Samsung is rumored to launch another smartwatch soon: the Galaxy Watch 3. It’s expected to build on the original Galaxy Watch with a ton of new features and improvements here and there. Thanks to its fitness-tracking prowess, it’s placed in direct competition with the likes of the
That said, how will it fare against one of the most popular fitness smartwatches around? We compile the rumors surrounding the Galaxy Watch 3 so far to measure it against the
By the way, you might be wondering what happened to the Galaxy Watch 2. Why Samsung is going from the Galaxy Watch to the Galaxy Watch 3 is anyone’s guess. But the consensus is it’s trying to avoid confusing consumers with “Galaxy Watch 2” and “Galaxy Watch Active2.” At any rate, skipping the Galaxy Watch 2 moniker isn’t far-fetched, considering the Galaxy S10 did make the jump to the Galaxy S20.
As always, take these rumors with a grain of salt, including the specs below. Sure, there aren’t that many blanks to fill anymore, but nothing’s set in stone until Samsung makes it official.
Galaxy Watch 3 vs
Fitbit Versa 2 Comparison Chart
|Model||Samsung Galaxy Watch 3|
|Price||Starts at $399||Check Price on Amazon|
41mm: 1.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen with Gorilla Glass DX
45mm: 1.4-inch AMOLED touchscreen with Gorilla Glass DX
|1.4-inch AMOLED (300 x 300) touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 3|
|Controls||Buttons, rotating bezel||Buttons|
|Trackers/Sensors||Pedometer, altimeter, calorie burn, swim tracking, sleep tracking, female health tracking, heart rate sensor, blood pressure monitor, ECG||Pedometer, altimeter, calorie burn, swim tracking, sleep tracking, female health tracking, heart rate sensor|
|Water Resistance||IP68, 5ATM||5ATM|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, LTE||Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi|
|Battery||247 mAh, 340 mAh (up to 2 days)||Up to 6 days|
|Colors||Black, Bronze||Carbon Aluminum, Mist Gray Aluminum, Copper Rose Aluminum|
From the look of things, the Galaxy Watch 3 will be sleeker but won’t stray too far from the design of the original.
Rumors have already painted a pretty vivid picture of the Galaxy Watch 3, and if they all hold true, then there’s a lot to love about it. For starters, it’ll have a rotating bezel like the original. On top of that, it’ll have a vibrant, circular AMOLED display and boast a premium design.
You won’t have to worry about breaking the thing either. It’s said to have a Gorilla Glass DX, a water resistance of 5ATM, and a MIL-STD-810G certification. All the color options are still up in the air, but at the very least, it’ll likely come in black and bronze and in 41mm and 45mm.
Performance and Connectivity
Samsung is said to roll out a variant of the Galaxy Watch 3 with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE.
Rumor has it the Galaxy Watch 3 will support Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and LTE. There’s also going to be a variant with only Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, for the record.
Under the hood, it’s said to have a 247 mAh battery for the 41mm version and 340 mAh for the 45mm. That’s the same as the Galaxy Watch Active2, which should translate to about two days’ worth of battery life. Speaking of which, they’ll be compatible with the Active series’ charger too.
On the other hand, the
The two have GPS support, but only the Galaxy Watch 3 has a built-in sensor. If you want to use GPS on the
Both also have NFC, meaning you can use them for mobile payments. It goes without saying that the Galaxy Watch 3 will use Samsung Pay, while the
Health and Fitness Tracking
The Galaxy Watch 3 will pack a ton of sensors.
The Galaxy Watch 3 is said to have everything the original has to offer. In other words, it’ll have the usual staples, such as a pedometer, altimeter, swim tracking, sleep tracking, and heart rate sensor, among other things. Needless to say, the
However, one advantage the Galaxy Watch 3 has over the
You can expect to see a lot of new features on the Galaxy Watch 3.
Among the upgrades the Galaxy Watch 3 is rumored to get include new watch faces, weather app, and music widget, as well as rich notification icons. It’s also said to move away from Samsung Email to Microsoft Outlook and have an integrated speaker for audio prompts.
Arguably the best here is the so-called “Informative Digital Edge.” To explain, certain watch faces will have things like heart rate and activity displayed around the borders. They’re customizable to boot, from color to the parameters.
More features mean a higher price point.
Take the Galaxy Watch and add improvements across the board, including a female health tracker and watch faces with customizable edges—that’s pretty much the Galaxy Watch 3. Of course, that may be oversimplifying things.
Regardless, and this can’t be stressed enough, these details are only based on rumors. In short, the smartwatch itself might not even turn out the way it’s described here, which could be a good thing or bad thing. After all, it could end up being better than expected or, well, not. It could all be cleared up soon enough, though. It’s said to hit the shelves sometime in July with a $399 starting price, but that’s not a sure thing.
Between the Galaxy Watch 3 and
The Galaxy Watch 3 has a lot more to offer than the
If you already have your heart set on the Galaxy Watch, then it’s worth waiting for the Galaxy Watch 3. Going off rumors alone, it seems the next iteration will have a few features and improvements that are too good to pass up.
Yes. For its price and capabilities, the Fitbit Versa 2 will give you value for your money. However, it doesn’t have a built-in GPS, which could be a major turn-off for many people.
There’s no exact release date for the Galaxy Watch 3, but it’s said that Samsung will unwrap it sometime in July.
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