Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 won’t be arriving by its lonesome self.
In addition to the new stylus-equipped Android smartphone, Samsung will likely also announce a new smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch Active 2, at its Unpacked event on Aug. 7.
Like the first-generation Galaxy Watch Active, the second-gen version will sport a round display with Samsung’s signature Tizen OS designed for circular displays.
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Details from the FCC filing also suggest the new smartwatch will be made of aluminum and measure about 40mm in diameter, which is the same size as the original. A stainless steel Galaxy Watch Active 2 is also listed so there may be a premium model this time.
Other specs the FCC has revealed about the upcoming smartwatch include: 4GB of storage, built-in GPS, and 5ATM water resistance (submergible in up to 164 feet of water for up to 10 minutes). The screen’s also made of super scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass DX+ and the device was stress tested for MIL-STD-810 military-grade toughness.
The biggest upgrade for the Galaxy Watch Active 2 might be its rumored touch-sensitive bezel. On the Galaxy Watch Active, Samsung removed the rotatable bezel found on its Galaxy Watch and Gear-branded smartwatches to achieve a smaller overall device volume.
While I didn’t lament the loss of the rotatable bezel, many other reviewers and consumers did. So, it looks like Samsung might have a compromise in the works. Instead of a mechanical bezel that rotates, the glass bezel around the screen is expected to be touch sensitive and allow for rotating gestures to work.
The Galaxy Watch Active launched starting at $200, far less than the $330 the Galaxy Watch costs. It’s unclear if the Galaxy Watch Active 2 will cost more or the same as the original.
As always, the big question will be whether or not the Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be able to take on the Apple Watch Series 4. Both are positioned as health-focused wearables and the Apple Watch is the leading smartwatch. Will Samsung finally be able to catch up? We’ll find out on Aug. 7!