Apple Watch Series 3 To Get Competition From Samsung Gear S4

Daryl Deino

Since the release of the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple's smartwatch has been the go-to wrist device. Things have certainly improved for Apple since 2015, when the first Apple Watch flopped (relatively speaking). Three years later, it looks like Apple has proven the skeptics wrong.

David Phelan of Forbes notes that the Watch sold 8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017. According to Mac Rumors, the Watch outsold all competing smartwatch devices together last year.

"The research firm says one in every five wearables shipped last quarter was an Apple Watch, on the strength of new Series 3 models launched in September."

TechRadar says the new watch may include sleep tracking. In another article, the website claims that the Gear S4 could possibly have a camera (with optical zoom), a different type of strap, a display built into the bezel, and a built-in blood pressure monitor. This would certainly make the Gear S4 the futuristic watch that Dick Tracy fans have been dreaming about for years, but nothing has been confirmed.

Samsung released the Gear S3 two years ago, and it received mostly good reviews. Tom's Guide praised the durable design, the built-in LTE (which the Apple Watch Series 3 now offers), and the great voice control. However, the website didn't like the fact that the watch was too heavy. Like other reviews, Tom's Guide said that there is a lack of useful apps for Samsung's smartwatch.

"With its slick and durable design, GPS and optional LTE, the Gear S3 Frontier has all the makings of the best smartwatch ever — if only it had more apps," reads their final verdict on the watch.

Wearable also gave the Gear S3 three-and-a-half stars.

"The Gear S3 is destined to divide. After delivering us its best-ever smartwatch with the Gear S2, Samsung has sacrificed that sleek design to cram in more features. That bigger body has delivered better battery life, GPS and a screen where Tizen can really shine."