Back when we reviewed the OG Samsung Gear S in 2014, we called the thing more smartphone than smartwatch, which wasn’t necessarily a compliment. The 2015 sequel addressed many of the form factor-related and UI complaints, but health enthusiasts still found the Gear S2 flawed, especially in its Bluetooth-only, non-3G, non-GPS-including configuration.
Samsung may have taken note again, and even after releasing a robust and powerful Gear Fit 2 activity tracker, it reportedly decided to integrate several new fitness-centric features and technologies on the upcoming Gear S3.
Possibly dubbed Gear S3 Frontier, and almost certainly headed to Berlin for an early September IFA introduction rather than a New York “unpacking” alongside the Galaxy Note 7 tomorrow, this could offer GPS as standard, plus an altimeter, barometer, and speedometer.
Both the Gear S2 and Gear Fit 2 accommodate a barometer of their own, but the other two sensors might be absolute Samsung novelties. The altimeter would “constantly” and accurately measure altitude to better estimate calories burned during steep uphill runs, while a speedometer will likely join the GPS chip in, well, monitoring your velocity.
Additional sensors not mentioned in this latest report but poised to find their way on the Samsung Gear S3 include an accelerometer, gyroscope, and heart rate tracker.