Samsung to bring its new Galaxy Watch at IFA 2018

The Samsung Gear S3 successor – a device that might not end up as the Gear S4, but more likely to be called a "Galaxy Watch" – is finally coming and it will be unveiled at the annual IFA 2018 technology show in late August / early September, according to a report released today by the Korean Yonhap news agency.

This upcoming new Samsung Galaxy Watch is said to offer better integration with the company"s Galaxy smartphones and that"s what"s behind the change in the name.

Samsung has also registered the "Galaxy Watch" name with the Korean Intellectual Property Office last month, another hint that the Gear branding is being phased out.

Interestingly, Samsung has been using its own Tizen operating system for the latest Gear smartwatches and we expect this trend to continue in the new Galaxy Watch. The Tizen platform has allowed Samsung to innovate with things like the rotating bezel and a few other features that likely would not have been possible on the Android Wear / Wear OS platform.

Samsung to bring its new Galaxy Watch at IFA 2018

What other new features will this new Galaxy Watch have? Right now, the answer is that... nobody knows. Samsung is doing a good job keeping the project a secret and keeping us excited about the event that is likely to happen around August 30th, in a month and a half.

In the meantime, other companies are also getting ready to unveil their new smartwatches for 2018. Apple is the big name in the smartwatch game and it"s expected to announce its new Apple Watch Series 4 in a massive September event, alongside new iPhones, new iPads and more. LG is also preparing two new smartwatches that could be unveiled as early as this month, and those two will actually run on Google"s Android Wear platform. Great times for those who want a more powerful smartwatch!

Top Galaxy Watch expected features Bixby available from the get-go
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Bixby available from the get-go
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Samsung is extremely likely to adorn the upcoming wearable with its own smart assistant, Bixby. As per certain reports, there won"t be a dedicated button to trigger the assistant; instead, it will substitute the S Voice interface found on the Gear S3 and previous Samsung wearables. Having Bixby on your wrist makes perfect sense from the standpoint of Samsung, which definitely wants to make its virtual butler a much more prominent part of their users" experience.
Bixby available from the get-go
Water resistance
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In the same vein of the Gear S3 Frontier, S3 Classic, and Gear Sport, Samsung would likely want to keep its next wearable water-resistant. IP68 water-resistance rating is likely being targeted here, as it will not only make the device sweat-proof, but will also enable the gadget to be extensively used in certain types of sport, like swimming and recreational diving.
Water resistance
Two sizes, double the fun
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Similar to the Apple Watch, the Galaxy Watch is expected to co me in two sizes - a smaller variant aimed at female users and a larger one geared toward males. As a refresher, the Apple Watch is available in 38 and 42mm sizes, making it easier for would-be customers to choose their preferred wearable. Hopefully, the Galaxy Watch would imitate this decision and allow for such a flexibility when it comes to size.
Two sizes, double the fun
Interactive bezel with sub-display
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According to rumors, the Galaxy Watch will feature a rotating bezel with an interactive sub-display beneath with that will be used to show useful, contextual information that"s relevant to what you see on the main screen. Sounds just as cool and exciting as most tech in 2018 should.
Interactive bezel with sub-display
OLED display
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Nothing has been set in stone when it comes to the display of the Gear S4, but there"s little to no uncertainty that Samsung will continue using OLED displays for its wearables. This type of display is perfect for wearables that often feature always-on display functionalities as OLED not only looks great thanks to its superb contrast qualities but also helps save precious battery juice.
OLED display
Battery embedded into the wrist strap
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Battery life is one of the banes of wearables - the form factor simply prevents these from boasting a spectacular battery life. There are little ways to combat this, but Samsung could be on the right track with a rather interesting suggested feature of the Galaxy Watch - it could feature small batteries inside wrist watch itself, which would potentially improve the battery endurance of the gadget by a margin. Likely a small improvement, but an improvement nonetheless.
Battery embedded into the wrist strap
Tizen running the show
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It is unlikely that the Galaxy Watch would ship with Google"s Wear OS (formerly Android Wear), which is patiently waiting for a flagship wearable to pick it up. Back on topic, the Samsung Gear S3 bet hard with Tizen, helping establish Samsung"s proprietary software as a viable alternative to either watchOS and Wear OS themselves. While the blogosphere seems entralled with the idea of a Galaxy Watch running Wear OS, this will probably never happen as doing that will essentially prevent Samsung from having its smartwatches its own way. In particular, Wear OS would prevent Samsung from utilizing the unique bezel control and achieving long battery life.
Tizen running the show
Improved fitness and wellness tracking
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You guessed it, many of the features of the upcoming smartwatch that we"ve been hearing about are mostly fitness-related ones. Word on the street is the Gear S4 will be sporting an even better integration with Samsung Health, which would surely come in handy (no pun intended) to all potential adopters of the wearable. The Gear S3 was already a great hardware extension to the software capabilities of the Samsung Health hub which is available for most smartphones, but... there"s always room for improvement.
Improved fitness and wellness tracking
Adequate price tag
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To put things bluntly, we don"t expect the Galaxy Watch to cost less than $349 for the very base model. This is the lowest price that we expect the wearable to carry, with prices naturally going up once you start to going up the ladder of options and versions. This will put it in the same ballpark as the Apple Watch and will definitely pit it against Cupertino"s industry-leading wearable.
Adequate price tag
IFA 2018 release date
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It seems that the Galaxy Watch won"t be officially unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 9 and the reason for that is logical: Samsung would want to keep the two major announcements separated in order to eke out the most out of each new gadget. Admittedly, a Galaxy Watch revealed along with the Note 9 will steal some of the interest that would otherwise be wholly attributed to the handset. So, what"s a more appropriate date for the Galaxy Watch to break cover? Why, IFA 2018, of course! Given that Samsung wouldn"t announce a smartphone at the major trade show, the Galaxy Watch would have the full stage for itself. Presumably, the Galaxy Tab S4, the fourth-gen flagship tablet of Samsung could also make be announced at the same time.
IFA 2018 release date
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Top Galaxy Watch expected features
Samsung is extremely likely to adorn the upcoming wearable with its own smart assistant, Bixby. As per certain reports, there won"t be a dedicated button to trigger the assistant; instead, it will substitute the S Voice interface found on the Gear S3 and previous Samsung wearables. Having Bixby on your wrist makes perfect sense from the standpoint of Samsung, which definitely wants to make its virtual butler a much more prominent part of their users" experience.

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source: Yonhap News
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