Samsung Gear S3 now available on pre-order

The Gear S3 Classic and S3 Frontier wil both be priced at £349

Key facts

  • Samsung Gear S3 UK pre-order starts today
  • UK price is 349
  • New smartwatches ship within two-to-three weeks

The Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch is now available to pre-order in the UK, with the devices shipping in two-to-three weeks.

Both the Gear S3 Classic and S3 Frontier will both go on sale at 349 in the UK, Samsung has revealed, which is considerably less than its closest rival, the Apple Watch.

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MobileFun was the first company to release its stock for presale, although it hasn't revealed an exact date when punters will have the devices in their hands (or on their wrists).

Both versions of the Samsung Gear S3 run on Samsung's own operating system Tizen, which has been specifically re-worked to make for a pretty impressive smartwatch experience.

Calls can be answered just by turning the bezel, which is also the method for turning up the volume and turning off the alarm. That outer ring also acts as a navigation tool, allowing you to browse through apps installed on the device, text messages or emails. It's an intuitive design.

Rather controversially, the Gear S3 also has a built in speaker, meaning you can, if you so wish, make a real call on the smart watch and have the whole world listen in. We suggest this particular feature is reserved for when you're in a room by yourself rather than in the middle of the office.

The Samsung Gear S3 is a pretty big jump from its predecessor, the Gear S2, although Samsung still has some way to go before it'll overtake the popularity of the Apple Watch.

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