)
IP68 water & dust resistance 4 , Military-Grade Tested (MIL-STD-810G)
Android 4.4↑ & RAM 1.5GB +
1Dust and water resistant based on IP68 rating, which tests submersion up to 5 feet for up to 30 minutes.
2Make up to five payments on your Gear S3 without a Galaxy smartphone nearby after initial setup. Reload payment capability by connecting to a Galaxy smartphone via Bluetooth. Only compatible with select cards, carriers and Samsung devices; see the Samsung Pay Support page. Samsung Pay on Gear S3 does not support certain features found on Galaxy phones such as membership, gift cards and offers and deals. Samsung Pay on Gear S3 is compatible with non-Samsung Android phones, offering Gear S3 users a way to try Samsung Pay.
3 Samsung Gear S3 (frontier/4G LTE) is a companion device for compatible Android smartphones, sold separately. Initial pairing with compatible phone and separate qualifying wireless plan required. Standalone functionality is limited if paired phone is not powered on or connected to a wireless network. Network coverage not available everywhere. Consult carrier for details.
4LTE not available in all models
5 Portion of memory occupied by existing content
About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
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