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Samsung's Gear S3 smartwatch available in the US on November 18th, starting at $350

It's been around two months since Samsung announced the Gear S3, the third generation of its premium Tizen-powered wearable, at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Things have been surprisingly quiet since then, and certainly not so breathless as previous Samsung wearable launches... perhaps reflecting the cooling of the market towards smartwatches in general. Anyway, you'll soon be able to pre-order a new Samsung watch, and wait then wait a couple of weeks for it to arrive: pre-orders begin on Sunday, November 6th, with orders shipping out on the 18th.

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IDC: Smartwatch sales absolutely tanked in Q3 2016

According to the IDC, sales of smartwatches globally declined an absolutely catastrophic 51.6% in the third quarter of this year versus the same time frame in 2015. While there are several mitigating factors at play, this is even more staggering than the numbers from the previous quarter, in which sales dropped only 32% ("only") year over year.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of the bleeding comes courtesy of Apple, which just released its newest Apple Watch devices. Those new watches were only on sale for two weeks in the third quarter, so their impact will likely be felt more in Q4, though I'm really not sure by how much.

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[Deal Alert] Pebble Time Round is down to $113 ($84 off) on Amazon

 

The original Pebble predates Android Wear, and since the first model, the Pebble line has continued to improve and develop. One of their newest watches, the Pebble Time Round, has dropped in price significantly on Amazon. It's now only $113 for the Silver model on Amazon, almost half off from its original price of $199.

The Time Round has many of the features of their Pebble Time wearable, with the notable exception of having a circular screen. The watch has an always-on color e-paper display, giving it an estimated battery life of two days. It also has a step and sleep tracker, downloadable watchfaces, and of course the massive library of Pebble applications.

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[Deal Alert] Get a new Moto 360 Sport from eBay for just $124.99 ($75 off)

The Moto 360 Sport is a strange product; while it sounds like a good smartwatch on paper, its price just keeps on plummeting. Just three days ago, we put out a [Deal Alert] for this watch at a price point of $140, but it's now dropped another $15 to $125. This time around, it's being sold by an eBay seller with 97.9% feedback on over 130k ratings.

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[Deal Alert] Get a black 42mm Moto 360 2nd Gen for just $199.99 from Amazon ($100 off)

Even though it's over a year old now, the second-gen Moto 360 is still a competitive Android Wear smartwatch, especially since Moto announced it won't be releasing any new smartwatches this year. We've seen a few deals for various models of the 360 in the past few weeks, but none that were new in box have been this cheap before. Now, you can get a new, 42mm Moto 360 2nd Gen in black for just $199.99 on Amazon.

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[Deal Alert] Moto 360 Sport down to $139.99 ($60 off) at Best Buy and Amazon

The Moto 360 Sport is a bit of an odd product. It's essentially a second-generation Moto 360 with a silicone band, slightly different design, a transflective LCD for better outdoor viewing, and GPS functionality. Whereas most Android Wear watches are attempting to look as close to classic watches as possible, the 360 Sport stands out (for better or for worse). The $299 MSRP was a tough sell, but thankfully, it has gone far down in price since introduction.

Right now, Best Buy is selling the Black model, pictured above, for only $139.99.

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[Deal Alert] Get an ASUS ZenWatch 2 with a metal band for just $129.99 at Amazon ($70 off)

The ZenWatch 2 may not be the newest kid on the block (the ZenWatch 3 was announced a few weeks ago at IFA), but that only means that more deals will be available for it now. Case in point: Amazon is offering the ZenWatch 2 in the smaller 1.45-inch screen guise with a silver Milanese loop for just $129.99.

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[Deal Alert] Get a gold Moto 360 (2nd Gen) in 42mm guise for just $228 on Amazon (40% off)

The second generation Moto 360 just celebrated its one-year birthday two days ago, but it's still one of the most capable smartwatches out. Now, for a limited time, you can pick one up in the Men's 42mm size from Amazon for just $228 in a gold-on-gold color scheme.

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[Deal Alert] The $600 Huawei Watch Jewel/Sapphire is on Amazon for $295

What's this, three Deal Alerts in one day? You better believe it, because the Jewel/Sapphire Huawei Watch is down to $295.32 on Amazon. With the typical asking price of $599.99, this is an absolute steal.

You might be wondering, "What's the catch?" As far as I can tell, there isn't one. The Huawei Watch features a 400x400 resolution screen, a speaker, and of course runs on Android Wear. It's also one of two devices that you can flash the Android Wear 2.0 Preview on, so it's safe to assume it will receive the final update when it is released.

Possibly the only downside is that the Huawei Watch doesn't have the newer Snapdragon Wear 2100 CPU, which recent Android Wear devices include.

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Samsung announces 2 Gear S3 variants at IFA with larger designs, GPS, and Samsung Pay

After some teasing in weeks prior, Samsung has taken the wraps off the Gear S3 at IFA. Although the Gear S2 was already a potent smartwatch, the Gear S3 adds a host of new features that make it even more competitive with Android Wear's crop of offerings, including the just-announced ASUS ZenWatch 3.

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