We should have a few busy months ahead of us. Google is working on a new Pixel watch, LG on two intelligent timepieces and with IFA approaching, we’re sure there will be some goodies in store from Fitbit, Garmin, Fossil and others. And lets not forget the Apple Watch 4 which is expected to land in September.
Not to be left behind, Samsung is reportedly working on the Gear S4 smartwatch. This will be a successor to the Gear S3 launched in 2016 and Gear Sport released last October. The current range is in desperate need for an upgrade, but the wait for the Gear S4 should not be too long.
The folks over at SamMobile say Samsung has labelled the new watch with the model number SM-R800 and codename Galileo. Unfortunately, apart this information, they’ve revealed little else. But other sources have.
Here is everything we’ve learned so far:
- The Gear S4 could arrive as soon as next month. It is rumoured for release alongside the Galaxy Note 9 at Samsung’s Unpacked 2018 event in New York city on August 9th. The early release might give it an edge over products from other companies which are expected from September onwards. Reports say the Gear S4 has already been certified in Europe which points to an imminent release.
- The watch is expected to have the same round faced design, but it should be thinner and lighter than the S3. This should not be a difficult feat considering the S3 is a pretty chunky animal.
- Expect the usual upgrades to the processor and memory.
- The watch looks set to have LTE connectivity. This allows you to leave your smartphone behind while still staying in the loop on messages and calls. So far, LTE watches have been few and far between.
- The smartwatch is also expected to come with better health and fitness features. The S Health app will be getting more in-depth sleep tracking and possibly more.
- Some reports even speak of blood pressure monitoring. The company has apparently figured out how to take readings from the wrist. Similar to the way a light sensor is used for measuring heart rate, the new sensor works by shining polarized light and then sensing the intensity of the scattered light. If the technology proves accurate, it means you’ll be able to monitor your blood pressure around the clock directly from your smartwatch. A game changer as no one else has managed this so far.
- We are expecting two variants of the new wearable with a Classic and more rugged, sporty version possibly being revealed.
- The current Gear S3 includes a 380mAh battery but this will be bumped up to 470mAh. The bigger capacity along with a more efficient processor should extend the 3 days you get on the current generation watch.
- Rumours are abound that Samsung might ditch its Tizen operating system and swap it with Google’s Wear OS. This rumour is from Evan Glass, a tipster with a well known track record. He recently tweeted the following: “Seen on the wrists of Samsung employees: Gear watches running not Tizen, but Wear OS.”
- Some rumours speak of a new name. Instead of Gear S4 the timepiece could be called the Samsung Galaxy Watch. This would make it fit neatly into Samsung’s existing range of Galaxy products.
Samsung Gear S3 | Image source: Samsung
No word yet on pricing but more leaks will surface as August approaches. We’ll keep a close eye and let you know when we hear more.