Samsung has unveiled the latest addition to its smartwatch family with the Gear S3 – a device that combines traditional timepiece design with the latest mobile technology.
The product has IP68 water resistance and also offers 4G LTE connectivity, built-in GPS and it can also be used to make mobile payments.
Unveiled on the eve of the IFA tech show in Berlin, the Gear S3 comes in two styles – Frontier and Classic.
The Gear S3 Frontier has a rugged look that can be used in any setting whether it’s in the gym or in the office.
The Gear S3 Classic has a minimalist style with the size and shape of a luxury watch.
Samsung’s design cues came from manufacturers around the world with the emphasis on creating a classic timepiece.
It has a circular 1.3-inch Always-On Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360 and 278ppi (pixels per inch).
And being Always-On, the screen is always showing the time rather than fading to black.
The Gear S3 is running the Tizen operating system and has a variety of new watch faces and a wide choice of apps that can be installed.
The new smartwatch also retains its rotating bezel to allow users to navigate the apps and the built-in features.
Users can also write or draw on the screen and the message converts to text or emojis.
And the Gear S3’s features will work fine even when it’s not connected to a smartphone like the built-in GPS which accurately monitors your daily fitness activities.
The device is compatible with Samsung Pay and Android Pay so you can register a credit card and make mobile payments.
In case of emergency, the Gear S3 can activate an SOS and begin location tracking to alert your family and friends along emergency professionals
Gear S3 has a battery that will run for up to four days on a single charge
Release date and pricing in Australia has yet to be decided.