25 July 2018
It has been rumored for quite some time now that Samsung is all set to rebrand its smartwatch lineup. It is said to release the next-gen smartwatch as Galaxy Watch and ditch the Gear S naming scheme. While this change was under speculation since it arrived first, the same has now been confirmed by Samsung itself.
As reported by CNET, Samsung accidentally made the Gear Watch listing live on its official website meant for the United States customers which has now been taken down. The listing showed the 42mm Galaxy Watch model in Rose Gold color variant. It mentioned the model number as SM-R810NZDAXAR which is in line with the previously reported SM-R8XX series. Even though the listing was only about the Bluetooth connectivity model, it is safe to say that there will be an LTE model as well.
The listing did not offer any other details about the Galaxy Watch except for revealing the design. In the first look, the design appears quite similar to the Gear S3 Classic. This means one should not expect drastic changes in the product design for the upcoming wearable.
If we talk about rumors and leaks so far, the Samsung Galaxy Watch is expected to arrive in 1.19-inch and 1.3-inch display size variants. Under the hood, it is likely to feature the Exynos 7 Dual series 7270 processor but it is not confirmed at the moment. Similarly, there is confusion over the software part. Some reports suggest it would be Google's Wear OS and some speculate that it would be Tizen 4.0.
Samsung has confirmed its next Galaxy Unpacked event for August 9th which is where we can expect it to get official. If it does not happen for any reason, then an IFA 2018 launch is definitely on the cards.