Less than a year after the release of Galaxy Watch, the first details have emerged on its successor.
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Samsung unveiled the original device back in August last year. The timepiece represents a significant revamp on its Gear line. Galaxy Watch comes with LTE connectivity, comprehensive fitness smarts, GPS, water resistance and a price-tag to match. Few real surprises, though.
The company followed this up in February this year with a sportier version called Galaxy Watch Active. It was released along with two fitness bands, Galaxy Fit and a budget-friendly Galaxy Fit-e.
No we have the first info on Galaxy Watch 2. They come courtesy of some investigative work from the folks over at SamMobile.
So what do we know?
For one, that work on the second iteration is well under way. According to their sources, once again there will be two variants. A Wi-FI/Bluetooth-only version that comes under SM-R820 and SM-R830 monikers, and a LTE variant with model numbers SM-R825 and SM-R835. It remains to be seen if Samsung chooses to retain the size choices of its predecessor, 42mm and 46mm.
There may be a 5G variant
More interestingly, SamMobile says there may be a 5G variant for the US region. The model number is already known, SM-R827 and SM-R837. This would make it the first, or one of the first, smartwatches to support the fifth generation cellular network technology.
Samsung has plans to release at least two 5G phones in 2019. The Galaxy S10 5G has already seen the light of day in some countries, while Galaxy Fold is rumored to land by the end of this year. A smartwatch that taps into this next generation technology makes perfect sense.
Unfortunately there is no info on a possible release date. While 2019 remains a distinct possibility, our guess is that a post-spring 2020 unveiling is probably more likely.
Some color options for the watch are already known. You’ll be able to choose between black, silver, and gold at minimum. The only other info that is currently known is that the watches will carry 4GB of internal storage, the same as the current edition.
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