After a longer than usual wait since its announcement at IFA 2016 in September, Samsung’s latest and greatest smartwatch finally has an Aussie release date. You’ll be able to pick up a Gear S3, made for a Samsung phone but compatible with any Android or iOS device, from November 18.
If you’ve forgotten what the Gear S3 actually does in the last couple of months — don’t worry, we’re a bit fuzzy as well — then here’s a refresher. The smartwatch, which runs Samsung’s in-house Tizen operating system rather than Android Wear, is an upgrade on last year’s Gear S2 that adds built-in GPS for fitness tracking, as well as a built-in speaker and microphone to support Samsung’s S Voice voice commands and phone calls.
For a $599 RRP, you’ll get yourself a Gear S3 — either the more refined and fasionable Gear S3 Classic or the rugged Gear S3 Frontier — from Harvey Norman, Samsung’s Experience Stores in Sydney and Melbourne and Samsung’s online Aussie store. Watches will start appearing in stores and on pre-order customers’ wrists on November 18. Pre-orders also get a bonus red watchband, with the watch itself fitting any 22mm strap. [Samsung]