Samsung’s next Galaxy Watch is nearly upon us, it seems. The original Galaxy Watch was released in August 2018. Since then, we’ve had the Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Watch Active2, but no successor to the original Watch. That’s about to change, because details of the next timepiece have just reached the FCC with a bunch of documents, which were submitted on Thursday, May 28 and have been spotted by Droid Life.
The documents tell us quite a lot, from model numbers to connectivity capabilities. There’s even a glimpse of the Watch itself, in drawing form. In a separate report, there’s a rumor that one of the most crowd-pleasing of features of the first Watch, absent on the two Active models in between, is going to make a comeback.
That feature is the widely-missed physical rotating bezel.
Here’s everything we know so far.
There are four models: SM-R845 and SM-R855, both with LTE and wi-fi connectivity, and SM-R840 and SM-R850 which are the same models but with wi-fi only. These model numbers are in the same numbering format as the Galaxy Watch Active2 which were R820 and R830.
How do we know it’s a Galaxy Watch?
An image filed with the FCC shows the back of the Watch in diagram form and it has the words Samsung Galaxy Watch circling the centre of the watch. So, that’s pretty clear. Note, though, that it doesn’t give any conclusive indication about naming: it could be called Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch 2 or something else without it saying this on the back of the watch itself.
It’ll come in two sizes, like the original watch. In this case, they’ll be 45mm and 41mm. For comparison, the original came in 46mm and 42mm sizes. My guess is the display could be as big as on the originals, if not bigger, but with less area outside the screen.
As Droid Life points out, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 filing reached the FCC on July 26, 2020 and the watch itself was announced just four days later on July 30. Companies like Samsung and Apple rarely like any outside company to have information before they share it themselves, so a reveal looks likely to be soon.
On the other hand, Samsung usually reveals its watch hardware at the time of the unveiling of its next Note smartphone. The Note 20 isn’t expected to be revealed until August, so it could be we’ll have to wait until then for the Watch, too.
That rotating bezel
The latest report from Sammobile claims that that popular rotating bezel from the first Galaxy Watch will make a welcome reappearance on the new model. The bezel was a great and innovative way to interact with the watch, and its omission from both the Active watches was disappointing to many – even though Active2 has a cute, touch-sensitive ring that works in a similar way. But the real thing is even better, many believe.
Other features expected to be on board, such as an ECG monitoring capability and blood-pressure monitoring, add to the reasons the Galaxy Watch is highly anticipated. Sammobile has previously suggested the next model will be available in a titanium finish, too.