At IFA 2016, Samsung has officially announced two new “Gear S” wearables, the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier. Both of these devices succeed the popular Gear S2 Classic, one offering a classy smartwatch design, the other a more rugged, outdoor design.
Both devices bring a 1.3″ circular SuperAMOLED display to the table with Always-On technology and Corning’s new Gorilla Glass SR+, a new Gorilla Glass option specifically designed for wearable devices.
Under the hood, these devices pack an unnamed 1GHz processor, Tizen OS 2.3.2, 4GB of internal storage, 768MB of RAM, and IP68 protection against water and dust. Samsung also claims that the 380mAh battery will bring 4 days worth of battery life off a single charge unless you’re using LTE on the Frontier model. Both devices also bring both NFC and MST for full Samsung Pay functionality, including terminals without NFC payments.
The differences between these two watches really come down to the looks. Where the Classic has a, well, more classic watch appearance with brushed metal and rounded buttons, the Frontier has a more sporty look.
Samsung has yet to reveal pricing or a release date for either model, so we’ll probably end up hearing more towards the holiday season.