Samsung is widely rumoured to be unveiling a successor to its Gear S3 smartwatch in the near future, and it seems a name change might be on the cards. Read on for the latest Gear S4 leaks about its name, design, specs and release date.
Before we get into rumours surrounding the device’s release date, we first need to address what it might end up being called. A recent patent (via SamMobile) filed by Samsung in South Korea has given us our first glimpse at the wearable’s logo, which proudly names the watch as the ‘Samsung Galaxy Watch’.
Without official confirmation from Samsung we’re going to assume that the watch will be called the Gear S4 for the timebeing, but the Galaxy Watch branding would certainly make sense for the firm.
Samsung Gear S4 release date
What is the Samsung Gear S4’s release date? That’s the question on the mind of many a smartwatch enthusiast these days. Just one year divided the release dates of the Gear S, the S2 and the S3, but it’s been almost two years without any word of a new successor.
While the Gear S4 is widely expected to be revealed later this year, opinion is divided as to exactly when that will be. Some speculation has it launching in August alongside the Galaxy Note 9 at a dedicated Samsung Unpacked event in New York, but a more recent leak points to it headlining the South Korean chaebol’s IFA 2018 efforts.
That’s according to SamsungMobile.News, which is tipping the Gear S4 to be unveiled alongside a Galaxy Tab 4 at the annual Berlin electronics mega-show.
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Now, SamsungMobile.News is a relative newbie on the mobile leaks scene, so take this one with your recommended daily intake of salt, but at the same time in makes sense – after all, Samsung has to have something to show off at IFA beyond new fridge-freezers.
Samsung Gear S4 Specs: New design and features revealed?
Prior to the unconfirmed Gear S4 release date ‘leak’ on Twitter, we were given a potential idea of what one of its headline features might be.
Over on Chinese social media network Weibo, generally reliable mobile tipster ‘Ice universe’ posted (H/T SamMobile) that the Gear S4 would feature a 470mAh battery – up from 380mAh on the Gear S3 and just 300mAh on the Samsung Gear Sport.
A heftier battery cell would likely mean that the Gear S4 lasts even longer than its predecessor, the Gear S3. We praised that device’s battery life in our Gear S3 review, so smartwatch enthusiasts might well have something to look forward to in the coming months.
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Elsewhere, SamMobile has pointed to the Gear S4 coming available in three flavours: silver, gold and black colour options will apparently be available at launch. The site added that Samsung is likely to continue with its strategy of launching two distinct versions of the Gear S4 – a fashion-forward model and a sportier variant.
Currently there’s a big question mark over what OS the watch will use. Samsung has so far stuck to its own ‘Tizen’ operating system for its wearables, but with Google having rebranded Android Wear as Wear OS recently, there’s been some speculation that Samsung might be convinced to adopt it for its smart watch.
That said, using Tizen has given Samsung a lot of flexibility with its smart watch designs, and it’s currently the second biggest smart watch OS in the world behind Apple’s WatchOS. We thus think it’s unlikely that Samsung will make the switch.
Having Tizen would also leave the door open to the watch being equipped with Bixby at launch, leading to some claims that the voice assistant making its smart watch debut with the S4. We’re not quite sure we’re sold on the voice assistant’s smarts, so we’d love to see a Google Assistant option also available.
Stay tuned, as we’ll update this article with all the latest Gear S4 news and rumours as they become available.
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