What new features should Samsung put in the Gear S4 smartwatch?

What new features should Samsung put in the Gear S4 smartwatch?
Now that we have the first concrete mention that Samsung may be working on a Gear S3 successor, and a few patents released along the way that hint at some of the eventual new features that it might get outfitted with, it's time to make a wishlist.

On top of everyone's list, besides the usual faster performance (Exynos 7270 is plenty) or longer battery life (the S3 lasts more than average already), is probably better fitness and health tracking options. Apple, for instance, made ripples in the healthcare industry with the heart rate tracking options that its Watch wearable offers, and with a good reason. The sector is a $3 trillion business, so even a tiny fraction of it holds huge revenue potential.

Samsung is seemingly aware of this trend, and is apparently experimenting with better sleep tracking abilities for the Gear S4 already, but might throw in extra health-related options, too. Everyone does heart rates, and Samsung has had a pulse meter embedded in its phones since the days of the Galaxy S5, but nobody can yet do blood pressure, for instance, unless attached to a 3rd party cuff. 

Samsung, however, has a brand new optical sensor in the Galaxy S9 and S9+ that we found to take your blood pressure pretty accurately. Before you scoff at the possibility that something similar might go into the Gear S4, we'd like to point out that Samsung already has filed the patent you see below, detailing precisely such a BP-monitoring sensor... on a smartwatch.

Samsung has a patent for a smartwatch that can monitor blood pressure

Samsung has a patent for a smartwatch that can monitor blood pressure


Additional watch patents include screens built into the Gear's bezels, or straps with flexible batteries and OLEDs, as well as some crazy camera-related ones that embed a shooter in the middle of the watch. Everything is possible, but we are curious what is most important to you when it comes to Samsung's Gear S4, Sports 2, or whatever it decides to name the device, codenamed SM-R800, that is currently in development.

What new features would you like to see in Samsung's Gear S4?

Extra fitness and sleep tracking options
8.37%
Longer battery life
37.82%
A new design and/or interface
14.19%
Unique feature like blood pressure monitoring
19.69%
Larger display/more displays
7.14%
A camera
9.84%
Other (sound off in the comments)
2.95%

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27 Comments

1. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

4K display, wifi connectivity to phone and 21 days battery life.

2. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

4K display, wifi connectivity to phone and 21 days battery life.

3. antroid

Posts: 372; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I hope the next gen retain the round display while packing the blood pressure sensor/s with longer battery life

4. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1232; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Way long long looooong battery life and reasonable price...

5. Ray.S

Posts: 452; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Seems like longer battery life is the top choice here. I can definitely relate to that, as having to charge ONE MORE device almost every day/night sure seems a bit much (considering the benefits).

26. worldpeace

Posts: 3102; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I charge my S3 once every 2 days :-/ And that's with Always-on-screen, probably could get more than 4 days if it's turned off.. But 7 days of usage per charge would be nice..

6. cmdacos

Posts: 3957; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Battery life is already better than the competition. I would rather they focus on health advancements like blood pressure monitoring, especially when the phone BP sensor works so well.

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

If the day extra is cosidered as better than competetion, that is really sad.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17181; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, a day extra is better, so I don't know what your point is.

15. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Better yet still useless.

20. cmdacos

Posts: 3957; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Buy a traditional watch then. You have a choice.

22. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I did buy Xiaomi Huami Bip. I was considering decent Casio watch, but i like to keep my watches at least smart and I like alarm that vibrates. I had Pebble Time Steel before.

7. robyla

Posts: 17; Member since: May 10, 2012

Should be enabled standalone route tracking option, mapping my own Gpx file, like it works on Garmin or Suunto. B/W or grey display option; Google services support; S-health should support third party BT HR belts; More accurate S-health

8. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Battery ... end of discussion. Every < 7 day life smartwatch is inconvenient, unreliable crap to deal with. Watch = serious, incedibly delicate, reliable stuff. 99% of smarwatches = joke.

10. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1293; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Not really a feature, but make them a bit cheaper.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17181; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Battery life doesn't concern me since I already get plenty for a full day, and it comes off at night anyway. Is like to see the BP monitor, so long as it's accurate.

13. JamesW

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

The people saying battery life clearly don't have a gear s3. Currently the best battery for high end smartwatch. Would like to see them incorporate a camera again...

14. RoyalMike unregistered

Samsung gear S4 is a myth, waiting for it since Note 8.

16. ninjajoe96

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 22, 2013

Having seen the latest update Samsung just pushed for the Gear S2 I picked one up second hand for just over £100 - its such an incredible bargain at this price and the only thing I would complain about is the lack of apps! If Samsung added an Uber or decent mapping application and then just kept the same size or smaller (mainly thinner!) for the Gear S4 I would upgrade in a heartbeat. So many people prefer smaller watches but the only watch that is truly smart but also fits on slimmer wrists is the Gear S2 - I find this size and shape perfect. The S3 and Sport watches grew to be far too large for my liking.

17. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

just make the damn thing to take NANO SIM card!

18. deleon629

Posts: 442; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

fitness and GPS tracking functionality that can be taken seriously, perhaps?

19. deleon629

Posts: 442; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

fitness and GPS tracking functionality that can be taken seriously, perhaps?

23. gamehead unregistered

A camera I guess

24. Onespot

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

It should have android wearOS

25. wando77

Posts: 1167; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

4g version in the UK. We only got the bluetooth version of the S3 so I skipped it and got a Huawei watch 2 4g instead. I would much prefer a gear S3 but it's a no go without 4g which I need so I have a phone on me when I work.

27. TThilert

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Larger rectangular display, larger than Galaxy S, to be useful, stop this antiquated round display. Better battery life, more info and ability to turn off all the health nonsense

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