The rumors and leaks surround Samsung‘s upcoming smartwatch continue as we move closer to an expected launch of the device. The latest information about the device was revealed in a pair of FCC filings that have been made public. They not only provide information regarding the name of the device, but what kind of connectivity plans Samsung has in mind for the Galaxy Watch.
We have already seen reports that Samsung was changing their branding for their smartwatch. Their current device is the Samsung Gear S3. However, sources have indicated Samsung was planning a re-brand to call the successor the Samsung Galaxy Watch. This could be a combination of capitalizing on the Galaxy name as well as removing some potential confusion around the Gear branding that Samsung has been using for most devices that are not smartphones. In the FCC filing, Samsung provided an image of their plans for the back of the watch showing how they will indicate the FCC ID number along with model information and the IMEI number. The image shows Samsung decided to put the name of the device – “Samsung Galaxy Watch” – on the back of the device as well.
Between the two filings, we now have three different model numbers with two of them assigned to the LTE equipped versions and one for the WiFi only variant. The LTE compatible devices include the SM-R815U and SM-R815W, with the first one apparently intended for the U.S. market and the latter for the Canadian market. The SM-R810 is the WiFi only version.
Along with the model numbers, we also have a list of the LTE, WiFi and Bluetooth bands the device will support. The list of LTE frequencies indicate the Galaxy Watch will work on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint networks.
Finally, the FCC filings show the case will measure 51.2mm x 43.4mm (2.0 inches x 1.7 inches) and the display measures 30.2mm or 1.2 inches.
Unfortunately, the FCC filings did not reveal any information about the operating system running on the Galaxy Watch. The latest report indicates Tizen 4.0 will be used despite some earlier rumors that Samsung may use Google’s latest version of Wear OS.