The Gear S2 has had a pretty successful run for Samsung, but like any other piece of technology, there’s certainly something being prepared to take its place. In this case, Samsung is working on a new smartwatch that’s being called Solis that will very likely end up being the Gear S3.
The next Gear watch probably won’t have too many surprises for it, since the rumor indicates that it’s going to be a rounded watch running Tizen, not Android Wear, and it will come with several models to support mobile carrier connectivity. It’s hard to expect anything else, considering Samsung did a fine job with the Gear S2.
The decision to stick to Tizen is a little disappointing, especially after everything that Google has revealed about Android Wear 2.0. With that being said, Samsung has been bouncing around ideas for Tizen for years and they’ve found a recipe for success by using it in smartwatches, while their few Android Wear offerings have fallen flat.
There’s no word on what kind of hardware to expect in Solis, but it will obviously be an upgrade from the Gear S2. A bigger screen with a smaller bezel is a possibility, and better battery life is probably on the priority list.
Smartwatches are still very much in their infancy, so it’s tough to predict which way development will go. Samsung is no stranger to throwing ideas at a wall, especially with new devices, so hopefully whatever comes out of the Solis watch will be exciting.