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

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".

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

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.

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

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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posted on 25 Aug 2017, 07:54 1

1. Landon (Posts: 779; Member since: 07 May 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.

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 09:32 1

4. cmdacos (Posts: 867; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)

Current Apple watch is 5atm?

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 17:55 1

9. Landon (Posts: 779; Member since: 07 May 2015)



posted on 25 Aug 2017, 11:31 2

5. TechieXP1969 (banned) (Posts: 14967; Member since: 25 Sep 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.

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 17:53 2

8. Landon (Posts: 779; Member since: 07 May 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."


posted on 30 Aug 2017, 17:14

16. squiglybob13 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jul 2013)

Oops lol

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 18:37 4

10. Ninetysix (Posts: 2730; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Showing your ignorance as usual TechieXP1969.

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 08:41

2. willywanta (Posts: 430; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)

look at that pink icon X.

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 09:02

3. nikhil23 (Posts: 212; Member since: 07 Dec 2016)

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

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 11:45

6. Zenith (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Jan 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.

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 14:53

7. gersont1000 (Posts: 468; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 26 Aug 2017, 13:00

11. ikenvape (Posts: 211; Member since: 28 May 2014)

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

posted on 26 Aug 2017, 20:24 5

12. aegislash (Posts: 1075; Member since: 27 Jan 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.

posted on 28 Aug 2017, 12:40

13. DRS1977 (Posts: 541; Member since: 27 May 2015)

Comment is spot on.

posted on 30 Aug 2017, 06:22 1

14. surethom (Posts: 1000; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)

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

posted on 30 Aug 2017, 07:11

15. Landon (Posts: 779; Member since: 07 May 2015)

That, and thinner bezels around the watch face.

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