The Gear S4, otherwise known as the next device in Samsung’s Gear wearable range, is dead. At least, that’s according to recent leaks, which suggest that the firm’s next smartwatch will be called the Galaxy Watch, a detail that was confirmed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last month.
Here’s what we know about it.
Galaxy Watch or Gear S4: What is Samsung’s next smartwatch called?
When a manufacturer sends new hardware over to the Federal Communications Commision, it has to include a diagram showing where the FCC ID will be located should the agent approve the device for sale on the open market – and the one Samsung submitted confirmed that the Gear S4 will, in fact, be known as the Galaxy Watch when it hits the shelves.
It later surfaced on Samsung’s website with the same branding.
Galaxy Watch Specs: Does it bring any new features to the table?
Name aside, Samsung has been granted permission to launch the Galaxy Watch in Canada and the United States, where it will work with the local LTE service – Bell, Rogers and Telus in the former and AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon in the latter – and Wi-Fi, according to documentation hosted on the Federal Communications Commission’s online database.
The paperwork also states that the Galaxy Watch will be offered in two sizes – one measuring in at 1.19-inches and the other at 1.3-inches. It’s rumoured to come with a 470mAh battery – up from 380mAh on last year’s Gear S3.
Last month, SamMobile revealed that the upcoming Galaxy Watch will run Tizen 4.0, Samsung’s in-house operating system, instead of Google’s Wear OS – something reliable tipster Evan Blass later corroborated – so it can base the entire user experience around its love-it-or-loathe-it Bixby virtual assistant, as well as its SmartThings smart home platform.
Galaxy Watch Release Date: When will it be announced?
Samsung has scheduled a conference ahead of IFA on August 30, where it’s rumoured to announce the Galaxy Watch, alongside its long-rumoured, Bixby-driven Amazon Echo competitor – though that’s far from confirmed.