The Tizen-powered Samsung Gear S3 is here

Sick of waiting for Android Wear 2.0? Check out Samsung’s newest smartwatch

One of those ‘I do everything different’ folks? Then you’ll approve of Samsung’s Gear S3. As a bonus, it’s got a spec-sheet that’s a mile long.

We reckon Samsung’s onto something here. Its new Gear S3 might take the road less travelled by picking Tizen as its OS, but don’t let that worry you. First, the basics: The Gear S3 comes in two versions: The Classic (CEO-pleasing leather-and-steel) and the Frontier (which goes for the ‘Navy Seal on shore leave’ look), both of which sport a 360x360, 1.3in Super AMOLED display.

And yup, you can heave a sigh of relief - there’s no ‘flat tyre’ here to spoil the look. There’s Gorilla Glass protection, a speaker, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS, 768MB RAM, 4GB storage, barometer, heart-rate sensor, ambient light sensor and wireless charging (Samsung really went with the ‘kitchen sink’ school of specifications here).



Urban warriors, rejoice

The timekeeping twins also offer IP68 water resistance while the Frontier meets the US military’s MIL-STD-810G  specs for use in harsh environments. The Frontier also ups the spec-war ante with 3G capabilities, which means you won’t feel like a lost soul if you forget your phone at home. Samsung’s also claiming up to four days of battery life - which, if true, is amazing. There’s also wireless charging to make the ‘I can’t believe I’m charging my watch as well’ rigmarole less of a hassle.

The Gear S3 range will go on sale on January 18, with a starting price of ₹28,000.

Pre-order from here.