The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is an outstanding smartwatch, rating excessive in our checklist of the best smartwatches cash can purchase, so in fact we’re excited to see what Samsung will do subsequent. The corporate is sort of definitely laborious at work on the Galaxy Watch 4 already, so hopefully we gained’t have to attend too lengthy to search out out.
Leaks and rumors have began rising, and also you’ll discover all of them under. Then additional down you may discover our want checklist of all the important thing enhancements that we would like from the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.
From options that really work on day one to a greater app scenario, there’s so much that may very well be improved for Samsung’s subsequent smartwatch, as you may see under.
We have additionally included an informed guess at once we’re more likely to see the Galaxy Watch 4 – and what it may cost a little.
Replace: A leaker claims that Samsung’s subsequent smartwatch might run Wear OS rather than Tizen.
Lower to the chase
- What’s it? The following top-end smartwatch from Samsung
- When is it out? Presumably August
- How a lot will it price? We’re unsure, however most likely so much
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 launch date and worth
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 was introduced on August 21 of 2020. There wasn’t a Galaxy Watch 2, however the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 was introduced on August 5 of 2019, and the unique Samsung Galaxy Watch was unveiled on August 9 of 2018.
With all that in thoughts it’s very probably that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 shall be introduced in August of this yr, although there aren’t any launch date rumors but, so we are able to’t be sure.
Every time it’s introduced, it can most likely be one other two weeks or so from then to when it’s truly launched, so don’t anticipate to have the Galaxy Watch 4 in your wrist earlier than late August.
As for what the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 may cost a little, there aren’t any rumors there but, but it surely would possibly effectively be much like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, which begins at $399 / £399 / AU$649 for the smaller 41mm mannequin, and $429 / £419 / AU$699 for the bigger 45mm one, with the value rising in each instances if you need LTE connectivity.
Information and leaks
Up to now there aren’t many Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 leaks, however one huge one is that it might run Wear OS fairly than Tizen. That comes from Ice Universe (a leaker with a good monitor report) who claims that Samsung’s “new watch” will swap to Android (presumably which means Put on OS).
After all, even when they’re proper they do not point out the Galaxy Watch 4 by title – it is attainable that the brand new watch in query may very well be a brand new Galaxy Watch Lively mannequin.
One rumor additionally suggests an upcoming Samsung Galaxy smartwatch will have a glucometer, for measuring the blood sugar of the wearer. It isn’t clear if that is for the Galaxy Watch 4 or Galaxy Watch Lively 3, or each.
Past all that, there are some things that we are able to predict. Based mostly on earlier fashions it’s probably that the Galaxy Watch 4 shall be out there in two totally different sizes, optionally include LTE, and in all instances include a coronary heart fee monitor, an ECG, GPS, and a round AMOLED display.
It would additionally nearly definitely include quite a lot of train and exercise monitoring options, together with a swim-safe construct.
What we wish to see
As glorious because the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is, there’s at all times room for enchancment, and we expect Samsung would do effectively to start out with the next 5 issues.
1. Higher battery life
Battery life is an issue with quite a lot of sensible units, and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is not any exception. Whereas its life isn’t horrible, it does want charging each two to 3 days in our exams.
Worse nonetheless, the scale of the battery and the life it delivers are each truly a step down from the unique Samsung Galaxy Watch, so for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 we wish to see a return to kind, with a battery that may go 4 to 5 days between fees.
That may be difficult whereas preserving the wearable slim, but when any firm can do it it’s one with the assets of Samsung.
2. A lower cost
With a beginning worth of $399 / £399 / AU$649 and a worth of $479 / £459 / AU$849 for a 45mm mannequin with LTE, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is much from low cost. In reality, its beginning worth is increased than that of an Apple Watch 6 in lots of areas, which appears extreme.
So for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 we would like a decrease beginning worth, maybe extra consistent with the unique Galaxy Watch, which began at $329 / £279. On the very least although we actually hope Samsung doesn’t additional push the value up.
3. ECG and SpO2 out of the field
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is packed filled with well being options, together with an ECG (electrocardiogram), blood strain monitoring, and an SpO2 monitor for detecting sleep apnea, however none of them had been out there in all areas at launch.
That’s as a result of these options every want certifying by regulatory our bodies in most international locations earlier than being activated in them, but it surely was a disgrace to have a premium product the place lots of its marketed options didn’t initially work.
So for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 we would like these options to nonetheless be included, however we would like all of them to be energetic in all places on day one.
4. Extra apps
For its Galaxy Watch wearables Samsung has opted to make use of Tizen, fairly than Put on OS. That’s not completely a nasty factor since Tizen has so much to love about it, however one space the place it struggles much more than Google’s smartwatch working system is apps.
In addition to solely providing a fairly restricted variety of apps, it additionally lacks a few of the most helpful smartwatch ones, akin to Google Maps.
We’d like to see this case in some way improved for the Galaxy Watch 4, whether or not it’s by Samsung in some way incentivizing builders to convey extra apps to its machine, or producing extra and higher apps of its personal to make up for the omissions.
5. A brand new chipset and extra RAM
Smartwatch specs don’t transfer on as quick as smartphone ones do, which is why the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 makes use of the identical chipset as the unique Galaxy Watch. Not solely that, but it surely additionally has much less RAM (at simply 1GB) than the LTE model of the primary Samsung Galaxy Watch.
Whereas efficiency is stable, it’s undoubtedly time Samsung improved each the chipset and RAM scenario, so we would like a brand new one of many former and no less than 1.5GB of the latter within the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.