Almost halfway through the year, we finally have some reports on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy smartwatches. The Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch Active 4 are said to feature similar designs as their predecessor but will equip new software and additional health features. That being said, let’s take a look at all the rumors and leaks surrounding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Watch & Active 4.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Watch Active 4 Rumors:
Starting with the design, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 will retain the design of its predecessor with a rotating bezel that has been synonymous with the lineup. On the other hand, the Watch Active 4 will still continue the bezel-less design. And yes, Samsung is ditching the Active 3 moniker to bring uniformity over the two lineups. Both of them will feature circular displays and won’t look radically different from their respective predecessor.
These watches will be available in the same color options as the upcoming Galaxy Fold 3 and Flip 3. The former will be available in Black and Green while the latter will be available in Black, White, Purple, and Green.
Blood glucose reading
Though the features were not readily available during the launch and are still limited to select regions, it cannot be overlooked that Samsung has included features like ECG and blood pressure monitoring in its smartwatches. And now, reports suggest it is bringing a new feature that will read user’s blood glucose level.
It will come in handy for diabetes patients. The details are scarce but rumors suggest that it will be technology-based on Raman Spectroscopy co-developed with MIT.
As with the ECG and blood pressure monitoring, this feature may not be available during the launch. It’s because these health-related features need to be approved by several authorities. Still, it’s good to see that Samsung is stacking more health features in its smartwatches, especially during this time of the pandemic. Though the sensors in smartwatches can’t replace medical equipment, they are great for reviewing your health status from home.
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Moving on from Tizen OS
Samsung has been using its in-house Tizen OS for its smart devices including smartwatches. The one complaint that users have with Tizen OS has been the third-party app support. It is nowhere near as extensive as Google’s Wear OS or Apple’s watchOS. This may be the reason that Samsung is considering ditching Tizen OS for Wear OS.
Samsung's new watch will use Android to replace Tizen.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) February 19, 2021
It may still sound far-fetched but there have been similar rumors about Samsung ditching its home-grown technology in favor of Google’s solution. In the past, Google has even paid brands to use their solution in their products. This could also be another reason if Samsung really decides to make the switch.
Likewise, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 will come with 240mAh and 350mAh batteries in the 41mm and 45mm variants. This is the same as the Galaxy Watch 3. For a change, the battery on the 41mm model will come from ATL. People are a little skeptical about this since it’s the same company behind the infamous Galaxy Note 7’s battery.
However, the company has provided batteries for newer models like the S21 series as well and there has been no issue with them. Also, we can expect Samsung to upgrade to a newer chip as the Exynos 9110 on Galaxy Watches has become monotonous.
Galaxy Watch, Watch Active 4 Expected Availability
According to IceUniverse, Samsung will launch the Galaxy Watch 4 and Active Watch 4 within the second quarter of 2021.
|Smartwatch model||Launch Date [Expected]|
|Galaxy Watch 4||Q2, 2021|
|Galaxy Watch Active 4|
- Meanwhile, check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3.