Samsung Gear S3 | Image source: Samsung

Samsung Gear S4 to feature improved health tracking and more

Samsung is reportedly working on the Gear S4 smartwatch. The device is rumoured for release later this year and will succeed the Samsung Gear S3 launched in 2016 and Gear Sport released last October.

The rumours stem from the folks at SamMobile. They claim a Samsung smartwatch with the model number SM-R800 and codename Galileo is currently being worked on. Unfortunately, apart this information, little else is known. Rumours point to this being an evolutionary upgrade which will feature the usual upgrades to the processor, RAM and battery life.

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The smartwatch is also expected to come with better health and fitness features. The S Health app will be getting more in-depth sleep tracking and possibly more.

Some reports even speak of blood pressure monitoring, although we highly doubt this will be ready for the Gear S4. The company has apparently figured out how to take readings from the wrist. Similar to the way a light sensor is used for measuring heart rate, the new sensor works by shining polarized light and then sensing the intensity of the scattered light. If the technology proves accurate, it means you’ll be able to monitor your blood pressure around the clock directly from your wrist.

samsung gear s4 - Samsung Gear S4 to feature improved health tracking and more
Samsung Gear S3 | Image source: Samsung

No word yet on pricing or when Gear S4 will be released, but its possible it could be announced in Q4. No doubt more leaks will surface in the coming months. We’ll keep a close eye and let you know when we hear more.

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