While we still don’t know all the details about Samsung’s next-gen smartwatches, recent FCC filings indicate that you can expect at least one major update: faster charging.
FCC filings don’t reveal too much in terms of features, but they’re a good indicator that a product is about to launch. The registrations were first noticed by 9to5Google and specify that there will be three models that use the . are called SM-R900the SM-R910and the SM-R920† They also confirm basic connectivity specs, such as the fact that the watches support Bluetooth, 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi and contactless payments. But as for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 lineup, the most notable thing is that the watches can charge at 10W. For context, the Galaxy Watch 4 only supports half of that.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 was hugely disappointed when it came to battery life. Despite Samsung promising a 40-hour battery life, the Galaxy Watch 4 range struggles to get past a full day if you turn on all the bells and whistles, like the always-on screen. And in The Verges testing, things only got worse when Google Assistant finally arrived for Wear OS 3 last month.
Adding fast charging could help Samsung dodge similar complaints if the new watches also require daily powerups — especially since the Galaxy Watch 4 takes about two hours to go from zero to 100 percent. It’s a feature that already exists on many other smartwatches. Fossil added fast charging to its Wear OS watches a few years ago, and Apple introduced fast charging on its Series 7 watch last year.
In addition to user complaints, there are plenty of reasons why Samsung could prioritize a better battery experience. For starters, sleep tracking. Samsung – and Apple – tend to lag behind Fitbit and other fitness trackers in this area, as their smartwatches often fail to get through the night without a quick charge before bed. Sleep tracking isn’t everyone’s number one priority, but it’s an increasingly popular feature and area that Samsung seems to be interested in. In February, it expanded its sleep tracking capabilities to include a coaching program. That said, it’s hard to make a splash if your sleep tracking device can’t make it until morning.
Another reason may be due to the virtually confirmed “Pro” version of the Galaxy Watch 5. This watch is rumored to have a 572mAh battery and charging, at 5W speeds, would be turtle-like by today’s standards. . Rumor has it that the standard Galaxy Watch 5 models will also have larger batteries this time around. The Galaxy Watch 4’s two-hour charge time wasn’t ideal already, and extending charge times further would be a big mistake.
Samsung usually launches its wearables in late summer, so it won’t be long before we know more about the Galaxy Watch 5 range. And it’s important that Samsung does this right. There was some wiggle room with the Galaxy Watch 4 last year, as it is – and still is – the nothing but Wear OS 3 smartwatch available. That won’t be the case in a few months.
Google isn’t just launching its own Pixel Watch (which is reportedly) not have fast charging) later this fall, but select existing Wear OS 2 watches are also expected to get the upgrade to Wear OS 3 before the end of the year. Android users are about to get more viable options than they’ve ever had on the wearable front. Samsung doesn’t necessarily guarantee a battery life of several days, but can’t afford to charge quickly. Not if it wants to stay ahead.