*Livestream will begin today, August 31, at 18:00 CET (12pm Eastern)
Samsung is gearing up to unveil the Gear S3
- the third edition of its venerable smartwatch line, alongside the Tab S3 high-end tablet today, and we are in Berlin to relay the excitement. If you want to watch the event live, check out Samsung's livestream channel above.
Ever since Samsung pulled its Note line announcement earlier in the summer, as opposed to the IFA showfloor, that's the most we can expect from the Korean giant. That's not to say there won't be other home electronics like fridges, ovens or TVs that will make a cameo at IFA, it's just that the mobile realm will be covered by the next edition in Samsung's venerable smartwatch line.
In fact, we already have a press briefing invitation for August 31, on which Samsung has not-so-cryptically written "Gear" and "Talk about 3," not to mention the Twitter post where it told us to "Stay tuned for a timely innovation." Alright, we are in Berlin to tell, and the talk of the land is that the Samsung Gear
S3 smartwatch will keep the round design of the S2, but come with plenty of extra sensing, like an altimeter, barometer and GPS-based speedometer. There is one 'Classic' variant of the S3 rumored as well, but what will that entail remains to be seen.
Another candidate for IFA glory by Samsung is the rumored Galaxy Tab S3
. A previous trip through Chinese regulatory agency TENAA revealed that a Snapdragon 652 chipset may be be under the hood, as well as an 8" AMOLED display with 1536 x 2048 resolution. The listing had it with 3 GB of RAM, along with 32GB of native, expandable storage. The rear camera could be 8 MP, and a 2 MP front-facing camera should handle selfies and video chats. A 4000mAh battery would be powering this tablet, and Android 6.0 is pre-installed, but another interesting part of the Tab S3 rumors is that we could also see a larger model with a 9.7-inch display make a cameo alongside the 8-incher.