Apple Watch 2 and Gear S3
The Apple Watch 2 and Samsung Gear S3 frontier modelApple/Samsung

Apple has launched the Watch 2 almost two years after it introduced the first version of the smartwatch with a focus on fitness tracking features to take on the existing players in the wearable market. Not long ago, Samsung also unveiled the Gear S3, its smartwatch series for 2016 to take on the likes of Apple Watch.

The release of both the wearables so close to each other but could leave consumers spoilt for choice. While Apple Watch still cannot run without an iPhone, Samsung has made sure at least one of its Gear S3 models can run with a SIM.

IBTimes UK brings you the major similarities and differences between the Watch 2 and the Gear S3 to help you make an informed decision on which wearable to opt for. Although both companies have more than one model, we have taken the common specifications present in all models to get a holistic view.

Specifications Apple Watch 2 Samsung Gear S3
Screen Size 38mm and 42mm dials 46mm dial
Display Resolution OLED Retina display with Force Touch 272 X 340 pixels for 38mm model and 312 X 390 pixels for 42mm model Super AMOLED 360x360
Dial Shape Square Round
Weight NA 62g and 57g
Protection material Sapphire crystal for stainless steel and ceramic models, Ion-X glass for aluminum model Gorilla Glass 4 SR+ glass
Processor S2 dual-core processor 1.0 GHz dual-core Exynos 7270 processor
LTE No Yes for Frontier model
Storage NA 4GB
OS WatchOS 3 TizenOS 2.3.2
Battery Lithium –ion with expectancy of 18 hours 380mAh, lasts for 4 days
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
GPS Sensor Yes Yes
Heart Rate Sensor Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes (802.11b/g/n) Yes (802.11 b/g/n)
Bluetooth Yes Yes
NFC Yes Yes
Water resistance Water-resistant up to 50m IP68 dust and water- resistant up to 1.5m
Price Starting from $369 depending on the casing TBA

As you can see from the specs sheet, Apple has stepped up its game by focusing on the watch's primary use as a fitness accessory. It has added features like a heart sensor and built-in GPS to challenge wearables like Gear S3 and Fitbit that are popular among fitness enthusiasts. Its water-resistant feature of being able to sustain underwater up to 50m of depth is unlike we have seen in any smartwatch.

The Apple Watch 2, however, falls behind the Gear S3 in terms of connectivity through LTE which means users can only use the Apple watch if they have their iPhone with them as there is no provision for cellular connectivity. Samsung, on the other hand, has introduced the feature for one of its Gear S3 models, the Frontier, and users need not carry around their phones if they want to operate the smartwatch.

Both companies have tried to include as many sensors and features as possible with Apple offering a wider range of watches under Series 2 and Samsung just two models.

Although Apple has revealed its pricing, Samsung is yet to do so, but reports say the Gear S3 Frontier, which is the higher of the two gear models for 2016, is expected to be priced close to the Apple Watch 2 basic model.