Samsung to announce Gear S3 smartwatch in September, luxury version to follow in March 2017


Samsung is preparing to fire a third S-series rocket towards the smartwatch market. Korea Herald reported that the Samsung Gear S3's announcement is planned for the IFA 2016 conference in Berlin, Germany (September 2 - 7). The news comes courtesy of a de Grisogono official, who told the media that the Swiss jeweler and watchmaker has been collaborating with Samsung on the latter's "next-generation smartwatch." There are no technological details about it yet.

This will be a second pairing for the two, following their work on the limited edition luxury Samsung Gear S2 that was released in March this year. With the luxury Gear S3 being scheduled for an announcement in time for Baselworld 2017 (also known as the World Watch and JewelryShow) in March, it looks like the two companies will follow the same launch cycle, with the regular Gear S3 version releasing in the fall, and the one with De Grisogono swag debuting a year from now.

The official took the opportunity to boast that the Swiss watchmaker has been shipping close to a hundred Gear S2 units per month since the limited edition wearable launched. The opulent gadget, which is decorated with more than 100 black and white diamond, has a rose gold bezel and comes with a black galuchat (shark skin) strap is sold for a mere $15,000.

Although Apple reportedly owns a 52% share of the global smartwatch market, Samsung's Gear units are a relatively popular purchase in the young and still underdeveloped market. By November last year, the company was selling 2,000 units per day in South Korea, several hundred percent more than the original Gear S. The introduction of a successful luxury model will help Samsung battle its rival in the most profitable price segment, which is that watches for the rich.

source: Korea Herald

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12 Comments

1. adrianzka

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

I wonder what the improvements compared to the gear s2 would be. Maybe even longer battery life, intergrated speakers, and MST for samsung pay. That would be pretty sweet

2. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

That would be awesome, the Gear S2 is already an amazing smartwatch. Can't wait to see what they do.

6. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

As well as two different watch face sizes. It's always nice to have options. I'd like to see a waterproof rating of 5 ATM too.

5. DFranch

Posts: 526; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I'd settle for thinner with slightly better battery. The gear S2 is a pretty thick watch, a good 25%-30% thicker than My Citizen Chronograph.

7. phljcnth

Posts: 553; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The good thing is, it doesn't feel thick and doesn't weigh down the wrist. Maybe the Gear S3 will have thinner rotating bezel and bigger display, better battery life, external speaker, GPS and e-SIM for base model.

11. Clars123

Posts: 1076; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

wants thinner watch..but wants a bigger battery?..where do you think the mechanism for the rotating bezel,screens and antennas go?

8. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm hoping for a slightly larger watch face. Not huge, just a bit more. Thinner would be nice, too.

9. Zalechi

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

better battery life, external speaker, GPS and e-SIM for base model - it will be great i think too, but bigger display - no. By default I was think it will be has a speaker for simple conversation without telefon compagnion, bu i was mistaken.. And i wait for this future and of cause many sayed upper..

10. Zalechi

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

thiner - no. S2 size is optimal in my opinion. I have no stress.

12. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

It needs to be much thinner, the other things on this watch are fine.

13. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Thinner!? Really? And you want longer battery life? Well, I won't mind a slightly thicker watch so they can put in a much larger battery if that can guarantee 1week of battery life with an AOD feature of some sort. Then with Always On Display off we can get 2 weeks of battery. That would be perfect for me :-)

14. Zalechi

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

S2 have normal sizes - do not spek flubdub

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