• A new leak suggests that the upcoming Samsung Gear S4 could have a larger battery than the S3.
  • Another leak also suggests that there could be a gold variant of the watch, in addition to traditional black and silver colors.
  • It’s also possible that the Gear S4 might not be a Gear at all if Samsung is doing away with the branding.


The Samsung Gear S3 – the most recent watch in the line of Samsung wearables – got a great review here at Android Authority. However, the review was in 2016, when Samsung launched the watch, so we are overdue for some new Gear action.

Today, via trusted leaker “Ice Universe,” we have our first bits of information regarding the next iteration in the Gear line, likely to be called the Samsung Gear S4 (however, maybe not).

According to the leak, the next Samsung smartwatch will have a much larger battery than the S3 – a nearly 24 percent bigger battery. The S3’s battery has 380mAh of power, while the alleged power capability of the S4 will be 470mAh.

Granted, an increase like that isn’t going to make the battery last an extra day during regular use, but it might give you a few extra hours to stretch the time between charges.

Editor's Pick

In other Gear S4 news, via SamMobile, the Gear S4 could come in a third color variant: gold. The S3 came in only two colors – a dark gray called Frontier and a polished silver called Classic. It’s not clear if the S4 will also come in the same colors as the S3, nor is it known what the gold variant will be called. But more options are always nice!

Rumors abound that Samsung might be ditching the Gear moniker for devices, with trademarks filed for wearables that don’t feature the word Gear and the possibility that the next Gear VR unit might drop the Gear as well.

With that in mind, the next wearable from Samsung might not be the Gear S4 after all, but something entirely different. Either way, we can assume for now that the device will have a bigger battery and at least one new color option when it launches. Stay tuned for more updates.

NEXT: Is Samsung doing away with the Gear brand name?