Samsung Announces their Standalone Smartwatch, Gear S3 Frontier

If you’re ever trying to squeeze into those skinny jeans and then trying to work out how you’re going to cram your smartphone into those skintight pockets then today you’ll be thanking Samsung because they have announced the Gear S3 Frontier smartwatch that is fully connected and doesn’t require a smartphone to be paired with it.

The standalone, fully connected Samsung Gear S3 Frontier will feature an e-Sim and run on the Spark network thanks to 3G connectivity and a built-in speaker. The Gear S3 frontier has the same gorgeous design of the standard Gear S3 along with the IP68 water-resistance and built-in GPS but will allow you to make and receive calls, send text messages and stream music wihtout needing a Wi-fi or smartphone connection.

“The smartwatch category has grown approximately 45% in units this year to date*, and the Gear S3 standard models have been selling strongly since launch. By adding an e-Sim variant to our smartwatch lineup, we are able to offer even more flexibility for consumers looking to get the most out of their smartwatch,” said Todd Selwyn, Head of Mobile Product at Samsung New Zealand.

“With a standalone smartwatch users can do so much more, without needing a connected smartphone or WiFi source. For example, you could stream music to Bluetooth headphones while out running, order an Uber without digging into your pocket, or answer a call directly from the Gear S3 when driving, without needing to be in range of your smartphone,” Selwyn continued.

Inspired by the active explorer, the Gear S3 frontier 3G evokes a rugged outdoor look with an enduring style that blends form and function. The frontier was designed to perform in any setting or environment – whether business or leisure. Every feature, from the circular bezel to the premium finishing and buckles, has been reimagined to elicit the look of a classic timepiece. In addition, the Gear S3 is compatible with 22mm watch bands so consumers can easily personalize their watch to match any outfit or special occasion.

The Gear S3 was designed with consumers’ safety in mind. In case of an emergency, users can activate the SOS and location tracking capabilities to alert family, friends and emergency professionals about crisis situations, even when their phone isn’t in-hand.

Consumers can access a diverse range of apps, including Spotify, Uber, NZ Herald, plus other fitness, music, news, sports and travel apps – all optimised for the Gear lineup of devices including the Gear S2 and the Gear S3. With a variety of customizable watch faces available for download, users can personalize the circular user interface to fit their lifestyle. Select apps and watch faces will be available for download directly from the Gear S3 without the need to first download on a smartphone. Through an open collaboration with developers and partners, Samsung continues to enrich its wearables ecosystem and provide users with a unique smartwatch experience.

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier will be available from Spark later in August with a price yet to be determined.

Samsung Gear S3
Gear S3 frontier
Model 3G (Spark network)
Display 1.3” Circular Super AMOLED

360 x 360, 278ppi

Full Colour Always On Display

Corning® Gorilla® Glass SR+

AP Dual core 1.0 GHz
OS Tizen Based Wearable Platform 2.3.2
Size 46 x 49 x 12.9


Strap 22mm
Memory 4GB Internal memory*, 768MB RAM
Connectivity 3G,  Bluetooth® 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, MST, A-GPS/Glonass
Sensor Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM, Ambient light
Battery 380mAh
Charge Wireless charging (WPC Inductive)
Durability IP68 water & dust resistance*
Compatibility Android 4.4↑ & RAM 1.5GB +

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