Samsung Gear S3 UK release date is set for next week

But it's not cheap

The Samsung Gear S3 has been up for pre-order in the UK for a while, but now Samsung has confirmed the actual release date of its flagship smartwatch. You’ll be able to strap it to your wrist from Friday November 18, aka a week from now.

Both the Samsung Gear S3 Classic and the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier will be available on that date, with the Frontier sporting a rugged design, while the Classic is more, well, classic, with a relatively sleek and stylish look – though the actual dimensions are the same, and there’s only a 4g difference in weight.

The watches will be available from select online and high street stores, as well as direct from Samsung, and either one of them will set you back £349.

A serious smartwatch

That’s a lot for a timepiece that could feel outdated in a couple of years, but the Gear S3 is a high-end device, with an always-on 1.3-inch 360 x 360 circular AMOLED screen, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, a 380mAh battery and a water-resistant design.

It’s also packed full of connectivity options and sensors, including GPS, NFC, a barometer and an altimeter.

But the real selling point – or reason not to buy it, depending on your perspective – is that the Gear S3 runs Tizen, rather than Android Wear. It’s a polished operating system, which we were impressed by on the Samsung Gear S2, but it’s not as well supported with apps as Android Wear or watchOS.

If you’re not already totally sold, you might want to wait for our full Gear S3 review.