Samsung Gear S4 could feature watch straps with integrated battery, fingerprint sensor


It appears that Samsung wants to improve the quality of its smartwatch lineup, which means the South Korean giant doesn't plan on giving up on wearable segment anytime soon.

A new set of patents filed by Samsung last month reveal some of the interesting features that the company wants to introduce in some of its next smartwatches, maybe even in the upcoming Gear S4 (or whatever the name).

The most important seems to be the solution that Samsung found to provide smartwatch users with more battery life. The South Korean company intends to sell watch straps with integrated battery inside. Obviously, the batteries Samsung will use must be flexible and very thin to fit in these watch straps.

Moreover, the application mentions the possibility of including not one, but two batteries placed on both sides of the watch strap. Even with the addition of the battery, watch straps will not be limited to a few materials, so customers will still be able to choose from many different types such as leather, polymer, rubber or fiber.



Since the battery will be moved from the smartwatch to the watch strap, there will be some space left where Samsung can include other components. Among them, Samsung mentions the possibility of adding a camera, a fingerprint or lighting sensor, as well as proximity, infrared and heart rate sensors.

Another intriguing new feature that we can expect from future Samsung smartwatches is the addition of some sort of rotating bezel with sub-display. Each time the user rotates it, he/she can access a different menu.

Although all these new features seem very exciting to have, it will be interesting to see how many of them Samsung will be able to actually include in its next smartwatch, presumably the Gear S4.

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15 Comments

1. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Wow. The Gear has been an awesome device.ive own each of the fancier ones and they are great. 2 day battery life, lots of useful features and it's 99.9% standalone and you can even install apps without using a phone. You basically only need a phone to put music on it. If they fix that, it will be 100% independent.

8. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Samsung always innovating if I were to dream of owning a IT business it would be like Samsung. I won't people to buy my product because they want it and is the best and a exceeds their expectations. Unlike apple sheep's who just buy it cause it apple and feel like they are trapped or too dumb to try something else.

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

in a time where android wear is essentially dead, the Samsung gear is the only thing that can stand to the stupid and ugly iwatch ( i ain't calling it apple watch )

3. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

If the battery is moving to the straps I guess they're going back to IP68? That would be a bit disappointing, especially considering it does look like it'll be one of the first smart smart-watches and not just a second screen for your phone.

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1832; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Id hate to loose my nice black metal band that I have on my Frontier but I'll take the innovation every time...

5. macawmatt

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

My opinion, going to what would be proprietary if not permanent straps is a terrible idea. The whole reason I jumped to my S3 was that the strap on my Moto Sport tore and is not replaceable. With screen on I get a day and a halfish of battery life, turn the screen off and it will go at least three days. I'm fine with that current kind of battery life. Just charge it while you shower and your good.

6. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

It will be the best smart watch ever

7. electrophage

Posts: 73; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

I agree with macawmatt. One of the reasons I got the S# was interchangeability of bands. I use a metal expansion band because its waterproof, and I cant stand hot, ugly plastic and fiber bands. The S3 is a watch not a fitness trainer

12. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

They may be thinking more battery life in exchange for replaceable strap

9. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

40-45mm stainless steel case and band please Samsung.

10. Jrod99

Posts: 759; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Notice Best Buy lock all the Gears up behind glass with all the fitness watches. Wanted to tinker with one. Oh well.

11. macawmatt

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Our BB has the Gears out in the Samsung experience area.

15. eyedoc81

Posts: 56; Member since: May 20, 2011

Check in the Samsung area, there are usually wearables amongst the phones. and tablets.

13. TThilert

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Samsung had one real digital smart watch; the Gear S, since then they have copied normal analog watches. Have used Gear watches since the first one came out, have Gear 3, but are back to Gear S as a watch, as it is far more suited to the function as a digital watch. Next watch should have the option of totally disconnecting the so called health options and concentrate on being an extension of the phone with enough space on the display for practical use, not trying to put a square peg in a round hole. Metal bands is the best solution.

14. eyedoc81

Posts: 56; Member since: May 20, 2011

I just bought a Gear Sport b/c they didn't announce a Gear S4. I love it, but would like for an even more dressed-up version.

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