Samsung Galaxy Watch is all but confirmed as the name of the company’s latest smartwatch to take on the Apple Watch, Fitbit Ionic and others. And the confirmation? It comes from Samsung itself on its own website! This was first reported by Scott Stein at CNET.
Samsung’s commitment to smart watches has been steady and solid from its initial Samsung Galaxy Gear in 2013 through several iterations with long, rectangular watch faces to the most recent models with circular displays.
But the Samsung Galaxy Watch is different. First of all, nearly all the smartwatches have used the word Gear but not Galaxy, so the naming convention change indicates some big differences, possibly.
Second, it’s been widely tipped from various sources.
So what do we know?
You can read Scott’s original tweet in full here.
Galaxy means something
I’m going to stick my neck out here: this is a Galaxy, not a Gear, and I think that means it’s going to be powered by Wear OS, the Google wearables operating system formerly known as Android Wear.
After all, the first smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, used Android but then switched to Samsung’s own Tizen OS and all Samsung watches since have used the word Gear and the operating system Tizen. Surely it can’t be a coincidence that Samsung is moving back to using Galaxy in the name and not Gear? There have been rumors that a Wear OS watch was coming. This could be it.
It’s coming in Rose Gold
The Samsung website pictured the new watch alongside the current Gear S2 – the listing has now been completely removed from the site – and it looks elegant and classy in rose gold. It looks more upmarket than the S2 alongside, suggesting this will be more like the Gear S3 and less like a fitness tracker. Even the watch face is classic rather than the modern S2 Sport
It has a round face
Again, the website picture confirms that Samsung is continuing with its circular styling for its watches. Since Wear OS works with circular faces, it supports the idea that this will be a Wear OS watch. Though, to be fair, Tizen is compatible with round watch faces.
It comes in 42mm size, maybe other sizes, with Bluetooth
The final details from the website are that the watch will come with Bluetooth. It’s sitting alongside a Gear S2 which works on AT&T. So the jury is out as to whether the new watch will be Bluetooth only or come in a cellular variant. My belief is that cellular will happen. And the case size is 42mm, the same as the larger Apple Watch. The fact that this is stipulated on the site suggests that there will be another size. After all, if not, why specify the size?
It’s coming soon – when and for how much
All hints point to Samsung announcing its latest wearable alongside the new Galaxy Note phone, as happened with last year when the gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro were revealed with the Note 8.
Since the Galaxy Note 9 is to be announced in a big event in New York on August 9, I’d bet that’s when the new watch will be outed, too.
As for price, the Gear S3 Frontier is currently $349.99 to $399.99 in its cellular-capable version, so I’d expect it to be around the same price, though likely cheaper if it’s Bluetooth only.
Since August 9 is only just over two weeks away, expect more details to leak out, leading up to the big Manhattan reveal.
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