The Gear S4 has been subject to a litany of rumours ahead of its presumed debut.
Samsung registered a logo for a “Galaxy Watch” last month, adding fuel to speculation the company was planning to ditch the Gear branding in favour of a new name.
The Galaxy Watch logo was decorated in a font extremely reminiscent of that touted by Samsung’s Note and S line of flagship devices.
Such a move heavily hints the South Korean tech behemoth is planning to integrate the two devices closer than ever.
The Gear S4 is set to bring a host of new features, but here is Express.co.uk’s list of five things it must have to be successful in the smartwatch sphere.
Exceptional battery life
For the Gear S4 to be successful it will have to feature exceptional battery life capable of lasting several days without needing a charge.
A post on Reddit by user Wan997 claimed Samsung had already taken this factor into consideration.
The user insisted their ties to a “Samsung national trainer” was to thank for the alleged details about the new watch.
They declared the biggest version of the Gear S4 will feature battery life capable of lasting “seven days”, which, if true, would mark a lofty achievement from Samsung.
In comparison, the Gear S3 needed to charged roughly every two days.
Although the Reddit user was eager to make such bold battery claims, they did not detail the usage cases needed to achieve seven days of charge.
The Gear S4 has been subject to a litany of rumours ahead of its presumed debut
Seamless compatibility with iPhone
The Apple Watch was designed to have an unparalleled relationship with the iPhone and while Samsung is unable to top the Cupertino-based company on this front, it can make the Gear S4 more appealing than ever to iOS customers.
Samsung insisted the Gear S3 was compatible with a range of Android and iOS devices when it launched.
It added any phone running Android 4.4 and higher with over 1.5GB RAM would be compatible with the smartwatch.
But the giant admitted performance “may be unstable” when paired with the latest and greatest on offer from Apple.
In a post detailing compatibility between the Gear S3 and iPhone, Samsung said: “Gear S3 pairs with smartphones running Android 4.4 and higher with over 1.5GB RAM, iOS 9.0 and later, and smartphones iPhone 5 and newer.
“For iPhone 6S and 6S+ running iOS 10 and later, connection to Gear may be unstable.”
The South Korean tech giant needs to ensure the Gear S4 operates seamlessly with iPhone for it to stand the best chance of attracting Apple’s vast audience and achieving smartwatch success.
The Gear S3 was an brilliant smartwatch, allowing for a host of functions to be carried out just by lifting your wrist upwards and tapping the screen.
But Samsung did not design a watch that was to everyone’s tastes.
Express.co.uk admitted this when we reviewed the Gear S3 Frontier back in 2016.
We said: “The Gear S3 Frontier is certainly bold but it’s king-sized design won’t be to everyone’s taste.
“This is a big watch and, if you’re after something subtle or have dainty wrists, this is not the smartwatch for you.”
For the Gear S4 to be more appealing to everyone it has to feature a slimmer design this time around.
However Reddit user Wan997 declared their source had detailed aspects of the new watch’s design.
The Gear S4 will come in 46millimetre and 42millimetre case sizes, according to the insider.
This means Samsung’s forthcoming watch may still be too big to fit on smaller wrists.
In comparison Apple offers a 38millimetre size of the Apple Watch in an effort to suit the majority of people.
Samsung fans will not have to wait long to see if the company offers a smaller version of its wearable.
The Gear S4 needs to radically up the ante by adding greatly-improved health functionality
Improved health features
Apple has endeavoured to drastically improve the health features present on the Apple Watch year after year.
Samsung needs to follow in its rival’s footsteps by introducing a new wealth of features available to those seeking to get fit and active.
The Gear S3 came with a score of fitness functions, as we noted in our review.
We said: “The Gear S3 has just about every fitness function going.
“There’s an altimeter, baramometer, heart rate monitor and speedometer, plus the device is fully IP68 water resistant which means it can cope in water up to 1.5 meters.
“The watch can also auto detect which activities you’re currently putting your body through and instantly record the fitness data.
“This auto detection works with running, walking, cycling and even rowing machines.”
But the Gear S4 needs to radically up the ante by adding greatly-improved health functionality.
Reddit user Wan997 declared Samsung will provide “40 workout modes” in the new watch as he continued to cite his company source.
He added this would greatly trump the Gear S3 that only boasted 10 workout modes.
The Gear S3 boasted a number of helpful apps that made owning a smartwatch worthwhile
A deluge of apps that make smartwatch the perfect phone companion
The Gear S3 boasted a number of helpful apps that made owning a smartwatch worthwhile.
Spotify playlists could be downloaded to the watch locally, completely eliminating the need to bring your phone to the gym or for a run.
It also gave access to fun apps like Facer that allowed the user to design their own watch face.
But the Gear S4 needs to take this to the next level and make owning it more compelling than ever.
The Apple Watch boasts the biggest and most refined app store for any smartwatch – this is something Samsung has to challenge.
The Gear S4 needs to secure all the essential apps a user would expect while delivering software unattainable anywhere else.
That means Samsung has to fight for exclusive rights to some apps that will make its smartwatch more appealing than any other.
Samsung is holding its “Unpacked” event where the Gear S4 is expected to debut tomorrow (August 9).
Express.co.uk will be covering the event live.
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