Samsung Gear S4 (Gear Sport) rumor review: specs, features, price, release date and all we know so far



Samsung will officially announce a brand new wearable device on August 30th at the IFA tech conference in Berlin, Germany, and chances are that it will be a new smartwatch. 

Is it time for the Samsung Gear S4 and what would it look like?

First, the name: it might not be the Gear S4. Samsung unveiled the Gear S3 exactly one year ago at IFA 2016, but one year after that launch, it seems more likely that its next generation smartwatch will be named "Samsung Gear Sport".


Details about it have surfaced in Korean media and the Gear Sport looks a lot like the Gear S3: it features a round display, the Samsung SM-R600 model number and it will run on the latest version of Samsung Tizen operating system, Tizen 3.0. It has also already passed FCC certification, which is one important step before a device's market release.


In case you were wondering, the Korean text below the watch says:

  • Gear Sport (SM-R600) *Coming soon
  • Comfortable casual smartwach / 5 ATM water resistant

Features: one for swimmers


Obviously, the 5 ATM water pressure resistance is the big feature with the new Gear Sport. 5 atmospheres is the pressure of water at around 50 meters (165 foot) of depth, which means you will be able to swim and shower with your new Samsung smartwatch without worrying about damaging it. The company has also just recently shown its new Gear Fit2 Pro fitness bracelet with a dedicated swim workout app, and we expect the same detailed measurement for swimmers to be available on the Gear Sport.

The bottom of the phone clearly shows a heart rate monitor will be present, and as most smartwatches aimed at the sports crowd, we expect to see a GPS on board as well.

Last year's Gear S3 came in an independent, LTE-connected model and we also expect the upcoming Gear Sport to feature a similar independent model that you should be able to use fully without your phone around.

Next up, the Gear Sport will most likely run on the latest Tizen 3.0 operating system and feature the familiar rotating bezel for interaction. Tizen 3.0 features the Vulkan API for smoother graphics performance and adds a ton of other performance improvements, so we expect it to run even smoother on the new smartwatch. We do not, however, expect to see a major redesign in the way you operate the watch in terms of menus.

Final words


Last, but not least, Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh has confirmed that the new Gear smartwatch will be officially uncovered on August 30th at IFA 2017, which is about a week or two before Apple's expected fall event when the company is expected to announce its new Apple Watch Series 3. 

The expected price for the Gear Sport should be roughly in line with the Apple Watch pricing: Apple's wearable costs $400 for the 42mm model, and we expect a $300 to $400 price for the Gear Sport. These two will certainly be the hottest wearables of the fall season, and we'll keep an eye on both and keep you updated with the latest news as they come in.

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19 Comments

1. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

The 5atm is definitely in response to the Apple Watch but it's a great addition to what should be a beast of a watch.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4201; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Current Apple watch is 5atm?

9. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? So what Apple Watch is rated for 5 ATM? Because i don't now of any. This is actually Samsung's answer to Apple not having one. Whatever drugs you smoke, please share with the rest of us.

8. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

No drugs, just facts. Remember: 5atm = roughly 50 meters "* Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch (1st generation) have a water resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. Apple Watch Series 2 has a water resistance rating of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. Classic Buckle, Leather Loop, Modern Buckle, Milanese, and Link Bracelet Bands aren't water resistant." https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205000

16. squiglybob13

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 16, 2013

Oops lol

10. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Showing your ignorance as usual TechieXP1969.

2. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

look at that pink icon X.

3. nikhil23

Posts: 442; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

last I heard, gear s4 is set to come out in 2018 where as Gear sport is a sport version of Gear s3

6. Zenith

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

Utterly confused. I was told the Gear S4 is coming on the 30th and the Gear Sport. I'll be so annoyed of the Gear S4 isn't bloody announced then.

7. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I'm looking forward to the Gear S4 and/or Gear S4 Sport...so I can get the S3 at a lower price!

11. ikenvape

Posts: 308; Member since: May 28, 2014

Definitely Not going to be an early adopter. Will wait for a sexier classic edition this go around

12. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

It's like Samsung is the only one who *gets* smartwatches. Yeah, they're *smart*watches...but just because they're smart, doesn't mean the watch aspect needs to be forgotten about. Seeing as a smartwatch is a fashion accessory as much as it is a useful tool, they should be as sexy as they are functional. Samsung is literally the only OEM at the moment who makes good looking smartwatches. The Classic models of the Gear S2/S3 are the pinnacle of smartwatch perfection. Apple Watch has the fashion accessory aspect taken care of for the most part, with the major selection of bands...but the watch itself is just terrible looking. Huawei had it right with the original Huawei Watch, which was just breathtaking...but then they launched the Huawei Watch 2/Watch 2 Classic, which are both ugly as sin.

13. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Comment is spot on.

14. surethom

Posts: 1691; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Most just want a thinner smartwatches & please less sporty stainless steel please.

15. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

That, and thinner bezels around the watch face.

18. themobileupdates

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

is this specifications already published by samsung or only the rumors.. I read the article in various sources too. But eagerly waiting..

19. themobileupdates

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

artilce is good but not so much

20. themobileupdates

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

good review on upcoming

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