Big­ger and bolder

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY -

By HArro Ten Wolde and PeTer MAusHA­gen

SAM­SUNG Elec­tron­ics un­veiled two new smartwatches which boast a range of dig­i­tal fea­tures while also promis­ing up to four days of bat­tery life, seek­ing to out­shine the Ap­ple Watch.

The world’s big­gest maker of con­sumer elec­tronic prod­ucts in­tro­duced its new line of Gear S3 watches in Ber­lin ahead of IFA, Europe’s big­gest an­nual trade fair for con­sumer elec­tron­ics and do­mes­tic ap­pli­ances.

The new Gear S3 Fron­tier model has a rugged out­door look, while the Gear S3 Clas­sic has a more re­fined ap­pear­ance, but both watches fea­ture large faces that are likely to ap­peal mainly to male con­sumers.

The Fron­tier model has its own cel­lu­lar ra­dio chip to con­nect to high speed 4G mo­bile net­works so it does not need to be “teth­ered” to the wearer's smart­phone in order to make calls or send and re­ceive data, un­like Ap­ple watches, which re­quire an iPhone to re­main nearby for their con­nec­tions.

Ap­ple, the cur­rent mar­ket leader in smartwatches, is ex­pected to in­tro­duce its new Ap­ple Watch 2 line- up in a few days, along with new phones and com­put­ers.

Gad­get news sites have re­ported that Ap­ple is con­sid­er­ing in­tro­duc­ing smartwatches with their own cel­lu­lar ra­dio in 2017, but won't of­fer such a fea­ture in its up­com­ing mod­els fear­ing it would fur­ther drain their bat­ter­ies, which typ­i­cally last around 24 hours in cur­rent mod­els be­fore need­ing to be recharged.

The lat­est Sam­sung smartwatches of­fer al­ways- on colour dis­plays, dust and wa­ter re­sis­tance, built- in speaker and GPS lo­ca­tion- find­ing tech­nol­ogy. They also en­able users to make mo­bile pay­ments in coun­tries where Sam­sung Pay is avail­able.

Pric­ing was not dis­closed for the new Gear S3 watches, which are due to go on sale be­fore the end of the year. – Reuters

Sam­sung launched two Gear S3 smartwatches which are ex­pected to go on sale be­fore the end of the year. — Bloomberg

only the Gear S3 Fron­tier has a cel­lu­lar ra­dio chip so it doesn’t have to be teth­ered to a smart­phone. — Bloomberg

Both the Gear S3 Fron­tier ( left) and Clas­sic fea­ture builtin GpS for track­ing the user’s lo­ca­tion. — Ap

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