Samsung’s got a new sport focused smartwatch on the way, and all things point to it being called the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active.

We first caught wind of the name when reliable Samsung leaker Max J says the smartwatch is actually called the Galaxy Watch Active. Active is the brand Samsung uses for the more rugged versions of its Galaxy smartphones. Now that its smartwatch and smartphone lines share the same Galaxy name, this makes sense.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

Our biggest indication that it the new Samsung smartwatch will be called Active comes courtesy from firmware files discovered by a developer that reveals the name. The firmware files also mentioned the Pulse codename that the smartwatch went by during its development. The files also mention SMR500 model number, which has been linked to that internal Pulse codename.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: Design

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

What will the Galaxy Watch Active look like? Well it seems we may already have a good idea and there could be some radical differences when compared to the Gear Sport. A bunch of renders including the ones above have surfaced, which appear to be showing off Samsung’s new watch. It seems we can look forward to a very minimalist-looking watch. What’s most interesting here is the absent rotating bezel, which has become a signature (and popular) feature that has appeared on Samsung’s most recent smartwatches. While we don’t know for definite it’s getting ditched, it doesn’t appear to be present in these renders.

We do also seem to have a good idea of what colors the Active will be available in. We’ve seen renders showing four different color watches: silver, black, teal blue and pink gold. The latter appears to suggest Samsung will mirror what it offered with the 42mm rose gold version of its Galaxy Watch.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: Features

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

So we’ve already mentioned that we could see a big feature omission in the shape of that rotating bezel. But that is based on renders that may or may not be the real deal.

We have something a little more concrete from those firmware files we mentioned earlier uncovered by a developer. It seems to reveal some of the Galaxy Watch specs and features we can expect.

The watch will apparently run on Tizen 4.0.3 and will be powered by a Exynos 9110 processor. It’s tipped to host a slightly larger 1.3-inch, 360 x 360 resolution display and a smaller 230mAh capacity battery.

Other specs include built-in GPS, NFC for payments, a heart rate monitor, a mic and speaker, an LTE version and Back and Menu physical buttons.

In the sensor department, expect an accelerometer with linear acceleration, ambient light, barometer, gravity sensor, gyroscope, pedometer. It will apparently have sleep monitoring and stress tracking like there is in the Galaxy Watch.

Previous rumors have also suggested that there will be massive improvements with integration of Samsung’s Bixby smart assistant.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: Release date

So, when will we see the Galaxy Watch Active officially unveiled? Well, if we look back at Samsung’s most recent watch launches, the Galaxy Watch debuted at Samsung’s big Galaxy Note Unpacked event.

We think we have our biggest indication that Samsung’s 20 February Unpacked will be the place we hear more about this new watch. That’s courtesy of those leaked renders where two of the watches feature that 20 February date. So if that’s accurate, we haven’t got long to find out what Samsung has in store for us.

What do you hope to see from the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active? Let us know in the comments section below.


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