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Samsung Said to be Preparing Curved Gear 3 for September Launch

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Samsung is said to be preparing yet another new addition to its Gear smartwatch lineup that could make its debut next month at IFA 2014 in Berlin. Dubbed the “Gear 3,” the device is expected to have a curved glass display much like the Gear Fit, and a built-in cellular radio.

Samsung has already launched a whole bunch of smartwatches this year. The Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit all made their debuts at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in February — while the Gear Live with Android Wear went on sale alongside the LG G Watch back in June. But if you thought that would be it for 2014, you can think again.

According to a source for Pocketnow, Samsung has a Gear 3 lined up for a September launch. Like the Gear Fit, it will have an AMOLED display that will be “slightly rectangular” and a little taller than the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo displays. It will have a “very pronounced curve to it… significantly more curved than the Gear Fit,” the report claims.

The Gear 3 is also expected to have a rectangular home button like Samsung’s smartphones, and it will be powered by Tizen. It’s thought this will be the first flagship Gear watch that will not have a built-in camera like its predecessors.

Pocketnow also reports that the Gear 3 will have a built-in cellular radio, like the rumored Gear Solo we’ve been hearing so much about in recent months. This would allow the device to receive notifications and fetch information without having to be connected to your smartphone.

It’s unclear whether the Gear Solo is still a part of Samsung’s plans, or whether this was simply the codename for the Gear 3, but it seems unlikely the South Korean company would need to launch two smartwatches with cellular connections alongside one another.

We should know more next month, according to Pocketnow’s source, who says Samsung could launch its new wearable at IFA.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...