Samsung Gear S3 Classic vs Gear S2 Classic: What has changed between these stylish smartwatches?

By Team Feedbaac Updated On Nov 23, 2017, 11:21 am

                  Samsung Gear S3 Classic on the left, Samsung Gear S2 Classic on the right (Image Credits: Samsung)

Over a year ago, Samsung had launched the Gear S2 smartwatches which offered plenty of fitness and smart features in a stylish and compact design, with the rotating bezel being one of its best selling features. Now, the company has rolled out its latest smart wearable series called the Gear S3 which includes better hardware and a larger body. We now compare the features and capability of the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S2 Classic smartwatch.

Display Size

While the older Samsung Gear S2 Classic features a 1.2-inch display, the new Gear S3 Classic has a slightly larger 1.3-inch screen. You get the same 360 x 360 resolution and a circular Super AMOLED panel on both the wearable devices. However, the Gear S2 Classic has a slightly brighter screen at 302ppi as compared to the Gear S3 Classic’s 278ppi. Since Samsung hasn’t stopped the production of the Gear S2 Classic, users will now be able to choose the Gear smartwatch that fits their wrists. As for the protection of the screen, the Gear S2 Classic features the Corning Gorilla Glass 3, whereas the new Gear S3 Classic comes protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass SR+. This ensures protection against accidental scratches on the display.


The Samsung Gear S3 Classic is slightly on the thicker and heavier side at 12.9mm and 59g as compared to the smaller Gear S2 Classic which is 11.4mm thick and weighs about 42g. Both the devices hold a stainless-steel body (the Gear S3 Classic is 316L based stainless).  

Performance and Software

Samsung has upgraded the internal hardware on the Gear S3 Classic with the dual-core Exynos 7270 processor that runs at 1 GHz speed. The RAM included in the device 738 MB RAM. The older Gear S2 Classic also came with a dual-core processor called the Exynos 3250 Dual, but with a lower 512MB RAM. Both the devices feature 4GB internal storage. While Samsung has preinstalled the latest Tizen 2.3.2 OS on the Gear S3 Classic, the older Gear S2 Classic has received software updates that share some of the new features of the software version.


Since both the devices differ in size, the Gear S3 Classic is compatible with 22mm straps and the Gear S2 Classic with 20mm straps. Both the devices can be controlled either by touchscreen or by the revolutionary rotating bezel which only differs slightly in size. The two Gear smartwatches are dust-proof and water resistant up to 1.5m deep for 30 minutes (IP68). One advantage that the Gear S3 Classic is the inclusion of a loudspeaker that lets users make or take a call from the smartwatch it. The new Gear S3 Classic also features inbuilt GPS to track your sports and fitness goals. Other normal features in common between the devices include a heart rate sensor, barometer, accelerometer and more.


Samsung has also stepped up the battery with a 380 mAh capacity in the Gear S3 Classic as compared to the smaller 250 mAh battery in the Gear S2 Classic. Samsung says that the battery in the new Gear S3 Classic can last for almost four days on a single charge. Both the devices offer wireless charging (Qi wireless for Gear S2 Classic and WPC for Gear S3 Classic).

Conclusion and Pricing

With the launch of the new Gear S3 Classic smartwatch, users can now opt the perfect device that suits their wrist size and style. The Gear S3 Classic comes with an improved battery, a bigger display, updated software/hardware, built-in GPS and loudspeaker in the device. The older Gear S2 Classic still is worth it and provides almost similar features of the Gear S3 Classic but in a smaller and thinner body. What’s interesting is that the launch price of both the devices is almost similar (AED 1399).