While we do not yet have all of the specifics on Samsung’s next-generation smartwatches, recent FCC filings suggest that at least one major change is on the way: faster charging.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 can charge quickly
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 majorly disappointed when it came to battery life. Despite Samsung promising 40 hours of battery life, the Galaxy Watch 4 lineup struggles to get beyond a full day if you enable all the bells and whistles, like the always-on display. And in The Verge’s testing, it only got worse once Google Assistant finally arrived for Wear OS 3 last month.
FCC filings do not reveal a lot in terms of functionality, but they are a good sign that a product is nearing release. The SM-R900, SM-R910, and SM-R920 are among the three models included in the files, which were first identified by 9to5Google. They also validate the watches’ fundamental connectivity features, such as Bluetooth, 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-Fi, and contactless payments. However, the most eye-catching feature of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series is that the watches can charge at 10W speeds. The Galaxy Watch 4 is a good example of this.
Adding fast charging could help Samsung dodge similar complaints if the new watches also need daily power-ups — especially since the Galaxy Watch 4 takes around two hours to go from zero to 100 percent. It’s a feature that also already exists on many other smartwatches. Fossil added fast charging several years ago to its Wear OS watches, and Apple introduced fast charging on its Series 7 watch last year.
Besides user complaints, there are lots of reasons why Samsung might be prioritizing a better battery experience. For starters, sleep tracking. Samsung — and Apple — have tended to lag behind in this area compared to Fitbit and other fitness trackers because their smartwatches often can’t make it through the night without a quick recharge before bed. Sleep tracking isn’t everyone’s number one priority, but it is an increasingly popular feature and an area that Samsung seems to be interested in. In February, it expanded its sleep tracking features with a coaching program. That said, it’s hard to make a splash if your sleep tracking device can’t make it ‘til morning.
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