Samsung’s ‘Pro’ smartwatch set to make a return in 2024
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch has become one of the most recognisable brands of smartwatch you can buy.
Two new models are usually launched each year, and that was the case in 2023, with both the Galaxy Watch 6 and 6 Classic impressing in many areas.
So, what can we expect from its highly anticipated successors? Rumours suggest the lineup will have more in common with 2022 than last year. Here’s everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 range.
When will the Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 be released?
If you’ll pardon the pun, Samsung has been as reliable as clockwork with the release schedule for its Galaxy Watch range. For several years now, the latest iterations have made their debuts in August:
With this in mind we expect to see the Watch 7 and Watch 7 Classic or Pro arrive in August 2024. This may be alongside the Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Z Fold 6 foldables, though nothing is confirmed at this stage.
How much will the Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 cost?
Samsung has slowly increased the prices across its Galaxy Watch range over the past few years.
The standard 40mm models start at around the £300/$300 mark, while the Pro or Classic (both the premium editions of the Watch) begin at around £370/$400. These prices are in keeping with the competition, so we’d expect them to stay at a similar place with the Galaxy Watch 7 models.
With the rumours of a Pro model in 2024, we wouldn’t expect prices to change too much from the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.
What specs and features will the Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 have?
At the time of writing, a potential release date for the Galaxy Watch 7 lineup is several months away. Despite this, there are a few key leaks and rumours regarding what to expect.
As the release date is still off in the distance, there’s been hardly any official statements from Samsung at the time of writing about what the new models will include. We have seen a few rumours that suggest which improvements the company is planning, so we’ve gathered them here to give some clues of what the Galaxy Watch 7 might bring to the table.
Pro instead of Classic…again
Over the past few years, Samsung has released the standard Watch model, plus a premium Classic or Pro version. The Classic is a more traditional watch styling, with a rotating bezel mimicking some of the classic diving watches, while the Pro is a rugged version aimed at outdoor activities.
Samsung confirmed to PCMag in 2023 that the plan is to update each variant every other year, so the Watch 5 had a Pro model, whereas the Watch 6 has a Classic. This means that we should see a Galaxy Watch 7 Pro this time around, while the Watch 6 Classic should remain available to buy until it’s replaced next year.
Sleep apnea tracking
One feature Samsung has announced ahead of time is that sleep apnea tracking will be coming to the Samsung Galaxy Watch platform.
In a February 2024 post, the company stated that the sleep apnea feature on Galaxy Watch has received authorisation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US. It’ll be available via the Samsung Health Monitor app, which is only available on Samsung phones, suggesting it won’t be compatible with other Android handsets.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where sufferers can stop breathing for short periods of time. This decreases the quality of sleep, but in more severe cases it can exacerbate cardiovascular conditions. Being able to monitor your sleep to see if you’re struggling with apnea could be a huge step forward for health and getting a good night’s rest.
At the end of the announcement post, Samsung only confirms that the feature will be available in the US. Hopefully its release will be expanded to include the UK and rest of Europe before too long.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and 6 Classic are powered by Samsung’s own 5nm Exynos W930 chipset. It’s possible we’ll see Samsung stick with it for another generation, considering performance is already pretty decent.
However, according to Korean tech site NewDaily, Samsung will be moving to a new 3nm chipset. This could be a new Exynos W940, though there’s a possibility that Samsung will switch to Qualcomm.
Either way, the article suggests that we could see up to a 30% improvement in performance and 50% better power consumption, with the latter helping to benefit battery life. Both would be very welcome on the new devices.
That’s all we’ve found so far, but we’ll keep updating this article as more details come to light. In the meantime, you may be interested in similar articles for the Apple Watch X and Google Pixel Watch 3.