For non-iPhone users the smartwatch field has been rather fallow recently, with no real exciting devices.
Sure, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active was a polished effort, but it lacked any groundbreaking features and did not even come with an LTE version.
Now the first leaks have started about the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2, and it points towards a rebirth of the wristwear.
SamMobile reports that the code-name for the smartwatch has leaked, with the device being called “Renaissance” internally.
This, of course, dovetails neatly with Da Vinci, the codename for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, suggesting the devices could launch together in August this year.
The main ‘innovation’ of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active has the removal of the rotating bezel. SamMobile reports that Samsung may replace this with a touch-sensitive digital version after filing a trademark application for Touch Wheel.
Given the Apple Watch’s cool ECG feature, do our readers think the Galaxy Watch 2 can compete? Let us know below.
Update: More information regarding the device has leaked, including a full set of pictures:
Actually branded the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2, the device will be available in 40 and 44mm sizes, feature a slightly refreshed look, and includes hardware such as microphone and speaker (and a red button like on the Apple Watch) which suggests the device will be able to make phone calls.
SamMobile confirms there will be an LTE (340 mAh battery) and WIFI variant (237 mAh). The Tizen-powered watch will run One UI 1.5.