Samsung’s U.S. release for the Gear S3 is November 18

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Ready for the Gear S3? Samsung’s newest smartwatch will be released in the United States later this month.

Following the acceptance of pre-orders on November 6, the Gear S3 will be released in the U.S. on November 18.

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Specific pricing for the different models is not out at this time, but Samsung says the Gear S3 will start at $349. As that’s likely for the generic Gear S3 Classic, you can expect the Gear S3 Frontier to be way more expensive. The Gear S3 Frontier is built to handle extreme weather conditions and has the option to activate an LTE connections.

Regardless of the model you choose, your Gear S3 will come with a GPS and large battery to keep your smartwatch in commission for extended periods of time.

The Gear S3 will be sold by Samsung, Best Buy, Amazon, and Macy’s. The major U.S. carriers, while expected to sell the smartwatch as well, have not yet provided any details on pricing and availability.

Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch Blends Distinctive Design with Enhanced Connectivity

US Preorder Begins November 6 – Available Starting November 18

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

Enhanced Connectivity

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.


About the Author: Justin Herrick

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