Samsung is reportedly planning to release the next-generation smartwatch, the Galaxy Note 9, on August 24, as the Galaxy Watch. According to a new report from ZDNet South Korea, the first revelation of the Galaxy Watch will take place on August 9, a date confirmed by Samsung as the launch date for the Galaxy Note 9. Like all other previous announcements for the phablet device, this year's launch will take place during the Galaxy Unpacked in New York. Pre-orders for the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Note 9 are expected to begin on August 14th.
The branding of the Galaxy Watch first appeared in a trademark application from Samsung with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as reported last May, which led to speculation that this was the name of the company could be coming wearable from the company, instead of the Samsung Gear S4. The Galaxy Watch marks a major shift in the South Korean giant's smartwatch strategy as it will be Galaxy's first wearable device, a likely departure from gear branding. There are two versions of the smartwatch reportedly delivered to consumers, each with a different size. And while previous rumors suggested that Samsung's next-generation smartwatch will be powered by the Wear operating system, the Galaxy Watch is reportedly running the Tizen operating system, according to industry circles in South Korea. In addition, the wearable device will include a number of health and fitness apps.
Earlier this month, it was also rumored that the Galaxy Watch will provide native support for Bixby, although the addition of Samsung's artificial intelligence companion will not be. This is expected to result in a third physical button being used in the smartwatch, similar to existing smartphones that support Bixby. Instead, the digital assistant serves as a direct replacement for the S Voice app. Other rumors surrounding the upcoming gadget indicate that the Galaxy Watch will have a 470mAh battery that is significantly larger than its predecessor. This capacity is expected to hold the watch for approximately three days.