Samsung has a mystery new smartwatch in the pipeline


Samsung's first-ever smartwatch saw daylight back when today's heavyweight champion of the booming wearable device industry was not yet a thing, but the company had to wait several years to be taken seriously as a direct Apple rival once the Cupertino-based tech giant took over the reins.

The high-end Galaxy Watch earned pretty great reviews when it was released around a year and a half ago, which made Samsung's next two moves in the Apple-dominated market very surprising. Instead of a Galaxy Watch 2, we got a budget-friendly Galaxy Watch Active in February 2019 and a slightly pricier Watch Active 2 roughly six months later.

While the latter model certainly proved to be a serious Apple Watch contender in terms of health and wellness functionality, its design and raw power were still not what many hardcore Samsung fans expected from a sequel to the original Galaxy Watch. You may not want to give up all hope of seeing a premium Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 released sometime soon, though, as the folks over at GalaxyClub (translated) can "confirm the existence" of an unannounced wearable device that might be just that.

Unfortunately, all we have to report right now about this mysterious gadget is its model number and battery capacity. The former hints at a clear family relation to both the OG Galaxy Watch and the still-fresh Watch Active 2. 

If history is any indication, the SM-R840 will designate the larger version of this upcoming smartwatch, following in the footsteps of the SM-R800, aka 46mm Galaxy Watch, and SM-R820, aka 44mm Galaxy Watch Active 2. The 42 and 40mm Galaxy Watch and Watch Active 2 models respectively also go by the SM-R810 and SM-R830 labels, strongly suggesting a smaller SM-R850 variant of the SM-R840 is in the works too.

Of course, this could always end up as a third edition of the fitness-centric Galaxy Watch Active, a theory seemingly supported by the 330mAh battery size rumored today. If this turns out to be accurate, it would put the SM-R840 on largely equal ground as the 44mm Watch Active 2, but well below the 46mm Galaxy Watch, which packs a significantly larger 472mAh cell.

Whatever this device is, it's unlikely to go official alongside the Galaxy S20 smartphone lineup and Galaxy Buds+ next month simply because we know far too little about it. 

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7 Comments

1. jacobdrj

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 16, 2020

I hope we do get a new watch... Something that has MST, so I can upgrade my Gear S3 Frontier...

2. Fred3

Posts: 608; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

It would be nice if we can get one with the mechanical bezel and one without

3. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I waited for the Galaxy Watch (then thought to be the Gear S4), passing on the really beautifully designed S3 Frontier, because it was rumored to have blood pressure measuring capability. Not only didn't it, it was also a step backwards from the S3 Frontier designwise. So I picked up the S3 Frontier to replace my S2 Classic, and it's been fantastic. I've even learned to live with the feeling of a watch on my wrist, which I've always hated.

4. cheetah2k

Posts: 2319; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

What??? the Galaxy Watch was a step back from the Frontier? No way dude!! I owned 3 Frontier's - 2 of them the batteries kept failing after 3-4 months use. Also the lack of 5ATM water resistance was meh - one of mine got water in after a quick water fight with the kids in the back yard. The Frontier looked good, but was totally undercooked in terms of reliability and robustness.. The Galaxy Watch made good on a lot of the failings of the Frontier.. I've had the Galaxy Watch for over 12 months now, and I've given it hell - yet its still going strong. I shower, and swim with it on daily, it basically never leaves my arm (only for charging) I've had zero issues with the battery failing (or even losing capacity over its lifetime) and with minimal notifications on I'm getting 7 days use before having to charge it. To be brutally honest, you can take the POS Frontier and shove it in the proverbial. It was nice to look at, but rubbish weak as p1ss as a daily.

6. qxinfinity

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 18, 2020

I agree 100%. Having the frontier and the galaxy. Way BIG difference. So much so. I purchased the 4g LTE version. I haven’t been disappointed.

5. briankeithmays

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Stop putting apple in every damn article! Damn!

7. qxinfinity

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 18, 2020

Big and round is better than square. Now if my galaxy could just make coffee.

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