Samsung’s Gear of smartwatches is insanely popular out there. First debuted back in 2014, the Gear series quickly gained trust among users and tech experts worldwide. Gear smartwatches are among Apple Watch’s top rivals on the market, with millions of units sold every quarter.
It’s been nearly two years since Samsung announced the third generation Gear smartwatch. The Gear S3 was met with a wide welcome, with most critics praising the device’s premium look and innovative features. Rumors have been circulating about the fourth generation Gear S smartwatch for months, giving users a preview of the device.
In the section below, we have gathered everything we know so far about Samsung’s 4th generation Gear S smartwatch. For some background, the Gear S3 was released in November 2016, with two models, including Frontier and Classic. One of the best things when it comes to Gear S3 lies in its simple user interface and ability to monitor heart rate.
Design and hardware
Samsung Gear S lineup of smartwatches has not seen a major design change since the launch day. So, we are not expecting to see something revolutionary in terms of design this year. Sources say that the Gear S4 will maintain the design language we have already seen on its predecessors. This means that we will have rounded corners, stainless steel, and aluminum body.
Tech experts claim that Samsung will launch a limited edition of the Gear S4 with a sapphire body. If this is the case, the wearable device will sport a very high price tag as sapphire is an expensive material on the market.
According to tech watchers, Samsung has been working on a premium version of the Gear S4. The device will feature high-end components and impressive gadgets.
Water resistance and OLED display
The Gear S3 smartwatches are IP68-certified, meaning that they can survive being submerged in a tub of water for 30 minutes. In reality, Samsung is one of the leading brands to include water-proofing functionality in its devices. The current Galaxy Note 8 has the ability to take underwater photos, something we have also seen in some Sony phones.
Sources say that the upcoming Gear S4 will be water-resistant. The coolest part is that Samsung will improve the technology to allow for a better submersion.
When it comes to the display, Samsung will continue to use OLED display on its Gear S4 this year. The adoption of OLED panel offers more details and better contrast. Samsung’s main rival, Apple is currently using the OLED panel on its Apple Watch. However, LG Display is supplying Apple with OLED panels.
Samsung is the number one manufacturer of OLED panels, with more than 90 percent market share. So, it makes sense that the South Korean firm wants to use OLED displays on its smartwatches.
Hardware and battery life
The Gear S3 Frontier and S3 Classic feature Samsung’s Exynos 7270 dual-core chipset. Basically, the chipset offers a great power that handles your daily tasks on your wrist. It remains unknown which chipset will power this year’s Gear S4. However, sources say that Samsung has been working on a new chipset for its smartwatches for months. And, the company is now ready to integrate it into its watch this year.
Samsung’s Gear smartwatches are reliable when it comes to battery life. The Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Classic sport 380mAh batteries, offering a lot of time to interact with apps and services. Sources say that the upcoming Gear S4 will come with a larger battery life.
The Gear S3 smartwatch is among wearable devices to feature LTE connectivity. This means that you can insert a SIM card and receive a phone call, which makes sure that you won’t miss any important calls or messages.
The upcoming Gear S4 will retain LTE connectivity from the last year’s models. Other options include Bluetooth, NFC, and MST for Samsung Pay.
Smartwatches with LTE capabilities are not new out there. Last year, Apple debuted the third generation Apple Watch with LTE connectivity. The LTE version of Apple Watch is now dominating the market, with more than 16 million units sold. It seems that Samsung has a lot of work to do to overthrow Apple this year.
Software and features
The upcoming Gear S4 will be powered by Samsung’s own Tizen operating system. The South Korean firm has been working on its own wearable OS for years in an attempt to reduce the alliance on Google’s Android OS. Sources say that the Gear S4 will focus on health features like sleep tracking or heart monitoring functionality.
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