The chunky Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch costs more than an Apple Watch


Samsung's new Gear S3 smartwatch will launch on Nov. 18 in the U.S. starting at $349.99 for the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi model -- more than an entry-level Apple Watch . Pre-orders start on Nov. 6.

Consumers can pick one up from, Best Buy, Amazon, Macy's and participating wireless retailers including AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.

Samsung announced the smartwatch in August, and it'll be available in two models: a regular "Classic" and slightly more rugged "Frontier" edition. They're Samsung's first smartwatches to feature built-in LTE and GPS.

The Gear S3 also supports Samsung Pay using MST technology -- the same contactless payment technology used by Samsung's flagship S7 and S7 Edge phones .

The smartwatch's large 46mm case is a departure from the more reasonably-sized 32mm Gear S2 and even 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch.

The larger case does mean room for the LTE, GPS and a larger battery, which is reportedly good for three to four days on a single charge.

Size aside, the Gear S3, last I checked, looks like a solid smartwatch running Tizen and connecting to Samsung smartphones. Not to mention it has military-grade durability with an IP68 rating for resistance to water, dust and sand.