Samsung to launch two new smartwatches in major update to its range

And it looks like Wear OS is on the cards
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Even more hints have emerged about the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, which seems set for an imminent release.

Despite the flagship Galaxy Watch 3 only launching back in September 2020, we seem to be powering towards a new generation.

Twitter tech tipster chunvn8888 has stated that Samsung is plotting the release of both a Watch 4 and Active 4, finally unifying the two devices.

We had assumed the Active range would be next to receive an upgrade, but it may skip a generation, moving to Active 4 alongside the flagship smartwatch.

So what will the watches feature?

According to the tip the devices won’t change in terms of design, but will run Wear OS. The move to Wear OS for Samsung has been increasingly hinted at by unverified tipsters – but this is the first signal it will apply to the flagship range, not a new line.

And other information could verify these claims.

Notebook Check reports that spotters have seen SM-R84x and SM-R85x codenames appear at regulators. These have historically pointed to two sizes of the same smartwatch, e.g. 41mm and 45mm versions of the Galaxy Watch 3 or Active2.

But now a different codename seems to have surfaced courtesy of @_the_tech_guy, with the SM-R880 appearing getting 3C certification (Chinese regulator).

These two distinct codenames support the idea we could see two new smartwatches launched in the near future.

So how likely is it these will run Wear OS?

With so many leaks pointing to a Samsung Wear OS device, it seems inevitable now the company will launch onto the platform. However, it still feels difficult to believe that the company will switch away from Tizen for its flagship smartwatches after so many successful years.

It should be fascinating to see what Samsung has in store.

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James is the co-founder of Wareable, and he has been a technology journalist for 15 years.

He started his career at Future Publishing, James became the features editor of T3 Magazine and and was a regular contributor to TechRadar – before leaving Future Publishing to found Wareable in 2014.

James has been at the helm of Wareable since 2014 and has become one of the leading experts in wearable technologies globally. He has reviewed, tested, and covered pretty much every wearable on the market, and is passionate about the evolving industry, and wearables helping people achieve healthier and happier lives.

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