As Galaxy Note 6 speculation is already heating up, despite there likely being at least four more months until the phablet becomes official, you may have started to wonder about certain “companion” devices also prepped for IFA introductions in the fall.

The first ever Gear VR consumer edition still feels fresh, but it badly needs upgrades and optimizations too, particularly on the software side of things. And then you got the Gear S2 smartwatch, which saw daylight roughly a year after the original Gear S, and could thus warrant a sequel as early as September.

Indeed, Korean press now confirms a Samsung Gear S3 will be coming at IFA 2016 in Berlin, followed by a “super-luxury” limited edition at the 2017 Baselworld trade show next March. Just like the diamond-studded limited Gear S2 unveiled last month, the extravagant next-gen wearable should be co-manufactured by 1993-founded Swiss luxury jewel maker De Grisogono.

Apparently, the Gear S2 by De Grisogono is “selling out internationally”, which doesn’t mean a lot in terms of unit sales numbers, as only 100 copies are “handcrafted and built every month”, but definitely yields massive per-unit gains for both companies behind said flamboyant product.

Unfortunately, we literally know nothing about the standard, non-luxury, non-diamond-covered Samsung Gear S3 aside from its possible release timeframe. Will it ditch Tizen and finally jump on the Android Wear bandwagon? Will it look even prettier than its predecessor? Support iOS off the bat? Last a little longer between charges? Further bump up screen size and resolution? Don’t count on finding that all out very soon.

Source: The Korea Herald

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