At a time when Samsung is facing a global disaster with its fire-bombing Note 7 exploding batteries, and at a time when smartwatch sales are tanking, don’t count out Samsung yet. They might just have a trick or two left up their pants, er, sleeves rather. Samsung’s production lines are all set to release their new Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch on November 18. They have already started accepting pre-orders since November 6. The Samsung Gear S3 was actually unveiled back in August. It features a 1.3-inch Super AMOLED display coated in Corning’s Gorilla Glass SR+ cover glass with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels set in a large 46mm watch face. It’s powered by Samsung’s own dual-core Exynos processor paired with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of local storage. That’s a lot of RAM and storage for a smartwatch.
Other great features include a built-in speaker, GPS, an altimeter, a barometer, and an IP68 rating for dust and liquid. Its 380mAh battery is reportedly good for up to four days of use and Samsung assures this one won’t explode or catch fire. Samsung is probably gearing up on this side of the marketing aspect since most of Samsung’s phones are still doing well even with their dip in sales due to the Note 7 fiasco. And plus the fact that some of the industry’s largest Android Wear partners including Huawei, LG, and Motorola announced since mid-September that they have no plans to release new wearables this fall is something that Samsung is taking advantage of. It was revealed a couple of weeks later that the next major version of Google’s mobile OS for smartwatches and other wearables, Android Wear 2.0, will not launch this year as originally anticipated due to the large dip in smartwatch sales, this, including Apple’s watches as well.
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Market research firm IDC mentioned last October that smartwatch shipments had dropped 52 percent in the third quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2015. It seems that people may be more interested in buying a new phone and fidgeting with it rather than fidgeting with a smartphone in Dick Tracy style. Samsung will offer the Gear S3 in two designs. The sleek Gear S3 classic in a red strap and the rugged Gear S3 frontier in a black strap. Pricing starts at $349.99 with both models launching on November 18 on Amazon, Best Buy and Macy’s. You can still pick one up at Samsung’s online store, at a Samsung store nearest you, or through your preferred wireless provider.