Samsung Galaxy Watch gets FCC certification, supports LTE service from all four major U.S. carriers
Yesterday morning, we told you that it appears as though the eagerly awaited Samsung Galaxy Watch will be running on Tizen 4.0, not Wear OS. This morning, we can tell you that after a visit with the FCC, the Galaxy Watch name is the moniker of the smartwatch. We can say that after seeing FCC documentation that shows the position of the FCC "label" engraved on the back of the watch. The image of the rear of the device, released by the FCC, shows in big letters at the top, "Samsung Galaxy Watch."
The FCC also revealed the model numbers of SM-R815U and SM-R815W for the models headed to the U.S. and Canada, respectively. And there is good news about connectivity. The bands listed by the FCC show that there will be LTE service for the Galaxy Watch from all four major wireless providers in the U.S.; that would be Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. So we could see the watch offered by each carrier, or offered unlocked with consumers deciding which operator to employ afterward. And the timepiece also will offer Wi-Fi connectivity as well.
The documents revealed that the display weighs in at approximately 1.2-inches with the case measuring 51.2mm x 43.4mm. The FCC documentation didn't note whether Tizen or Wear OS is powering the watch, but that might have already been answered yesterday.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch should be unveiled on August 9th, alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Bixby powered smart speaker. Pre-orders will reportedly begin on August 14th, and the trio could all be released on August 24th.