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Exclusive: Samsung’s next Galaxy Watch has double the storage at 8GB

Samsung followed up the excellent Galaxy Watch – its last with a physical rotating bezel – with the Galaxy Watch Active in 2019. It ditched the physical rotating bezel but Samsung struck a compromise with the Galaxy Watch Active 2, that arrived merely six months after its predecessor. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a digital rotating bezel, it’s not quite the same as the physical bezel, but it gets the job done.

It first emerged two weeks ago that Samsung is working on a new Galaxy Watch. Now, it’s unclear whether it’s going to be launched as the Galaxy Watch 2 or as the Galaxy Watch Active 3. What we do hear is that it’s going to double the internal storage from 4GB on the existing models to 8GB. Given how Samsung is shaking up its device branding this year, who knows, the next smartwatch may be called something else entirely.

The new Galaxy Watch will have double the internal storage

What’s clear at this point in time is that there is definitely a new smartwatch in the pipeline and it bears model numbers SM-R840/845 and SM-R850/855. There will be two sizes on offer, but it remains to be seen if we’ll be given the same 40mm and 44mm options as the Galaxy Watch Active 2, or Samsung is going to increase the sizes. There’s going to be a cellular variant for each model as well. They’ll most definitely be LTE-enabled.

However, given Samsung’s focus on 5G this year, will they end up being the world’s first 5G smartwatches? We’re just speculating here, and it might seem like total overkill to have 5G on a smartwatch, but someone has to claim those bragging rights.

The entire lineup will have 8GB of internal storage, double that of Samsung’s most recent smartwatches. The added storage will allow users to have more apps on the smartwatch and even store more local music, something those who don’t buy the cellular model will certainly appreciate. We can expect the new smartwatch to come with updated internals and several new software features. A recent report also revealed that the SM-R840 will feature a 330mAh battery, bigger than the 247mAh one on the 40mm Galaxy Watch Active 2.

We do hear that this new smartwatch is very early in the development cycle at this stage. Don’t expect it to be unveiled at Samsung’s Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Z Flip launch event on February 11. Given the scale of leaks this year, if it was on the docket, it would have been fully leaked by now. It’s much more likely that Samsung is keeping its next smartwatch for the second half of this year so expect it to arrive alongside the Galaxy Note 20.

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preime101
preime101

“The added storage will allow users to have more apps on the smartwatch” – given even the current storage would allow you to install pretty much every app in the galaxy watch app store at present, this isn’t really an issue 🙂

nathantesta
nathantesta

Still a far cry from the 32GB available on the Apple Watch Series 5.

Abhijeet M.
Abhijeet M.

But an upgrade for Samsung’s smartwatch lineup.

Gunter2
Gunter2

Yes, but it doesn’t look like my daughters ToysRus watch and it has a battery that isn’t dead before you get home from the office. Much better to have something that lasts a few days. Plus, do you know how much music you can store in there? You can get 400 music tracks on the 2.5 gigs free on the existing Galaxy watches, that’s enough to get the anyone through a few workouts! The new one will hold at least 3,000. That’s more than 8 days listening 24 hours a day and not hear the same song twice. Most Apple… Read more »

nathantesta
nathantesta

How the Apple Watch or Galaxy Watch Active 2 looks is really subjective, I dont mind the look of either, in terms of music storage the GWA2 is so limited, Bixby is useless in Australia when asking to pull up a song that is not stored on the watch, bluetooth connections when running are woeful (GWA2 + Galaxy Buds) with pauses and dropouts and the battery life is abysmal when running with GPS, 4G and streaming music, I can drain the battery down to single digit percentages wile the Apple Watch doing the same thing finishes with 60-70% charge. The… Read more »

JSH1973
JSH1973

50mm and slightly curved screen

Lightshark12
Lightshark12

Still hope for physical bezel and mst. Make it happen, big S))

Wizky911
Wizky911

PLEASEEEE or I’ll never get rid of my Gear S3. MST!

Gunter2
Gunter2

I did keep my S3 for 3 years for MST, but had to accept that it just isn’t coming back. During the 3 yrs I had mine that MST has almost completely disappeared in my city. Went from using it about 10 times a week in smaller shops to maybe once a month. None of the supermarkets, clothing stores, restaurants are using it anymore. They won’t support older tech on new watches unfortunately. Such is life.