Aug 9th, 2016

It’s just about time for Samsung to release something else new and what better time to do so than at IFA 2016. The Korean giant released it’s last smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2, at IFA 2015 and we are rapidly approaching what is expected to be the Gear S3.

We have seen a few tips that have described Samsung’s potential plans to release multiple iterations with the Gear S3 including the Gear S3 Frontier, Gear S3 Classic, and Gear S3 Explorer. A few trademark applications have confirmed that Samsung at least owns the rights to these three monikers, so it would make sense that we will see these new smartwatches announced shortly.

There isn’t much known about what these smartwatches will bring to the table, but here’s a quick breakdown of what we do know so far:

  • Rotary Bezel
  • Bevy of new sensors including altimeter, speedometer, and barometer
  • Various buttons around the bezels
  • Ability to quickly change watchbands

The Gear S3 Explorer and Frontier models are expected to be geared towards those with more of an “active” lifestyle, which makes sense for the inclusion of many different sensors. The Gear S3 Classic will also include the same sensors as the aforementioned models, but will bring a rotary bezel along with it. The Classic will more than likely be the headliner for the lineup, offering more of a traditional smartwatch design, without a slew of extra bells and whistles.

We’ve also seen rumors afloat that suggest the Gear S3 will feature a total of 5 different variants, but the other monikers have yet to be seen or confirmed as of yet.

IFA 2016 will begin on September 2nd, where Samsung along with quite a few other technology companies will be unveiling new products, just in time for the holiday season. We’ll have to sit back and wait for the event to arrive, but our money is on a new lineup of smartwatches from Samsung.

[via SamMobile 1, 2]