Two days back we reported that Samsung is set to release the Gear S3 in IFA 2016 conference in Berlin, Germany on September 1. Now we have got news that the release date of has been preponed to August 31. Of course, Samsung hasn’t revealed what they are about to release and have only said it’d be a smartwatch. But the invite rather heavy-handedly hints that it’ll be the Samsung Gear S3.

Samsung Gear S3

Speaking of the invite, it features two blue watch hands. If this isn’t screaming the successor of Gear S3, then I don’t know what is. According to analysts, the smartwatch sales dipped to one-third last year. With the wearable world mostly dominated by Apple Watch, Samsung is the only one to hold firmly and improve its numbers. The Tizen-OS run Samsung Gear S2 has managed to make quite an impression in the wearable world because it offers a lot of things different.

Update: The Samsung Gear S3 was launched on 31st August. And by the looks of it, they are basically twists on last year’s designs.

Samsung Gear S3 Models:

Gear S3 has two variants, the “Classic” which has a refined feel and the “Frontier” aimed at more active users. The Classic is built with stainless steel and has a polished silver look while the the Frontier has matte black finish, that looks pretty casual.

Samsung Gear S3 Specs:

  • Comes with 1.3 inch screen which supports Samsung’s “always on display” feature
  • It runs Tizen, Samsung’s own operating system, which currently and has around 10,000 apps
  • A number of sensors – accelerometer, gyrometer, barometer and heart rate monitor
  • Offer 3-4 day battery life with conserving battery power mode
  • Offers Wireless charging
  • A rotating bezel that allows users to carry out specific actions such as answering calls

Samsung Gear S3 Availability:

Samsung hasn’t announced pricing or availability yet, but the S3 is supposed to arrive by the end of the year.

Samsung Gear S3 Screen Protectors:

UPDATE: Walmart’s website has a listing for Samsung Gear S3 screen protectors. Spotted by Gsmarena, a third-party seller seem to have listed 2 and 3 packs of screen protectors for the upcoming smartwatch. The images only show gold and silver colour options. The protector is available by a company named Talkie Tech. There are five variants of protector. Those are:

  • 3x iLLumiShield Ultra Clear Screen Protector Cover for Samsung Gear S3. Price $4.85
  • 3x iLLumiShield Matte Anti-Glare Screen Protector for Samsung Gear S3. Price $6.95
  • 2x iLLumi AquaShield Clear Screen Protector Cover for Samsung Gear S3. Price $4.85
  • 2x iLLumiShield Blue Light Filter Screen Protector for Samsung Gear S3. Price $6.95
  • 2x iLLumi AquaShield Front + Back Panel Protector for Samsung Gear S3. Price $12.95

Samsung Gear S3 Screen Protectors

Samsung Gear S3 Possible Features:

The Gear S3 will be an upgrade to Gear S2, that much is pretty obvious. The dial will feature 1.2-inch circular Super AMOLED display. It’ll have a resolution of 360×360 pixels and a pixel density of 302ppi.The device will run on Tizen an upgraded version of OS and will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz. The Gear S3 will very likely come packed with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Sensors will include heart rate, accelerometer, gyroscope, altimeter, barometer sensor and ambient light. The altimeter and barometer can be used to measure the altitude when users are climbing a hill or some high ground. The device will also feature a weather indicator so as to help users keep an eye out for rough weather when they are out and about.

Sensors will include heart rate, accelerometer, gyroscope, altimeter, barometer sensor and ambient light. The altimeter and barometer can be used to measure the altitude when users are climbing a hill or some high ground. The device will also feature a weather indicator so as to help users keep an eye out for rough weather when they are out and about. The smartwatch will be backed by a 250mAh battery which can be used for two to three days.

Samsung Gear S3 Possible Models:

Following the tradition, Gear S2 is available in options – Samsung Gear S2 3G and the Gear S2 Classic. The device had a gold and silver color edition too. So there are speculations that Samsung will go further with this and launch three variants of Gear S3. It’s likely to have an ‘explorer’ edition that’ll feature more buttons, a crown, and changeable watch bands.

Samsung Gear S3 Wishlist:

We loved the Gear S2, but we’d like some improvement on its successor. Here’s a wishlist on what we’d like to see in the future Gear.

Android Wear 2.0 Edition

It’d be awesome if Samsung were to introduce an Android Wear 2.0-ready version of the Gear S3. The Gear S2’s Tizen OS is pretty good but is likely to be better.

Built-in GPS

The expensive edition of Samsung Gear S2 contains built-in GPS, and we knew it to be an incredible features. The helps joggers and runners know where they are heading. We hope the Gear S3 low-cost edition comes with a built-in GPS. A lot of other devices do have built-in GPS, for instance, Sony Smartwatch 3, Moto 360 Sport, and Samsung’s own Gear Fit 2. So a built-in GPS for Gear S3 can be on the table.

iOS Compatibility

iOS compatibility has become a necessity these days. Samsung should take a cue from devices like Moto 360 2015, Huawei Watch, LG Watch Urbane, Fossil Q Founder who work on both Android and iOS. This is only wishful thinking on our part. Samsung and Apple has a pretty nasty rivalry between them so it’s unlike for Samsung to open doors for iOS.

Better & Faster Processor

The Gear S2 and Samsung Gear Fit 2 share the same processor and although they are not bad, but if Gear S3 is to step-up it’s performance, it’d need a faster processor. Samsung needs to pull off some neat moves since the release of Gear S3 will soon be, threaten by the launch of Apple Watch 2 and Android Wear which is going to upgrade its chipset standard to Snapdragon Wear 2100 (it’ll enable the production of slimmer smartwatch).

ALSO READ: Sony SmartWatch 4 Design, Features, Probable Release Date & Price

Samsung Gear S3 Release Date:

As we said earlier, initially the Gear S3 was about to launch in the IFA 2016 conference in Berlin, Germany on September 1. But now we’ve got news that the smartwatch launch date has been preponed to August 31. According to numerous sources, Samsung will be unveiling its Galaxy Note 7 along with Gear S3 in the Berlin event.

Samsung Gear S3 Price:

To start off, Samsung Gear S3 is not a cheap Apple Watch alternative. The Gear S3 price will be something around 400 USD. Of course this is only a speculation and not officially confirmed. You don’t have to wait long for find out for sure. The launch event will be streamed online so you can watch at your own convenience. Stay tuned fo more updates.

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