A wireless charger meant to be compatible with a Samsung-made wearable that’s believed to be the Gear S4 was certified by the Korean Radio Research Agency on Monday, revealing a number of details about the upcoming smartwatch lineup. The product identified by the regulator as “EP-YO805” confirms the Seoul-based manufacturer is sticking with wireless charging solutions for the next generation of its intelligent timepieces, in addition to confirming previous reports that one of the Gear S4 variants will bear the model number SM-R805. Previous rumors indicated another version will be identified as the SM-R800, with both being expected to offer 4G LTE capabilities, though Wi-Fi-only variants are also expected to be in the works.
The wireless charger accompanying the Gear S3-series devices came in the form of a cradle, and its successor is likely to follow suit. Samsung has been one of the first major consumer electronics manufacturers to embrace wireless charging across the board, having already done so in the mobile segment as all of its contemporary Android handsets support such solutions. Recent rumors also indicate the Gear S4 lineup will feature 480mAh batteries, a significant improvement over the Galaxy S3 Classic and Frontier which featured 380mAh cells. It remains to be seen whether a larger-capacity battery also leads to longer charging times or if Samsung improved its technology over the last two years and can still deliver a wearable that can go from zero to 100-percent battery capacity in some two hours.
The new device duo will be offered in silver and black color options, whereas the more premium model will also be available with a gold finish, industry insiders claimed earlier this month. The Gear S3 line is nearly two years old now and hasn’t had a direct successor, with 2017 only seeing the release of the Gear Sport, a more activity-oriented offering primarily catering to people on the lookout for a more advanced fitness tracker. A number of insiders recently indicated the Gear S4 may end up being announced alongside the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9, whereas older rumors pointed to a later launch meant to come at Berlin, Germany-based IFA.