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Written by : Tech Trends Team

Gearing up to strengthen its wearable category in the country, Samsung India has unveiled Gear S3 smartwatch which will be available for Rs 28,500. Coming in two designs, frontier and classic, Gear S3 will be available at leading Samsung sales channels from January 18, 2017.

Both Gear S3 and its predecessor, Gear S2, share almost the same spec-sheet expect a few enhancements. The newer version has got a bit better design, improvised resolution and an increased screen size of 1.3-inch. Also, the battery, which was just 250 mAh on the earlier version, is now increased to 380 mAh offering a complete four-day battery backup.

Though Gear S3 takes 4 GB of internal storage same as S2, it sports a higher 768 MB RAM ensuring a much more comfortable multi-tasking. The watch is powered by 1.0 GHz dual-core Exynos 7270 CPU and for the first time wrapped with Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ which is specifically designed for wearable devices to provide a tougher, scratch-resistant and crisp display. You will also find built-in speakers and GPS functionality in Gear S3.

"Gear S2 achieved meaningful progress in the smartwatch category with a personalised watch face and a versatile rotating bezel. With smart capabilities and elegant design, Gear S3 marks a significant addition to our smartwatch portfolio," said Manu Sharma, Vice President (Mobile Business), Samsung India.

Same as its rivals, even users of S3, in case of an emergency, can activate the SOS to alert family, friends and emergency professionals about crisis situations, even when the phone is not in-hand. Without touching the screen, users can accept or reject a call or snooze an alarm.

Users can also create short reminders and to-do lists to manage even the most hectic schedules with the reminders application that can take details by voice as well.

Gear S3 offers "hyper-connectedness" with the 'Remote Connectivity' feature that allows the device to receive phone notifications. Consumers can access a diverse range of apps, including fitness, music, news, sports and travel apps all optimised for the Gear S3.

"For the first time ever on a smartwatch, the Samsung 'Knox Tizen wearable SDK' will be available to third-parties, enabling management capabilities and the development of customised applications for Samsung's wearable ecosystem," the company said.

The "Knox Tizen Wearable SDK" provides Application Point Interface (APIs) which helps users manage and customise their apps and also features enhanced security.

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