Samsung Gear S3 Hands on: Blending timeless watchmaking with cutting-edge technology
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Six months after it was announced, Samsung has finally launched the Gear S3 smartwatch in India for a price of Rs 28,500. Unlike the Gear S2, the Gear S3 comes in two variants- The Gear S3 Classic and the Gear S3 Frontier. Both variants are powered by Samsung's in-house Tizen Wearable OS 2.3.2 and are now heavier and larger than their predecessors.

The Gear S3 retains the rotating bezel mechanism from its predecessor which complements the touch screen perfectly when you are wearing it on your wrist. The bezel can be used to accept or reject a call without touching the screen apart from using to swipe around the watch. Along with that, the Gear S3 features two crown-like button on the right-hand side. The smartwatch allows you to write messages by scrawling your fingers on the screen.

The watch has an always-on Super AMOLED display that shows the time like an analogue timepiece instead of fading to black. There is now a built-in speaker with a microphone and Samsung's S-voice can be activated by double clicking on the buttons, which are quite hard.

It does come with the usual suite of fitness-tracking features including a GPS, heart-rate monitor, altimeter, speedometer and barometer allowing you to track anything from your heart beat to the atmospheric pressure to distance travelled and the speed.

The Frontier variant, which looks quite rugged and masculine features military-grade durability and comes with 3G/LTE connectivity. The built-in speaker allows users to accept calls and play music. There is a dedicated SOS button that can alert friends, family and emergency professionals of any crisis even when the phone is not in the hand. It is also heavier than the Classic variant at 62 grams.

The Classic variant weighs lighter by 10 grams and lacks the 3G/LTE connectivity and the military-grade protection, although it does have the IP68 Waterproofing and dust resistance.

Both watches felt pretty fluid on use with the option of operating it either using the rotating bezel or the touch-screen. Apart from the myriad of watch faces available already in the watch, which can be downloaded directly into the watch using the dedicated app-store, the Gear S3 also features support for multiple third-party apps like Flipboard and Uber.

The Gear S3 also boast of a feature called 'Hyper Connectedness' which allows the Watch to receive notifications even when the watch is beyond the range of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Samsung claims the Gear S3 has a battery life of up to 4 days and it can be charged using wireless charging.

The Gear S3 will go on sale from 18th of January on all Samsung sales channel, offline and online.