The name of the next major release of smartwatch from Samsung has been confirmed. The original Samsung Galaxy Gear appeared in 2013, followed by the Gear 2, Gear S and Gear Live in 2014. The Gear 3 was released in 2016, followed later by the more affordable Gear Sport in 2017. In 2018, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Watch and in 2019, two versions of Galaxy Watch Active arrived. A device codenamed SM-R58FF appeared in Thailand in the MySmartPrice website. It is the Galaxy Watch 3, available in black and white version. There’s no doubt that it will be Samsung’s next major smartwatch model. The Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission in Thailand confirms that it’s an LTE-enabled model, measuring at 41mm in diameter. Previously, the US Federal Communications Commission revealed that a smartwatch model, codenamed SM-R845 has a 45mm case.
The original Galaxy Watch came in two versions, the 46mm and 42mm models, so there’s nothing ground-breaking in terms of physical size. We could be hopeful that the Galaxy Watch 3 will have rotating bezel, so it would be less bulky compared to the original Galaxy Watch. Features of the Galaxy Watch 3 are also divulged. It will be compatible for pairing with Android and iOS devices. There three material options, aluminium, stainless steel and titanium. With MIL-STD-810G standards, 5 atm water resistance and Gorilla Glass DX protection, the Galaxy Watch 3 should be quite durable. Other than the support for 4G connectivity, there’s also integrated GPS functionality. The 8GB internal storage should be adequate for most purposes. The 330mAh battery isn’t particularly impressive, especially because the original Galaxy Watch had 472mAh battery that could last 7 days on a single charge. It means that the Galaxy Watch 3 may last only for around 5 days. With casual uses, it may be adequate for workdays in a week.
It’s not known what processor that Samsung would use for its new smartwatch, but all of its previous models, starting from the original Galaxy Watch use the proprietary Exynos 9110 dual-core SoC. For a smartwatch, it’s fast enough. There’s a likelihood that the Galaxy Watch 3 will use a newer processor, but we won’t be too surprised to see the same SoC again. The Galaxy Watch 2 Active has enough processing power and we can zoom around the user interface quite easily. Another thing we could expect that the Galaxy Watch 3 will use Tizen 4.0 operating system and the One UI overlay. The Galaxy Watch 2 Active has a rotating dial, so it’s easier to sift through notifications and apps. Again, we could expect that similar feature will be introduced on the Galaxy Watch 3. Smooth integration with various Samsung Galaxy smartphone models, iPhone and Android devices from other manufacturers is guaranteed.
Unfortunately, unlike Android, Tizen hasn’t really gotten much in the way of apps from 3rd party developers. Even so, casual users should still find the smartwatch useful enough with map, calorie counter, flashlight and other apps. Compared to watchOS and Wear OS, it seems that Tizen OS is still behind in terms of interactivity.