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Samsung Gear S3 Frontier smartwatch

The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is a smartwatch with a 1.3-inch touchscreen color sAMOLED display, compatible with iOS and Android and includes step counting, sleep tracking, and calories burned.

About

The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is a smartwatch compatible with iOS and Android and includes real-time heart rate monitor, steps, sleep, and calories. It has a touchscreen display with 360 x 360 screen resolution. Lacks always-on display capability. It has an on-screen battery indicator and a wireless non-magnetic charging dock. It has phone notifications, and vibration/sound alerts. It includes inactivity alerts that remind you to move if you are sitting for a long time. It has a find my phone feature and a find my watch feature, can control playback of music stored on your smartphone, and can control playback of music stored on your watch. It can accept phone calls on the watch, and dismiss phone calls from the watch. Has WiFi, GPS and NFC. The manufacturer offers changeable straps. It has weather at-wrist feature, is 22 mm standard watch band compatible, to send an SOS tap 3 times and send customized text, call 911 and provide location of emergency condition and location, S Health: 24-hour-log, steps, floors, heart-rate, challenges, leaderboard, Samsung pay, and water/caffeine logging. It has multi-sport tracking features: walking, running, cycling, elliptical trainer, rowing machine, and dynamic workout. Its dimensions are 2.15 x 1.89 x 0.55 inches (LxWxD) and it weighs 3 ounces.

Specs

Diameter (in.) Diameter The diameter of the case, measured to nearest tenth of an inch.
1.9
Display size (in.) Display size Size of the active screen, to the nearest tenth of an inch.
1.3
Weight (oz.) Weight Weight of watch in ounces.
3
Thickness (in.) Thickness Thickness of the watch measured to the nearest tenth of an inch.
0.55
Case material Case material Primary material used to manufacture the case, excluding the display.
Stainless steel
Crystal type Crystal type The material used to protect the display. Often it’s made of a mineral such as sapphire or quartz, or other materials such as glass or plastic.
Gorilla Glass SR+
Depth and duration (ft., min.) Depth and duration How resistant the watch is to submersion in water, as tested by subjecting the device to a water pressure equivalent to the depth the manufacturer claims the smartwatch can withstand.
5 feet for 30 minutes
Heart-rate monitor Heart-rate monitor Indicates what type of heart-rate monitor is used, if at all. The two main types are active and stationary. Stationary heart-rate monitors measure your pulse only at intervals you choose, mostly at rest. Active heart-rate monitors measure your pulse continuously, or automatically at variable intervals.
Active
Phone compatibility Phone compatibility Indicates which phones, either specific models or the operating system they use that works with the watch.
iOS and Android
Battery life (claimed) Battery life Claimed number days, often a range, manufacturer says the watch will function on a charge.
3 days
Touch screen Touch screen Indicates whether the watch can be controlled by touching its display.
Yes
Display type Display type Technology used by the display, such as OLED, AMOLED, Super AMOLED, LCD, or e-paper.
color sAMOLED
NFC NFC A short-range wireless technology that triggers a transaction between the watch and another device, usually by bumping them together. On smartwatches, it’s most often used to initiate the pairing sequence with a new phone or tablet to authorize payments at a retailer’s pay terminal.
Yes
WiFi WiFi A long-range wireless communication technology that enables a smartwatch to pair with a smartphone and with other devices within a home network or remote location via the Internet.
Yes
Cellular Cellular Has the ability to connect to a cellular network without a smartphone.
yes