It's been a year and a half since Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch, a real smartwatch with the signature rotating bezel that we love. In the meantime, there was the Galaxy Watch Active and the Galaxy Watch Active 2, and now there is a rumor that a Galaxy Watch 3 will soon be on the way. Will we see it at the company's next Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event?
The device was first discovered by the Federal Communications Commission with SM-R8xx model numbers in various variants. A diagram sent to the FCC showed the name of the Galaxy Watch without a number. According to XDA-Developers, an image in the latest Galaxy Wearable app appears to have the "Galaxy Watch 3" label.
Samsung has submitted six different models of the next Galaxy Watch to the FCC. There are the SM-R840 and SM-R850, which are probably two different sizes of the bezel – 41 mm for the smaller watch and 45 mm for the larger one. Each device is available in both standard and SM-R-X and SM-R-5X versions (i.e., SM-R840X, SM-R855X). These probably stand for Wi-Fi versions and versions with a cellular connection and possibly also for a deluxe titanium edition. Samsung is unlikely to offer 5G connectivity because the power needs drain a wearable too quickly.
A return to Galaxy Watch branding, which will hopefully leave the name "Active" behind, means a return of the rotating bezel, which has been a trademark of Samsung's wearables since the Galaxy S2 watch. The latest Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a new ECG sensor (electrocardiogram) and blood pressure monitoring. We would be happy if these functions are also available for the next Galaxy Watch 3. We naturally hope that the shelf life will be preserved. Connectivity and first-class screen of the last Galaxy smartwatches from Samsung.
Digital detectives at XDA Developers examined the code behind a new Galaxy Watch 3 plugin app and discovered several new functions for the upcoming smartwatch.
Apparently hand gestures come to the Galaxy Watch 3, where carriers can answer calls with clenched and clenched fists and ignore calls by shaking hands.
Samsung should also add a fall detection to the Galaxy Watch 3. The upcoming device will send an SMS to the wearer's location and a five-second audio recording to emergency contacts if there is no response for 60 seconds after a fall
Recent leaked images suggest that the next Galaxy Watch 3 comes close to the classic design of the Galaxy S2 watch. A loudspeaker that gets past “Sal” and runs a productive TechTalkTV YouTube channel has posted pictures of the actual Galaxy Watch 3 hardware with active screens. We should note that the hardware goes through many design phases before launch and it is not uncommon for new technologies to run in old devices during the test phase.
By searching the code behind the upcoming plugin app, XDA developers discovered a number of new watch faces. You can see them all here.
Price and release date
We can argue with Samsung's decision to skip the Galaxy Watch 2 name, but why bother? The Galaxy brand was originally Samsung's exclusive Android branding, and an Android version was running on the original Galaxy Gear until Samsung "updated" the device with a new proprietary operating system. The galaxy was dropped for the Gear 2 watch, and then the numbers started over with the Gear S family.
The new Galaxy Watch 3 doesn't run on Android and isn't really the third Galaxy Watch – but that's the least interesting thing. We hope to learn more details about the device at the upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event on August 5th, including what it will cost and when it will be released.
Update: The new leaks from TechTalkTV have been added