Round Smartwatches tested: Asus ZenWatch 3 and Samsung Gear S3 Classic in comparison

Runde Smartwatches im Test: Asus ZenWatch 3 und Samsung Gear S3 Classic im Vergleich

Table of Contents
1Smartwatches in third generation
The watches in comparison
The Asus ZenWatch 3 is for the first time round
The Samsung Gear S3 Classic is growing
Display, sensors and SoC
Wear in everyday life
2Android Wear against Tizen
Fitness sensors and accuracy
3Laufzeiten and loading concept
Conclusion
Prices and availability
Smartwatches in the third generation

With the Asus ZenWatch 3 and the Samsung Gear S3 Classic, the smartwatch segment has reached the third generation after two and a half years. Children’s diseases seem to be eradicated and the design has changed from the Tech-Klotz image to the solid chronograph appearance. With a fully round display, the metal case and leather strap, the latest watches from Asus and Samsung are optical hanger signs for this development. Which watch is the better choice with which advantages, the test clarifies.

The watches in comparison

Asus’ watch is for the first time round, but Samsung’s already in generation two. Asus continues to rely on the most recently developed Android Wear 1.0, Samsung on Tizen. In price, both counterparts separate nearly 200 euros: The ZenWatch 3 is available from 229 euros, the Gear S3 Classic from 385 euros.

The Asus ZenWatch 3 is for the first time round

Compared to the first and second ZenWatch, the change of the watch base is considered to be extremely positive. The ZenWatch 3 is more coherent and more mature. Nothing has been left to the line with targeted optical accents. Once again, color details flow into the design and round off it very skillfully. In the dark gray variant available for the test, the two rings are in the color copper. The workmanship of the watch is very good and almost as if from a single mold. The model costs 249 Euro – 20 Euro more than the model with sports strap made of plastic.

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Following the new chronograph design, the third generation of watches from Asus now also features additional side buttons. In addition to the centrally located Homebutton, the user can assign fast accesses to apps to the other two buttons.

The Samsung Gear S3 Classic is growing

The Samsung Gear S3 Classic builds more clearly on the already round predecessor model. The sporty design of the Gear S2, however, in both versions Classic and Frontier not much remains left. Also the relatively slim silhouette of the Gear S2 is passé: the Gear S3 has grown significantly. Above all, the depth of the watch case, which has risen to just under 13 millimeters, is frightened. So thick was from the predecessor only the variant with mobile radio modem.

In contrast to Asus, Samsung continues to rely on a plastic case. This disrupts the otherwise well-designed design of a conventional watch for every application. Huawei has also implemented the watch much better.

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Nevertheless, the processing quality is at a high level and shows no edges or flaws. At a second glance, however, the bezel could be a little tighter. The main operating element of the watch is fine-grained, so that every rotation can be reproduced, but is too loose. The reason for this is the gap between the housing and the bezel, which measures the thickness of two sheets of paper. Thus, when the finger is put on, a cheaply acting clacking occurs.

Display, sensors and SoC

Both for the quality of the display as well as for the installed hardware, the Samsung Gear S3 Classic can set off from the ZenWatch 3. Although the 1.39 inch display by Asus is 287 ppi high resolution and shows very good contrasts and colors. The display of the Gear S3 is, however, superior in everyday life thanks to its more crisp colors and significantly higher brightness.
In the case of the sensors, Samsung is even clearer: Besides the accelerometer, gyroscope and step counter, the third generation of the ZenWatch is supplemented by a light sensor for automatic brightness control. The Gear S3 still provides barometer, altimeter, heart rate and UV sensor on top of it, making it the much more powerful fitness tracker.

Two economical SoC

Also on the hardware basis, both clocks go their own way. The Asus ZenWatch 3 is the first offshoot of the new Snapdragon 2100 Wear, which has been used almost as far as the Snapdragon 400 in Smartwatches. The System-on-a-Chip, specially developed for Wearables, is about 30 percent smaller and 25 percent more efficient.

Samsung, on the other hand, continues to rely on a SoC from in-house production, but, apart from two data cores and a clocking of one gigahertz, does not specify any exact details. The few specifications leave room for the speculation that the Samsung Exynos 3250 from the Gear S2 is used. The memory grows from the 512 in the segment to 768 megabytes. In addition, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and NFC are now on board.

 

Samsung Gear S3
Asus ZenWatch 3
OS: Tizen Android Wear
Kompatibilität: Android, iOS
Display: 1,30 Zoll, rund
360 × 360 Pixel
279 ppi
Super AMOLED
Gorilla Glass
1,39 Zoll, rund
400 × 400 Pixel
287 ppi
AMOLED
Gorilla Glass 3
Bedienung: Touch, Sprache, Knöpfe, Lünette Touch, Sprache, Knöpfe
SoC / SiP: Samsung, ?
1,0 GHz, 2 Kerne
?
Qualcomm, Snapdragon Wear 2100
1,2 GHz, 4 Kerne
28 nm
RAM: 768 MB 512 MB
Speicher: 4,00 GB
Konnektivität: Bluetooth 4.2
802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
802.11 b/g/n
Mobilfunk:
Sensoren: Barometer
Altimeter
Beschleunigungsmesser
Gyroskop
Herzfrequenz
Lichtsensor
Schrittzähler
UV-Sensor
Beschleunigungsmesser
Gyroskop
Lichtsensor
Schrittzähler
Weitere Standards: NFC, GPS, GLONASS
Akku: 380 mAh
fest verbaut
kontaktloses Laden
340 mAh
fest verbaut
Gehäuse:
46,1 × 49,1 × 12,9 mm
57 g
wasserdicht, IP68
Edelstahl, Kunststoff
Variante
46,1 × 49,1 × 12,9 mm
62 g
wasserdicht, IP68
Edelstahl, Kunststoff
45,0 × 45,0 × 10,8 mm
wasserdicht, IP67
Edelstahl
Armband: wechselbar
Breite 22,0 mm
Preis: ab 319 € / ab 309 € ab 229 €

Wear in everyday life

Optics is a matter of taste, not to be dismissed by the hand, however, is the significantly better wearing comfort of the Asus ZenWatch 3. It is smaller and fits better around the wrist, in addition the floor is made of metal.

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However, the relatively large crown (the middle Homebutton) also results in limitations for users who preferably wear their watch on their left wrist. If, for example, the user is supported on a table, depending on the type of support, the watch may jump unintentionally into the system menu or even switch off accidentally. This problem does not have the Gear S3 without a central knob.

 

Shirley

Shirley

Shirley is your guy if you want to choose a perfect smartphone in your budget. He is always abreast with the latest news on smartphones and various tech products. In his free time, she loves to visit famous tourist attractions.

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