Samsung could be planning a slightly updated design for Galaxy Watch 4
That is according to The Elec. The outlet has inferred that a display panel design change is on the cards from the rumored battery capacity of Samsung's upcoming watch.
The 41mm model is expected to feature a 240mAh battery, and the 45mm variant is likely to have a 350mAh cell.
In contrast, the 41mm Galaxy Watch 3 sports a 247mAh battery, and the 45mm edition has a 340mAh pack. A change in capacity could also be indicative of circuit board design tweaks.
The report says that Samsung SDI and China-based Amperex Technology Limited (ATL) will supply batteries for the Galaxy Watch 4. ATL was removed from the supply chain in 2017 by Samsung after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. The two resumed relations in 2019. The company has supplied batteries for the Galaxy S21 series as well as for accessories and wearables.
ATL will apparently provide batteries for the 41mm Watch 4 model only. The decision has been taken to save on cost.
The report also corroborates an earlier rumor that said the new watch will ditch Tizen for Google's Wear OS. It is also rumored to come with a blood glucose measurement tool.
Galaxy Watch 4 release date
A more optimistic rumor points to a second-quarter unveiling. The watch was apparently cleared for launch by Safety Korea recently, so this possibility cannot be ruled out.
This story is part of:Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 leaks (5 updates)
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