The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is nearly official, and Samsung is set to update its smartwatch range with its biggest update yet.
To catch you up, Samsung’s next smartwatch has widely leaked, and looks set to be called the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3. No, you didn’t miss a generation, but it looks like Samsung will skip on to Watch 3 to avoid confusion with the Galaxy Watch Active 2.
But it’s still unclear when we will see a release date for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, and there are conflicting reports.
Initial suspicions was that it would arrive at the Galaxy Note Unpacked event on 5 August.
However, Tizenhelp has since reported that the smartwatch may gets its own reveal on 22 July.
There’s no credible source for either of these – so watch this space.
We’ve been writing about the Galaxy Watch 3 since the first rumors emerged, so here we’ve collated every piece of confirmed information, every leak and every rumor together into one place.
Galaxy Watch 3 design
We know that the new Galaxy Watch is set to shrink in size to 41mm and 45mm case sizes, packs in GPS, heart rate.
The original Samsung Galaxy Watch came in 42mm and 46mm sizes – so this is a significant reduction in size.
And there are set to be a series of different skews in addition to the two different sizes.
We’re set to see silver and black stainless steel cases, and the 41mm version will have a bronze/gold finish.
The larger 45mm will also come in a black titanium case option.
And each will have Bluetooth (standard) and LTE editions – except the titanium.
The full list of rumored editions can be found below:
- 45mm Black Titanium Bluetooth
- 45mm Black Stainless Steel BT
- 45mm Black SS LTE
- 45mm Silver SS BT
- 45mm Silver SS LTE
- 41mm Silver SS BT
- 41mm Silver SS LTE
- 41mm Bronze/Gold SS BT
- 41mm Bronze/Gold SS LTE
Galaxy Watch 3: Specs
Image credit: EVleaks
From the FCC filings we have a pretty clear idea of the main features of the Galaxy Watch 3.
There’s alleged to be a 360×360 OLED screen, which we’re expecting to really pack a punch as Samsung wearables always do.
The smartwatch will feature GPS built in for the accurate tracking of outdoor workouts, such as running and cycling. GPS is also required to get biometric data such as VO2 Max.
One of the favourite features of the original Galaxy Watch was the rotating bezel used to for tactile control of the circular Tizen interface. It looks to have made the cut for the Galaxy Watch 3, but there’s no official word yet.
There’s a heart rate sensor included underneath, and we’re expecting this to also measure ECG and blood pressure. These are already features on the Galaxy Watch Active 2, but haven’t received certification outside of South Korea as yet.
It looks to still be Tizen OS powering the whole thing, which means we should expect a couple of days battery life at most. That’s in line with the Apple Watch, its main competitor, but lags new entries like the Huawei Watch GT2e.
The battery inside is a 247 mAh for the 41mm version and a bigger 340 mAh one for the 45mm.
Watch face and complications
And ahead of the launch we’ve got a good idea of the watch faces on offer, and you can see many of the leaked ones below.
And there will be backgrounds, some of which have leaked in the thread below, with Max Weinbach calling it a “huge update for Tizen with One UI 2.”
Remember that new weather app I was talking about on the Galaxy Watch 3? Well, it turns out it’s a watch face! The background should change depending on the weather around you.
New tidbits of information seem to be landing daily, so check back for more information as we’ll be keeping this page updated from now on.