Sam­sung Gear S3

Sam­sung to un­veil new smart­watch. Marie Brewis re­ports

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Sam­sung is hold­ing an IFA press con­fer­ence on 31 Au­gust 2016. It’s here that we ex­pect it to an­nounce the new Gear S3 smart­watch.

Price

The Gear S3 will most likely fol­low the pric­ing model for the Gear S2, which has an RRP of £249

but is avail­able on­line from £219. A pre­mium model with a leather strap and grooved bezel that looks more like a tra­di­tional wrist­watch costs an ex­tra £50. Given the var­i­ous co­de­names that are re­ported to be in use for the Gear S3 (SM-R760, SM-R765, SM-R770, SM-R765V and SM-R765S, with the lat­ter two car­rier vari­ants) it’s likely we’ll see stan­dard- and pre­mium ver­sions of the Gear S3. A lux­ury model has also been tipped, with jew­ellers de Griso­gono (which made a £15,000 di­a­mond-stud­ded ver­sion of the Gear S2) hav­ing re­vealed that it is work­ing with Sam­sung on a high-end ver­sion of the S3.

Fea­tures

Fol­low­ing the Sam­sung Gear S2 ‘Or­bis’ the new Gear S3 is re­port­edly co­de­named ‘So­lis’ (‘sun’ in Span­ish). It comes as no sur­prise then that it’s ex­pected to be a round smart­watch with a very sim­i­lar de­sign to the Gear S2, but run­ning Tizen rather than An­droid Wear. That’s not nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing, since Tizen now talks to all An­droid smart­phones and not just those made by Sam­sung.

Sam­sung is re­ported to be adding ac­tiv­ity track­ing technology to the ru­moured smart­watch, and the Gear S3 may even be able to mon­i­tor al­ti­tude. Ru­mours sug­gest it will fea­ture GPS, a speedome­ter, a barom­e­ter and an al­time­ter.

Some­thing not likely to change is the ro­tat­ing bezel that is used to nav­i­gate the Tizen OS. Nei­ther have we seen any ru­mours con­cern­ing a larger screen or a thin­ner body. We would hope to see a more pow­er­ful chipset than the 1GHz Eyxnos dual-core in­side the Gear S2

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