Samsung’s next-gen Galaxy Watches have been leaked, and according to the German tech site WinFuture, the rotating bezels are back. The leaked photos show that there isn’t anything too exciting to look at in these marketing stills, as the Galaxy Watch 6 looks like the Galaxy Watch 5, which looks like the Galaxy Watch 4. The Galaxy Watch 6 will purportedly come in 40mm and 44mm, with an upgrade to sapphire crystal displays for durability. There had been rumors that the Galaxy Watch 6 would return to curved displays, but that doesn’t look to be the case based on these photos. Meanwhile, the Classic version will be a bit bigger at 43mm and a whopping 47mm.
Changes on Deck
While the designs don’t seem to be anything revolutionary, it does seem like Samsung has several changes planned. Samsung announced One UI 5 Watch, which will bring several new health and fitness features like improved sleep tracking and personalized heart rate zones. Google also noted at this year’s I/O that Wear OS 4 would arrive later this year. It is possible that the Galaxy Watch 6 will be the first to launch with it. Details are scant about Wear OS 4, but Google emphasized that it ought to help improve battery life. It’s also rumored that Samsung will feature a new Exynos W930 chip in the Galaxy Watch 6 lineup.
Rotating Bezels are Back
The rotating bezel is one of the most intuitive and distinctive smartwatch designs out there, and Samsung has brought it back. Nobody else does it, which has historically helped set Samsung apart from the competition. There are bezel haters out there, but it has helped Samsung stand out from the crowd. It’s a relief to see Samsung bring the mechanically rotating bezel back.
The Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic will soon arrive, likely to be announced alongside some new foldable next month at its Unpacked event in Seoul, Korea. Samsung has brought back the rotating bezel, which is a tried-and-true design that has historically helped set Samsung apart from the competition. While the designs don’t seem to be anything revolutionary, Samsung has several changes planned, including One UI 5 Watch, which will bring several new health and fitness features.