The next Samsung Galaxy Watch has snagged a certification from the Federal Communication’s Commission (FCC). The listing reveals some features we can look forward to.
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FCC Galaxy Watch 2 listing
The filing is for a devices with the monikers SM-R845 and SM-R855. These are expected to be the cellular variants of the watch so models with numbers SM-R840 and SM-R845 should also be in the works. Previously we were not sure if these were references to Watch Active 3 or Watch 2 but it is now clear that we are getting the latter. The original is well due for an upgrade as its a few years old now.
These types of filings are sometimes accompanied by pictures of the device, but not in this case. Instead we get a schematic which shows the underside of the watch.
The picture above is for a 41mm Galaxy Watch 2 variant but there’s also one with a 45mm screen. Which means the circular device will be slightly smaller than the current 46mm and 42mm options.
No-one really expected Samsung to move away from the circular design and it is even rumoured the device will retain the rotating bezel. To remind, this was dropped for Galaxy Watch Active 2. A stainless steel version can be see in the image but it is rumoured the timepiece will also be available in titanium and aluminium versions.
Other features which can be gathered from the filing include a 5 ATM water-resistance rating (down to depths of 50 meters), a heart rate monitor and Gorilla Glass DX screen protection. No big surprises there.
We are still yet to receive confirmation the watch will have 8GB of internal storage. If this turns out to be accurate, the device will have twice as much memory as the current range. Which is great news as it means more storage for apps and local music. Other rumours point to three colour options – black, silver and gold.
Galaxy Watch Active 2 will soon get some great new features. It has received clearance to monitor ECG and the watch will even be able to monitor blood pressure from the wrist. This last one is a biggie as there is no smartwatch from a big brand with the ability to do this via optical sensors. Hopefully all of this will land on Galaxy Watch 2, as well.
In terms of release date, it is most likely we will see an August unveiling alongside the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Fold 2. But considering the FCC certification is in the bag, don’t be surprised if we see the watch earlier.
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