In lack of new Android Wear devices, the only premium intelligent timepiece that can possibly hope to contend the Apple Watch Series 2 this holiday season is the Tizen-powered Samsung Gear S3.

Sure, there’s also the Asus ZenWatch 3, which looks perfectly fine on paper, but is weighed down by its maker’s low profile in most Western markets, while Pebbles are still not sophisticated enough to mount a high-end wearable challenge.

For its part, Samsung is taking way too long bringing the IFA 2016-unveiled Gear S3 Frontier and Classic to stores, not to mention advertising the two may prove tricky without a hot new companion gadget.

On the bright side, LTE-enabled models headed to AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, among many other carriers around the world, don’t need connected smartphones for much of anything, embedded SIM, built-in speaker and all.

There’s hope for reasonable pricing as well, likely circling the $300 starting tag, and at long last, we have a more precise release timeline to look forward to than “later this year.” According to a company official quoted by Korean media, “we decided to market the Gear S3 midway through November at the latest in Korea and some other countries.”

Those “other countries” apparently don’t include China, where the Android and iOS-compatible smartwatch will arrive “later”, but the US is probably at the top of the list.

Source: The Korea Times

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