April 15, 2024

News, rumors and what we would like to see

Samsung’s 2023 smartwatches, the Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic, are our favorite smartwatches right now. But as we move towards 2024, we can’t help but think about what awaits us: the Galaxy Watch 7 series. Samsung hasn’t directly confirmed that it will launch new watches this year, but given that it has launched a new generation of Galaxy Watch every August since 2021 , we believe pretty I’m sure we’ll see the Watch 7 in stores this summer. There isn’t much information about the upcoming wearables yet, but we’ve been hearing rumors since late last year. Here’s everything we know so far and what we expect to see.

Rumors and what we know so far

The most concrete information we have about the next generation of the Galaxy Watch is that there will be another Pro wearable in this generation. Samsung confirmed to PCMag last year that it intends to alternate between the Classic and Pro variants as its premium watch offering in each generation. We have a Watch 4 Classic, a Watch 5 Pro and a Watch 6 Classic. If our calculations are correct, we could expect a Watch 7 Pro this year.

Samsung’s Classic watches come with a more traditional watch style and the fan-favorite rotating display bezel, which can be used to navigate various watch interfaces. The Watch 5 Pro does not have a rotating bezel. Instead, it offers extra-long battery life, increased durability, and additional features designed for outdoor activities like hiking. Assuming Samsung takes a similar tack with the 7 Pro, we’re expecting something similar this summer.

Last October, PhoneArena reported on the rumor that the Watch 7 series will feature a new 3 nanometer (nm) process chipset, compared to the 5nm Exynos W930 used in the Watch 6 series. Lower numbers here They mean more semiconductors can fit in the same physical area of ​​a chip, improving battery performance and efficiency.

If this rumor is true, the Galaxy Watch 7 series should see significant improvements in battery life over the Watch 6. Battery life remains a major sticking point for smartwatches, with some models not even lasting even a full day on charge. The prospect of huge efficiency gains is exciting.

What we want

To date, that’s all we’ve heard about Samsung’s upcoming watches. Samsung has historically released new Galaxy Watch devices in the summer, so we’re probably still a ways off from any official confirmation that may come. But we have some improvements that we hope to see.

Reliable multi-day battery life in all sizes

Samsung’s largest watches offer the best battery life you can get in a smartwatch. We found the 47mm Galaxy Watch 6 Classic regularly lasted two full days on a charge, and the 2022 Watch 5 Pro lasted even longer. Their smaller models have smaller batteries and don’t last as long. A 40mm Watch 6 can last two days with the always-on display option disabled, but heavier use can drain it in less than 24 hours.

If the Watch 7 series is based on a 3nm process chipset, we should see significant gains in battery life across all sizes. A small smartwatch that can comfortably get through a weekend of use without a battery sounds like a dream come true. The Watch series 7 could give us that. Larger Watch 7 models that comfortably last three or four days at a time wouldn’t be so bad either.

Functional blood pressure monitoring.

A smartwatch on your wrist that displays exercise tracking options.

The Galaxy Watch 6 series hardware is technically capable of monitoring the user’s blood pressure. However, watches don’t have access to that functionality in the U.S. Wrist-based blood pressure monitoring is complicated, and in the U.S., wearable devices that claim to do it typically need FDA approval. According to an August 2023 forum post from a Samsung Care ambassador, the company has not obtained that authorization for its Galaxy Watch devices.

Samsung received FDA clearance for irregular heartbeat notifications in time for the launch of the Galaxy Watch 6 series, so it could hypothetically get clearance for blood pressure monitoring when the Watch 7 series hits stores in the United States. Joined. Added to the suite of health parameters that Galaxy Watch devices can already track, blood pressure monitoring would provide a pretty comprehensive health tracking experience, so we’re very hopeful that Samsung can pull this off.

Better compatibility with non-Samsung phones

A smartwatch placed on top of an upside down Samsung smartphone

Samsung typically makes its mobile accessories work better with its phones. The company’s latest headphones offer seamless switching between Galaxy-branded phones and tablets, but they don’t support multipoint Bluetooth on third-party devices. Similarly, some Galaxy Watch features are only available when the wearable is paired with a Samsung phone. Taking ECG measurements (and monitoring blood pressure in countries that allow it) requires the Samsung Health Monitor app, which is only officially available through the Galaxy Store on Samsung phones.

It would be nice to see this kind of relaxed feature exclusivity on the Watch 7 series, either by integrating full ECG functionality into the Galaxy Health app available on the Play Store or by making Samsung Health Monitor officially available on non-Samsung phones.

GPX to run on the Watch 7 Pro

A hand holding a Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro with a blurred image of grass and trees in the background

We hope to see a ProWatch 7 style instead of a Classic. The Watch 5 Pro offered some attractive features for outdoor athletes, including GPX mapping for hiking and cycling. There is no dedicated support for GPX mapped runs, just walks and bike rides. Incorporating a GPX running mode would be a boon for trail runners who want a Wear OS watch.

A smart watch that displays brightness settings

The Watch Series 6 features Samsung’s brightest wearable displays, with maximum brightness reaching 2,000 nits. That’s great for outdoor visibility, but it would be nice to see an improvement in the other direction. As AP’s Ara Wagoner says in our Watch 6 review, Samsung bringing the Extra Dim configuration offered on its phones to its watches “would allow the screen to be less ‘DEAR GOD, TOO BRIGHT’ when you’re looking at the time during an insomnia migraine at 1:54 am.”

It’s a small thing, but after four generations, Samsung is running out of glaring flaws to fix in its Wear OS watches. We look forward to more small lifestyle improvements.

More interesting colors for the 7 Pro

A great smartwatch on a person's wrist.

Since Samsung started making Wear OS watches, its high-end models, the two Classics and the Watch 5 Pro, have been offered in softer colors than their standard Galaxy Watch counterparts. You can get a base model Watch 5 in a beautiful dark blue hue, and the regular Watch 6 comes in silver and gold variants. Both Classic generations came in black or silver, and the Watch 5 Pro was even less exciting, available in black or gray.

For the Galaxy Watch 7 series, it would be nice to see Samsung buck the industry trend of pro-grade hardware coming in more subdued colors than less expensive options. If there’s a gold, blue, or pink Galaxy Watch 7, give us the same option on the Watch 7 Pro. Pros like the color, too.

something surprising

A hand wearing a black smart watch and holding a yellow flower in front of foliage

It would be great to see Samsung do something unexpected with its next generation of wearables. Samsung’s Wear OS watches are consistently among the best on the market, but still, it’s hard to argue that the Watch 5 or Watch 6 series moved the Wear OS ball forward significantly. Each generation has been a small, predictable step forward from what happened the year before.

Improvements in all the normal areas (responsiveness, battery life, health tracking) will surely make the Watch 7 series better than the Watch 6 devices we have. But that doesn’t guarantee that Samsung’s new watches will be exciting.. Samsung has been a leader in the Wear OS space for a few years now and should leverage that position to move the platform forward. After three consecutive generations of similar offerings, it is not unreasonable to expect something new and innovative. Whatever it is.

When should we expect the Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 series?

Samsung hasn’t officially announced that the Watch 7 series will arrive, let alone when. We only have the story to continue. The Watch 4 launched in August 2021, the Watch 5 in August 2022, and the Watch 6 in August 2023. Given the trend, our money is on an August 2024 release date for the Watch 7 series, likely with a full disclosure the month. before.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic are great wearables. As we get closer to the next generation, they are on sale more frequently. If you don’t want to wait for the Watch 7, the Watch 6 is still a good choice.

  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 in black, placed at an angle

    Samsung Galaxy Watch 6

    The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 is one of the best smartwatches you can buy today. Since the Watch 7 is likely still months away from release, Samsung’s current watches are still a great option.

  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic black tilted to the right

    Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic

    The Galaxy Watch 6 Classic has a more traditional style and a rotating bezel for navigating menus. We don’t expect that rotating bezel to return on the Watch Series 7, so if the 6 Classic catches your eye, go ahead and grab one.

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