The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is coming soon, and we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Samsung's next-gen smartwatch based on leaks and evidence up to this point.
In our Samsung Galaxy Watch review, we raved about its stylish design, solid fitness features and four-day battery life. Although we generally prefer the watchOS platform on the Apple Watch, Tizen has improved to become a worthy competitor and we're excited to see it on a new device.
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Display: 1.2 inches/1.4 inches Size: 41 x 42.5 x 11.3 mm/45 x 46.2 x 11.1 mm RAM: 1GB Storage: 8GB Battery: 247 mAh / 340 mAh Water/dust resistance: IP68 OS: Tizen 5.5 Features: pulse-reading, ECG, blood pressure monitoring Samsung’s first smartwatch debuted in summer 2018 and has not received a direct refresh since. The company has launched the fitness-minded Samsung Galaxy Watch Active in the interim, even coming out with a sequel in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. So the lifestyle-focused Galaxy Watch is long overdue for a face lift, and will be reportedly be called the Galaxy Watch 3 to avoid confusion with the Watch Active 2. The first Galaxy Watch was once one of the best smartwatches we’ve tested, and a new version with beefed up specs could challenge the Apple Watch Series 5. Some signs point to the Galaxy Watch 3 arriving alongside the Galaxy Note 20 in late summer. If that's the case, it would set up a showdown the Apple Watch 6, which is expected this fall. It could come sooner, though, if new FCC filings are any indication. Here’s what else we know so far about the Galaxy Watch 3, including leaks and rumors about its release date, features and more. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 release date Right now it's hard to nail down the Galaxy Watch 3’s release date. The latest Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 release date news we've heard say it's coming in July. If that's the case, we could learn about the new smartwatch within a few weeks. Samsung could also show off its new smartwatch at its next Note Unpacked event on August 5, where the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 are expected to launch. Wearable devices recently spotted on a Chinese regulator's website suggest the launch is happening soon. Listings for two different Samsung Watch models were found by MySmartPrice (via SamMobile). Two Galaxy Watch models have received FCC certification as of May 28 as well. Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 debuted 4 days after it received an FCC certificate last summer. There's no guarantee the company is ready to take its newest wearable to market.
The first Galaxy Watch started at $329 and maxed out at $400 for the LTE model. We’d guess the Galaxy Watch 3 will cost at least as much, if not more. For context, the Apple Watch Series 5 starts at $399.
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We have a good sense of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 design due to leaked images that reveal some key elements.
It will feature the rotating bezel like the original Galaxy Watch. When we reviewed it, we found the rotating bezel clever and useful. Spinning the dial proved a great alternative to swiping or trying to poke at something on Samsung's Tizen OS with our finger. For example, we could rotate the dial, which has a satisfying clicking mechanism, to navigate between menu screens. According to a FCC certificate, the Galaxy Watch 3 will also come in a 45-millimeter stainless steel case, Gorilla Glass DX display, 5ATM rating water resistance, military standard durability and on-board GPS. Newer leaks sourced by SamMobile revealed there will be a 41mm and 45mm version of the watch, which will have larger displays but a smaller overall size than the original version. It also confirmed the case materials, which will be stainless steel or titanium depending on the model.