Samsung’s as-yet-unannounced Gear S4 smartwatch has now been spotted by the source at the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), indicating that the Korean tech company may be preparing its device for launch. There aren’t many details to be gleaned from the regulatory agency’s site, but the listing does contain at least one noteworthy point. Specifically, it shows no fewer than four different model names associated with the presumed Samsung Gear S4. Those include the SM-R800, SM-R805, SM-R810, and SM-R815. Previous speculation hasn’t ruled out multiple variations on the wearable, as was noted with the Gear Sport, Frontier, and Classic versions of the watch’s predecessors. While the listing of four different model numbers doesn’t necessitate that those alternate configurations will be sold this time around, it could very well hint in that direction.
The Samsung Gear S4 is expected to launch alongside the company’s Galaxy Note 9. That’s currently expected and all but confirmed to be revealed on August 9. In the meantime, there are a few rumored changes from prior series entries and specs currently expected when the smartwatch is announced. For starters, the company is projected to be using a new system board building technique which the company calls its Panel Level Package. That’s a more efficient method for attaching the device’s chipset to the board in order to save space and improve processing while being less cost-intensive. The extra space could, if rumors hold true, give the company both a means to reduce its cost and to include a larger battery up to 470mAh. That’s a nearly 24-percent increase over the previous Gear power supply. Tizen OS will almost certainly be included as part of that package, rather than Google’s Android-based Wear OS.
There still aren’t many details available with regard to the rest of the smartwatch’s internals, as Samsung has managed to keep a much tighter lid on this device than some of its others. An LTE-enabled variant is reportedly being developed in the U.S. Since the country is a key market for the wearables, it would make sense that testing would be completed using the same networks it will eventually operate on. However, none of these rumors or expectations has been verified just yet, so it’s best to take them with a grain of salt.