Samsung’s next smartwatch offering on the Tizen OS platform will be called the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active and the OS version running this wearable device will be Tizen 18.104.22.168. The internal code name for this watch is Pulse and goes with the moniker SM-R500. These details have been rumored before as well, but now it appears to be from a more reliable source. Samsung has been inconsistent with the naming of its smartwatches. While the earlier ones were called Gear S2 and S3, the 2017 release was called the Samsung Gear Sport and the 2018 release, simply the Samsung Galaxy Watch. This year it will be called the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active. Here’s what can be expected in terms of its specifications.
The Same Exynos 9110 Processor
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active (2019) or SM-R500 will sport a 1.3-inch circular display. The display resolution will be 360 x 360 pixels. The same Exynos 9110 chipset that was seen on the Samsung Galaxy Watch of last year will be fitted on the 2019 release too. If the chipset has received an upgrade in terms of performance will only be known later. This becomes important since Samsung has decided to go with a much lower 230 mAh battery on the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active (2019). Particularly, when you notice that the Gear Sport of 2017 had a 300 mAh battery, it sounds a bit odd. The charging is by the same 5V charger.
Some of the regular provisions like the Speaker, Microphone and LTE modem to communicate independent of the parent device etc. can all be expected to be available on the device. A host of sensors that include Accelerometer with linear acceleration, Ambient Light, Barometer, Gravity sensor, Gyroscope, Pedometer, Sleep monitor, Stress monitor, Wrist-up sensor are indicated as being present on-board this new watch. It could include the e-SIM capability since that makes it easier to handle for the users.
On the health care support, the heart rate monitor is said to be included in the device. The NFC feature to facilitate actions like Samsung Pay can also be expected to be regular features.
These details have been revealed through a developer who goes by the name ‘deadman96385’ and he has shared them, based on a firmware leak, with XDA Developers. A comparison of the upcoming watch is made with the Gear Sport model of 2017 by XDA.
Now there is very little confirmation on when Samsung will officially announce this new wearable. It could either be the February 20 event to launch the smartphones or at the MWC 2019.