Samsung's surprisingly stylish Gear S3 lands November 18th

Pricing starts at $350.
Nicole Lee
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Nicole Lee
November 3rd, 2016
Samsung's surprisingly stylish Gear S3 lands November 18th

Samsung unveiled the Gear S3 a few months ago at IFA, but soon it'll be ready for the masses. The company's latest Tizen smartwatch will be available on store shelves starting November 18th, and if you're feeling impatient, you can snag it on pre-order this upcoming November 6th (AT&T customers can pre-order starting on November 4th instead). The watch comes in two flavors, a Classic and a Frontier, with the latter being the more rugged of the two. The Frontier is also the only one that has optional LTE, which could prove useful for sending a mobile SOS when you're stuck on a lonely path in the woods.

Otherwise though, they're both pretty similar. Both sport a stainless steel chassis that are IP68 rated for water resistance and 1.3-screens coated in scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass SR+. They also have the same dual-core Exynos chipsets, 786MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, GPS and 380mAh batteries that apparently last about 3-4 days between charges.

What's especially of note here is that the Gear S3 will have Samsung Pay built right in, which makes it the first wearable to support the MST tech that should allow you to pay for goods wherever credit cards are accepted. You can also use it to stream Spotify over LTE or WiFi and control your Nest thermostat. It's unclear yet on what the pricing will look like on each of the different carriers, but the cheapest option is said to be $350.

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