The Samsung Galaxy Watch is one among our favourite wearables. In reality, on the time of writing it tops our greatest smartwatch listing, nevertheless it’s additionally arising on a 12 months previous, so it’s nearly due an replace.
Not solely that, however we’ve heard rumors of a brand new mannequin and even have a good suggestion of when it would arrive.
Under you’ll discover all of the leaks and information that we’ve heard to this point and additional down there’s a want listing of all of the issues we would like from the Galaxy Watch 2, to make it a worthy improve and an actual rival to not simply the Apple Watch 4, but in addition the inevitable Apple Watch 5.
Reduce to the chase
- What’s it? Samsung’s subsequent flagship smartwatch
- When is it out? Presumably August 7
- What’s going to it value? Seemingly at the least $329 / £279 / AU$499
Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 launch date and worth
Our greatest guess for the discharge date of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 is alongside the Samsung Galaxy Notice 10 on August 7.
For one factor, the unique Galaxy Watch was launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy Notice 9, however past that Samsung has advised that we’ll see gadgets past a telephone on the launch occasion. It hasn’t particularly named the Galaxy Watch 2, nevertheless it’s an apparent candidate.
Plus, leaked timeline paperwork additionally counsel the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 will land in quarter Three of 2019, which means any time between now and the top of September, so August 7 would comfortably match inside that.
As for worth, there aren’t any rumors there, however the unique Galaxy Watch began at $329 / £279 / AU$499 (for the smaller 42mm model), so the Galaxy Watch 2 will most likely value at the least that a lot.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 information and leaks
There aren’t many Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 rumors but, however one supply means that the wearable will are available in two completely different sizes – a 44mm one and a 40mm one.
The unique Galaxy Watch additionally got here in two sizes, however they had been 46mm and 42mm, so if true then the Galaxy Watch 2 might need been shrunk down a little bit, which isn’t any unhealthy factor, as the unique was a hefty system within the bigger dimension.
It has additionally been reported that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 is codenamed ‘Renaissance’. One definition of that’s ‘rebirth’ or ‘revival’, which – whereas we is likely to be studying an excessive amount of into the title – might counsel large adjustments are coming to the design or options of the watch.
We’ve additionally heard some rumors in regards to the Samsung Galaxy Watch Lively 2, which we point out right here as a result of it’s attainable that the rumored options might truly be headed for the usual Galaxy Watch 2 as properly or as an alternative, particularly as the unique Galaxy Watch Lively didn’t launch all that way back, so we wouldn’t actually anticipate a brand new mannequin for some time.
Probably the most thrilling Galaxy Watch Lively 2 rumor is that it’s going to have an ECG (electrocardiogram), a characteristic which might let it monitor your coronary heart’s rhythm and warn you to attainable atrial fibrillation. In different phrases, it may very well be a life-saving characteristic.
It’s one thing the Apple Watch Four already gives, so it will make sense for Samsung to launch a rival system.
The identical supply suggests fall detection might additionally come to the Galaxy Watch Lively 2. That is one other characteristic we’ve beforehand seen on the Apple Watch 4, and it will apparently allow you to name emergency companies with a single faucet if it detects a fall, and if the wearer doesn’t name or cancel the alert after a set interval, it will robotically place the decision, in addition to sending a message to their emergency contacts.
We’ve additionally seen leaked pictures supposedly exhibiting the Samsung Galaxy Watch Lively 2, and so they come full with some specs.
The design itself seems to be similar to the unique Galaxy Watch Lively, simply with a barely completely different look to the ability and again buttons.
The specs are extra fascinating although, with the wearable apparently coming in 40mm and 44mm sizes (as has been rumored for the usual Galaxy Watch 2 above), in addition to apparently coming in each LTE and Wi-Fi-only varieties.
The LTE mannequin supposedly has a 340mAh battery, whereas the Wi-Fi model is claimed to be 237mAh. This info most likely does genuinely seek advice from the Galaxy Watch Lively 2, quite than the Galaxy Watch 2, assuming it’s correct, because the design is nearer to the Watch Lively, and people battery sizes could be a downgrade on the 472mAh of the 46mm Galaxy Watch.
Nonetheless, with the rumored sizing of the Galaxy Watch 2 and Watch Lively 2 being the identical it appears Samsung is likely to be seeking to deliver the 2 ranges nearer collectively.
Lastly, within the realms of unlikely however attainable options, there’s a patent (noticed by Patently Cellular) for a Samsung wearable with a physique composition characteristic that may use electrodes constructed into the strap to measure physique fats proportion.
We doubt we’ll see this on the Galaxy Watch 2 although, as that isn’t particularly named within the patent, and patents typically take a very long time to show into merchandise – in the event that they ever do.
What we need to see
Whereas we don’t know an enormous quantity in regards to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 but, we do know what we would like from it.
1. Extra third-party apps
The Samsung Galaxy Watch runs Tizen, quite than one of many big-name wearable working methods, and one draw back of that’s that there are fewer apps obtainable than you’ll discover on Put on OS or watchOS.
So by the point Samsung launches the Galaxy Watch 2 we’d prefer to have seen it work with builders to get extra apps on the platform, particularly large title ones.
2. Higher stress monitoring
The Samsung Galaxy Watch tracks loads of issues and largely does a superb job, however stress monitoring is unquestionably a weak hyperlink.
Whereas it’s obtainable, it required us to manually measure our stress ranges quite than monitoring them robotically in our checks (regardless of claiming that it will possibly do it robotically), and its accuracy may very well be questionable, because the knowledge appears largely based mostly simply on coronary heart price. So we’d prefer to see this characteristic overhauled for the following mannequin.
3. Group challenges
Competing with buddies could be a large motivator to get extra lively and handily the Samsung Galaxy Watch helps you to do that. Your pals don’t even want a Galaxy Watch of their very own – a Gear watch or the Samsung Well being app will do exactly superb.
Nonetheless, you possibly can solely problem buddies individually, quite than having a gaggle competitors. It looks as if this may be an apparent and straightforward characteristic so as to add, so hopefully Samsung will.
4. Compatibility with extra wi-fi chargers
The Samsung Galaxy Watch prices wirelessly, however not simply any wi-fi charger will do, you want a proprietary one which comes with it. That is inconvenient and for those who’re ever with out your charger means you’re more likely to quickly have a lifeless watch (although the Galaxy Watch at the least has good battery life).
So for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 we would like it to work with commonplace, on a regular basis wi-fi chargers. That method for those who’re on the workplace or a pal’s home with out yours there’s at the least an opportunity somebody can have one you possibly can borrow.
5. Huge enhancements to Bixby
One other draw back of utilizing Tizen quite than Put on OS is that the Samsung Galaxy Watch is reliant on Bixby quite than Google Assistant.
This can be a downside, as a result of Bixby is nowhere close to pretty much as good as Google Assistant (or Siri or Alexa for that matter), with one notably main problem being that it merely struggles to know us on the Galaxy Watch.
When you don’t have to make use of Bixby to work together with the Galaxy Watch, it has the potential to be a serious characteristic, however till it will get quite a bit higher it gained’t be.
6. An ECG
One of many large new options Apple added for the Apple Watch Four was an ECG, a characteristic that lets it examine for atrial fibrillation.
It’s a serious improve and one we’d like to see Samsung match with its rival system. There have been rumors of simply such a characteristic, so this will likely properly occur both on the Galaxy Watch 2 or the Galaxy Watch Lively 2.
7. Wider LTE availability
There are variations of the Samsung Galaxy Watch that assist LTE, however solely on choose networks, which gained’t swimsuit everybody. For the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 we’d prefer to see an LTE mannequin obtainable on roughly all networks, so it’s an choice for everybody.