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Samsung Gear S3 Frontier smartwatch

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


The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier smartwatch is compatible with Android and includes real-time heart rate monitor, steps, sleep, and calories. Works with Android 4.4 and later, has a touchscreen display with 360 x 360 display resolution which is switchable to always-on, on-screen battery indicator, wireless magnetic charging dock, phone notifications, vibration or sound alerts, inactivity alerts which remind you to move if you are sitting for a long time, find my phone and find my watch feature, watch can control playback of music stored on your smartphone and playback of music stored on your watch, accept or dismiss phone calls from watch and can be used as receiver during a phone call. Has: Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, and changeable straps offered by the manufacturer. It has extra features such as: 22 mm standard watch band compatibility, Samsung pay, SOS tap 3 times and send customized text, phone calls, and 911 which provides location of emergency condition and location. S Health app provides 24-hour-log, challenges, leaderboard, and water/caffeine data entry. Capture your Gear S3 screen using screenshot, wake-up gesture which sets the Gear to turn on the screen when you raise your wrist, and a Touch sensitivity feature which sets the Gear to allow use of the touchscreen with gloves on. Its dimensions are 2.15 x 1.89 x 0.55 inches (LxWxD) and it weighs 3 ounces.


Diameter (in.) Diameter The diameter of the case, measured to nearest tenth of an inch.
Display size (in.) Display size Size of the active screen, to the nearest tenth of an inch.
Weight (oz.) Weight Weight of watch in ounces.
Thickness (in.) Thickness Thickness of the watch measured to the nearest tenth of an inch.
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.
Phone compatibility Phone compatibility Indicates which phones, either specific models or the operating system they use that works with the watch.
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.
Display type Display type Technology used by the display, such as OLED, AMOLED, Super AMOLED, LCD, or e-paper.
color Super AMOLED
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.
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.