Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch reveal all but confirmed for IFA 2016


Samsung has sent out invitations for a second event just days before IFA 2016, and like a certain other recent Sammy invite, it reveals much about what’s in store.

Scheduled for August 31, this “mobile event” takes place a day before Samsung’s IFA press conference. Featured on the event’s invite is a blue circle with a minute and hour hand, clearly in the shape of a watch face. The hands are at its local start time of 6pm.

Below the watch, it reads “Talk about 3”, and at the very bottom of the invitation, it simply says “Gear”.

Samsung invite

Samsung is clearly teasing the Gear S3 smartwatch, indicating it’ll be announced at its pre-IFA shindig.

The company also took to Twitter to herald the watch’s reveal. “Stay tuned for a timely innovation. August 31. Berlin.” a tweet sent earlier this afternoon reads. Below is an GIF’d version of the invite you see above.

Note the website – we’ve asked Samsung for confirmation that it plans to stream the event, but it’s a safe bet you’ll be able to follow along with the action at home.

Gear multiplied

To recap: Samsung is holding two IFA-related events, one on August 31 and another on September 1. The invitations for both events feature elements of a watch, not to mention all but saying “Gear S3” on the invite for the first event.

Now, what’s curious is that the watch hands are different on both invitations. This could be a simple oversight, or it could point to Samsung unveiling more than one variant of the Gear S3. Or, it could mean Samsung is about to announce two completely different watches, one in the Gear family and one not.

Our money is on the middle option since the Gear S2 already comes in different styles – you may notice the watch hands on the invites are similar to the ones found on the standard Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic.

The Gear S3 is rumored to come in multiple flavors as well, though this time around it’s thought to include a third option. Buyers will reportedly be able to choose between Gear S3 Classic, Gear S3 Explorer and Gear S3 Frontier editions.

One last thing about the invite: while the watch face looks about as standard as they come, what is curious is the blue dot on the bottom, right around 8 o’clock. It doesn’t sync up with the look of the Gear S2, so could signal a new feature coming to the next-gen smartwatch.

We’ll be on the ground at IFA to bring you whatever Samsung has in store, including our hands-on impressions with however many Gear S3’s it decides to unveil.

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