The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic are two of our favorite smartwatches you can get. They have been available for a few months. Given that the Galaxy Watch series has had a consistent annual release cadence for years, we can’t help but think about the inevitable: Samsung’s 2024 wearable, the Galaxy Watch 7. Samsung hasn’t confirmed that it will release new watches next year. Unofficial information is scarce, but here’s what we know and hope to see.
Rumors and what we know so far
The most concrete information we have about the next generation of the Galaxy Watch is that there will be another Pro wearable. Samsung confirmed to PCMag earlier this year that it intends to switch between Classic and Pro variants as its premium watch offering each generation. We have a Watch 4 Classic, a Watch 5 Pro and a Watch 6 Classic. If our math is right, we can expect a Watch 7 Pro next year.
Samsung’s classic watches come with more traditional watch styling and the fan-favorite rotating display bezel, which can be used to navigate different watch interfaces. The Watch 5 Pro does not have a rotating bezel. Instead, it offers extra long battery life, improved durability and additional features intended for outdoor activities such as hiking. Assuming Samsung takes a similar tack with the 7 Pro, we expect something similar in 2024.
In October, PhoneArena reported on a rumor that the Watch 7 series will be powered by a new, 3-nanometer (nm) process chipset, compared to the 5nm Exynos W930 used in the Watch 6 series. Lower numbers mean more semiconductors can fit in the same physical area on a chip, improving performance and battery efficiency.
If this rumor is true, the Galaxy Watch 7 series should see significant improvements in battery life compared to the Watch 6. Battery life is still a big issue for smartwatches, with some models not lasting a full day on a charge. The prospect of large efficiency gains is exciting.
What we want
That’s all we’ve heard about Samsung’s next watches. Samsung has historically released new Galaxy Watch devices during the summer, so we’re probably a long way from any official confirmations that might be coming. But we have some improvements that we hope to see.
Reliable multi-day battery life in different sizes
Samsung’s larger watches offer some of the best battery life you can get in a smartwatch. We found the 47mm Galaxy Watch 6 Classic regularly lasted two full days on a charge, and the 2022 Watch 5 Pro lasted even longer. Its smaller models have smaller batteries and don’t last as long. A 40mm Watch 6 can make it two days with the always-on display option turned off, but heavier use can drain it in under 24 hours.
If the Watch 7 series is built around a 3nm process chipset, we should see significant gains in battery life across sizes. A small smartwatch that can comfortably get through a weekend without a battery babysitter sounds like a dream. The Watch 7 series can give us that. Larger Watch 7 models that comfortably last three or four days straight wouldn’t be too bad either.
Functional blood pressure monitoring
The Galaxy Watch 6 series hardware is technically capable of monitoring the wearer’s blood pressure. However, the watches do not have access to that feature in the US. Wrist-based blood pressure monitoring is complicated. In the US, wearables that claim to be able to remove it usually need FDA approval. According to an August 2023 forum post by a Samsung Care ambassador, the company has not received that permission for its Galaxy Watch devices.
Samsung received FDA approval for irregular heartbeat notifications in time for the launch of the Galaxy Watch 6 series. It may receive approval for blood pressure monitoring when the Watch 7 series hits store shelves in the state. Fingers crossed.
Better compatibility with non-Samsung phones
Samsung usually makes its mobile accessories work best with its phones. The company’s latest earbuds offer seamless switching between Galaxy-branded phones and tablets but don’t support Bluetooth multipoint on third-party devices. Likewise, some Galaxy Watch features are only available when the wearable is paired with a Samsung phone. Taking ECG measurements (and monitoring blood pressure in countries that allow it) requires the Samsung Health Monitor app, which is only officially available through the Galaxy Store on Samsung phones.
It would be nice to see this kind of feature exclusivity relaxed in the Watch 7 series, either by baking full ECG functionality into the Galaxy Health app available on the Play Store or by making the Samsung Health Monitor officially available on non -Samsung phones.
GPX to run on Watch 7 Pro
We expect to see a professional–style Watch 7 rather than a classic. The Watch 5 Pro offered some appealing features for outdoor athletes, including GPX mapping for hiking and cycling. There is no dedicated support for GPX-mapped runs, only hikes and bike rides. Building in a GPX runner mode would be a boon for trail runners who want a Wear OS watch.
The Watch 6 series features Samsung’s brightest wearable displays, with a maximum brightness that reaches 2,000 nits. It’s great for outdoor visibility, but it would be nice to see improvements the other way around. As AP’s Ara Wagoner says in our Watch 6 review , Samsung bringing the Extra Dim setting offered in its phones to its watches “would make the screen smaller “Dear God, FOR LIGHT” when you check the time during a 1:54 insomnia migraine.”
It’s a small thing, but four generations in, Samsung has run out of glaring flaws to fix in its Wear OS watches. We expect more small improvements in quality of life.
More exciting colors for 7 Pro
Ever since Samsung made Wear OS watches, its high-end models, the two Classics and the Watch 5 Pro, have been offered in milder colors than their standard Galaxy Watch counterparts. You can get a base model Watch 5 in a lovely dark blue shade, and the regular Watch 6 comes in silver and gold variants. Both Classic generations came in black or silver, and the Watch 5 Pro was even less exciting, available in black or gray.
For the Galaxy Watch 7 series, it would be nice to see Samsung buck the industry trend of Pro-level hardware coming in more muted colors than cheaper options. If there is a gold, blue or pink Galaxy Watch 7, give us the same option on the Watch 7 Pro. Professionals like color too.
It would be great to see Samsung do something unexpected with its next generation of wearables. Samsung’s Wear OS watches are consistently among the best on the market. Still, it’s hard to argue that the Watch 5 or Watch 6 series moved the Wear OS ball forward in any meaningful way. Each generation has been a small, predictable step up from what came the year before.
Improvements in all the usual areas – responsiveness, battery life, health tracking – are sure to make the Watch 7 series better than the Watch 6 devices we have. That won’t guarantee that Samsung’s new watches will be exciting. Samsung has been a leader in the Wear OS space for a few years, and it should use that position to develop the platform. After three consecutive generations of similar offerings, it’s not unreasonable to expect something fresh and innovative. Whatever it may be.
When should we expect the Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 series?
Samsung hasn’t officially announced that the Watch 7 series is coming, let alone when. We only have history to go on. The Watch 4 was released in August 2021, the Watch 5 in August 2022 and the Watch 6 in August 2023. Given the trend, our money is on an August 2024 release date for the Watch 7 series, likely with a full reveal the month before.
In the meantime, the Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic are great wearables. As we approach the next generation, they are sold more often. If you don’t want to wait for the Watch 7, the Watch 6 is still a good choice.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 is one of the best smartwatches you can buy today. With the Watch 7 likely still months from launch at the earliest, Samsung’s current watches are still a great option.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic
The Galaxy Watch 6 Classic has more traditional styling and a rotating bezel for navigating menus. We don’t expect the rotating bezel to return in the Watch 7 series, so if the 6 Classic speaks to you, go ahead and grab one.
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