Gear S3 Frontier

Gear S3 Frontier is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 35.
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1.3" (32.9 mm)

Size (Main Display)


Weight (g)

380 mAh


Bluetooth v4.2

Bluetooth Version

The Gear S3 has the aesthetics of a premium watch with advanced features built right into the watch design. That’s why it’s so easy and effortless to use the Gear S3. From work to weekend adventures, the new Gear S3 is designed to do everything you do.

Designed for Active Enthusiasts

The Gear S3 combines the craftsmanship of classic watch design with a modern smartwatch. Framed with a stunning rotating bezel, the crisp watch face features a full colour always-on display. The rugged Gear S3 Frontier is built for a pioneering spirit, to take adventures as they come.

Gear S3 Frontier watch face up close

Always-on watch face

It's the Always on Display that gives the Gear S3 Frontier's 1.3-inch Super AMOLED display the look of a traditional watch. To transform the appearance of your Gear S3, just change the watch face. With 15 preloaded designs and more available at the Gear App Store, it's really a matter of choice. Each watch face comes with a corresponding Always on Display version.

  • Gear S3 Frontier
    Gear S3 Frontier Always on Display
    Gear S3 Frontier watch face
  • Gear S3 Frontier
    Gear S3 Chronograph plus Always on Display
    Gear S3 Chronograph plus watch face
  • Gear S3 Frontier
    Gear S3 Urban classic Always on Display
    Gear S3 Urban classic watch face
    Urban classic
  • Gear S3 Frontier
    Gear S3 Steps challenge 1 Always on Display
    Gear S3 Steps challenge 1 watch face
    Steps challenge 1
  • Gear S3 Frontier
    Gear S3 4 in 1 Always on Display
    Gear S3 4 in 1 watch face
    4 in 1
  • Gear S3 Frontier
    Gear S3 Steps challenge 2 Always on Display
    Gear S3 Steps challenge 2 watch face
    Steps challenge 2
  • Gear S3 Frontier
    Gear S3 Trekking mate Always on Display
    Gear S3 Trekking mate watch face
    Trekking mate
  • Gear S3 Frontier
    Gear S3 Heart beat hour Always on Display
    Gear S3 Heart beat hour watch face
    Heart beat hour
  • Gear S3 Frontier
    Gear S3 Step circle Always on Display
    Gear S3 Step circle watch face
    Step circle

Just twist the bezel

Answer a call, turn up the volume or turn off the alarm. Turn the bezel to scroll through apps, messages and long text.*

Watch face upclose on Gear S3 Frontier

Swap bands for a change

Dress up, dress down or go all out with a watch band of your choice1. And since the Gear S3 is compatible with standard 22 mm bands, lack of choice is not an option.

1Gear S3 watch band sold separately.

Answer Calls

With the Gear S3, you can take and make calls with its built-in speaker.* You can also check voice messages and hear the alarms you set.

*The Gear S3 requires a phone connection to make a call. The bandwidths supported by the device may vary depending on the region or service provider.

Man outdoors speaking to Gear S3 on wrist
Gear S3 Frontier shown with call interface on watch face

Equipped to Explore

With a built-in GPS on the Gear S3, your phone can stay tucked away in your backpack and you can still get optimized hiking routes, see the distance to the next hole on the green and find the best places to eat in the area after the game.

Illustration of cycling route
Rocky mountain 1
Rocky mountain 2
Person on mountain bike wearing Gear S3
Gear S3 is worn on wrist

Actively connected

From running to mountain climbing, the Gear S3 collects your activity data and tracks your fitness levels. It’s equipped with an altimeter, barometer and speedometer, so you can check your altitude, plan for weather and track your speed.

Songs on the go

The Gear S3 has 4 GB of internal memory** so you can take your music with you. Listen to your music without carrying your phone by pairing it with your Bluetooth headset or using its built-in speaker..2

2Streaming music on the Gear S3 is possible over Wi-Fi.

Gear s3 and icon x with illustration of music being played

No need to charge every day

With the Gear S3, you can go for up to four days before having to recharge it. Its battery lasts that long.3
And when it’s time for a recharge, simply place it on its wireless charging dock.4

3Battery life may vary depending on usage and settings. Based on laboratory testing.
4Wireless charging dock sold separately.

Battery with deconstucted image of Gear S3

Resistant to water and dust

Wear the Gear S3 in all kinds of weather, to all kinds of places. It’s rated IP68 so it’s able to withstand dust and dirt and submersion in up to 1.5 metres of water for up to 30 minutes. †

Image of a person washing hands while wearing Gear S3

Notify your emergency contacts

Three presses on the home button will also send an alert to the security company you signed up with.6

6Service is provided by the Glympse location platform. Available services may vary by country or region.

SOS Service

Three presses on the home button will also send an alert to the security company you signed up with.

Gear s3 and galaxy s7 with the letters sos in the background
  • 1.3" (32.9 mm) Size (Main Display)
  • 63   Weight (g)
  • 380 mAh Battery
  • Bluetooth v4.2 Bluetooth Version
  • S-Voice S-Voice
  • Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, HR Sensor, Light Sensor Sensors
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rugged and Stylish This watch has all the features you would want in a companion to your phone. Exercising or getting dressed up to go out for the evening, this watch covers all the basis from design beauty to toughability! Nothing better!
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart rate I love my watch. I like how I can control my music right from the watch plus answer my phone while I am hiking. The only down fall would be that the heart rate monitor is by no way close to real world. I can not run fast enough to get my heart rate up to 190 beats per minute never mind when I am walking in the woods. I would have rather seen it not part of the watch then to be that far off. But that is just a small hickup. All in all it is a great watch.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the one that does everything! I first bought another brand ;) but a friend showed me his Gear S3 and was clearly more advanced that what I bought. I returned the other one and bought this. I was amazed at home many features this has and how easily it works with my Samsung Note 4. Now I can monitor my progress in fitness as well as keep track of my caloric intake. Love this device!
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple yet effective. What's not to like! This watch is simple to use with a decent amount of battery life with a good build quality. The screen is amazing and I have no issues in any type of light. All in all this is one great watch.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Smart Watch I love the fact that it is light weight and compact and at first glance it looks just like a regular watch. The rotating bezel and two buttons make it very easy to navigate all the amazing features of this device. The sound quality from the speaker and microphone is very impressive making it very easy to take calls without having to pull my phone out. My favorite feature is being able to easily review my messages during meeting without having to look at my phone all the time. It is also great at reminding me to get moving when I've been sitting at my desk to long. It seems like every day I'm discovering new features, Samsung has packed a lot into a compact device!
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best SmartWatch I've been using this watch from 2 months now and all I can say is I love this watch. This is great on battery life runs 4 full days in single charge and can run more on power saving mode...... you get all message notifications and calls on watch so dont need to take phone out at every notification or calls........... SHealth is another scoop, I never tracked my walking and exercise which now I do try to accomplish the activity target and also monitor my heart rate............ . I would love to have an option to pin current screen/app so that I can look at the watch and I see my list/message/notes/email/etc... ................ . Also an option to mirror or send my navigation info from gmap in phone to the watch navigation app so its simple to set and use. .................... I hope we get this options in future software update :) ............................... #theinsidersnet thanks, Rohit
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feature filled with extraordinary battery life I have been using for some time and love it. The watch is feature packed with the smallest things that help simplify life. The most important of these features is the incredible battery life, even with the always on screen feature enabled (not default) i can easily get through at least 2 and a half days of active use. I find the screen to be extremely clear and very natural looking at times (does not seem digital). I also enjoy the watches capability to connect to the same network your phone is on so that you can walk around without carrying your phone and receive all your notifications. The simple little things such as the ability to choose widgets and place them in a prefered order really make me believe that Samsung placed the user experience first. I love having my favorite contact one swipe/rotation of the bezel away, as well as my calendar and spotify playlist. I can go on and on about the amazing features of this product but i did want to point on one very minor issue I had and that was the band. I know the frontier band was designed for the active lifestyle and to match any fashion, and I enjoy the look, however if you have hairy arms the band starts irritating and causing my arm to sweat after a while. The simple solution to this is to buy a new band which Samsung, by using the standard 22mm size, has allowed us to do.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Great Watch. I had patiently waited for the smartwatch category to mature, refine itself, and the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is that product. I viewed any available video prior to opening the watch and the un-boxing complimented the brand, but the actual product quality was better than expected. It is slightly larger that the Gear S2 and has the weight of a quality European watch. The look and feel of the watch is premium and learning the functionality was intuitive and easy. It charges very quickly and the Bluetooth range is really impressive (more than anticipated). Once the watch was paired via Bluetooth on the phone (Samsung Note 5 - best phone ever) it worked flawlessly. The watch impressed not only me but everyone I showed it to. The ability to change watch faces is easy and constantly keeps the watch feeling like it is new (some watch faces rare larger in size than others Kb vs Mb so be mindful how many you download as it is easy to fill up memory. There are a lot of watch face options, both free and paid, and most of them integrate S-Heatlh features on to the watch front e.g. cumulative steps taken and heart rate. The bezel dial function is really impressive and seamlessly allows to access any functional Apps selected from the Gear function on the phone. You can rotate through email, texts, reminders, calendar, alarm and several SHealth settings just by turning the outer bezel. The display is really impressive and the Amoled screen is sharp, bright colorful. I have been extremely careful with the watch but the Gorilla Glass lens appears to really durable. The "on" and "back" buttons on the Frontier model are well engineered and finished. The plating on the watch body is again higher quality than expected. The watch band is rubber/silicon and it fits with sports positioning of the Frontier model; it has its benefits (easy to adjust) and drawbacks (does not slide on the wrist) but it can easily be changed for another Gear S3 band that has a quick change tab to remove and install it (again well engineered). The TIZEN operating system is very good and no issues, problems or concerns with it at all, and the battery life is really good with a two day use between charging if the "always on display" is turned off". S-voice works quite well and reasonably accurate. Smart watches sell more for the fitness functions than they do for the watch functions but the Gear S3 has done a great job of merging the two. i didn't think I would use it as much as I do for checking text and email, but it is a great extension of the phone and can easily be checked when it is inconvenient or inappropriate to check the phone (e.g. in meetings). Answering calls can be done but the speaker is not the same as the phone and unless the watch is held up to the face, the phone you are talking to says the sound is hollow. I can say the when the watch is worn during exercise (e.g. running) it is a fantastic extension of the phone from a convenience perspective. It works well with the Samsung Music App on the phone and you can use it to remote access tracks on the phone. There is always room for improvement and nothing is perfect so in providing a balance perspective there are some things that do require improvement including the sleep function (which assumes no movement equates to sleeping - not true) the heart rate (which is inaccurate, particularly if the watch is not tight against the arm so the sensor is in contact with the skin surface (e.g. reports heart rate at over 200 beats per minute - not true). Reminders to move are amazingly useful as it is easy to sit for too long while working and although I would not have thought this to be a useful feature I really appreciate it. Sometimes the watch does not turn on when the watch is turned to the face - but can be turned on by pressing the either button. The GPS feature does not work as intended but this may improve with upgrades to TIZEN version or the available Navigation Apps (google maps is not good; there are others e.g. Navigator but they do not interface well between the watch and phone and the maps are not up-to-date). Tones (always wish there were more) and vibration on the watch work well. There are always two questions I look for in a review, would the reviewer recommend it and would they buy it again... the answer to both is yes. I have used it more than I thought, which results in using the phone less. It is much easier to quickly check text messages or email if only to check...response is optional (but the quick messages are useful to say "yes, no, or later" when rushed. The "find my phone" feature is just excellent and has saved me on more than a few occasions. I have friends who have the iWatch and when we compared them, the Gear S3 was superior in functionality, the bezel navigation and battery life. I am biased toward Samsung after having other phones (including Apple), LG, MOTO and the defunct Blackberry. I have read the Gear S3 will interface with other Android phones but this watch will keep me loyalty to a Samsung Galaxy phone, especially the Note (if use smartphone features then you have to try the Note). Samsung has created a great smartwatch to compliment its smartphone. It has only been a month but if the Gear S3 continues to perform as well as it has since I started with it, then I would definitely recommend it if you are in the market for a smartwatch. The Frontier is a great choice....great quality, great features, great styling, great watch.
Date published: 2017-02-03
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Features and Specifications are accurate as of commercial launch but may be subject to change without prior notification. All specifications and descriptions provided herein may be different from the actual specifications and descriptions for the product. Samsung reserves the right to make changes to this web page and the product described herein, at anytime, without obligation on Samsung to provide notification of such change. All functionality, features, specifications, GUI and other product information provided in this web page including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation. The contents within the screen are simulated images and are for demonstration purposes only. Images are for illustration purposes only and the accessories are sold separately.

**User memory is less than the total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the device features. Actual user memory will vary depending on the operator and may change after software upgrades are performed.

†This device has been tested and received an IP (Ingress Protection) rating of IP68, which tests for dust intrusion and for water submersion up to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes; rinse residue / dry after wet. Not shockproof. Not suitable for swimming or diving.