This year's IFA is set to be as interesting and trendsetting as Mobile World Congress which took place earlier this year. While we covered rumours that Sony's next Xperia flagship is set for launch at IFA, news arrived today that Samsung will launch its Gear S3 smartwatch and Galaxy Tab S3 tablet at the event which will take place in September.
This isn't the first time that we've heard about Samsung planning to launch the Gear S3. Last month, Sammobile revealed that that the Gear S3, presently code-named Solis, will launch with a circular display given that the Spanish meaning of Solis is sun. Also, smartwatches like Samsung's own Gear S2 and the Moto 360 owe their popularity to their circular design which blend advanced smartwatch technology with classic watch designs.
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At the moment, Solis is being developed in the form of five different variants, namely named SM-R760, SM-R765, SM-R770, SM-R765V, and SM-R765S. Sammobile speculates that two of these models will be carrier variants and will launch with SIM-support. Sadly, there are no leaked images or specifications available in the web which could give us an indication about the capabilities of Solis or how it will look like.
It was also leaked back in May that the Gear S3, along with other Samsung wearables which will be launched in the near future, will feature Samsung's home-grown Tizen OS instead of Android Wear. Given that Samsung's recent track record on wearables may suggest that the company is slowly but surely moving away from Android Wear, a few company executives told Fast Company recently that no Android Wear devices are currently in development or being planned by Samsung. They said that this is because Tizen OS offers far better battery efficiency than Android Wear, making Samsung's wearables last longer.
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A recent report from Sammobile also revealed that Samsung may also launch Galaxy Tab S3 tablet at IFA along with the Gear S3. The existing Galaxy Tab S2 was launched in July of last year and it is possible that its successor will launch either in August with Galaxy Note 7 or in September at the IFA event. As of now, there have been no leaks or rumours on what the Galaxy Tab S3 will feature or will look like and we suspect if Samsung will even launch it this year, given that the company has already launched a larger Galaxy Tab Pro S as well as Galaxy Tab 4 Advanced with premium specifications and features.