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Despite the company announcing both the Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Watch Active 2 in 2019, neither ever really felt like true follow-ups to the first of the Galaxy Watch line. Now, it seems, such a wearable is waiting in the wings.

What happened to the Galaxy Watch 2?

Firstly, the name, which early reports suggest will be the 'Samsung Galaxy Watch 3', not 'Galaxy Watch 2'.

The theory is that, with the Galaxy Watch Active 2 already on the market, Samsung has chosen to jump straight to '3' for its next mainline wearable (if only it could have done the same with the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite too).

When will the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 be released?

According to Samsung news site SamMobile, we could see the new Galaxy Watch announced alongside the company's new Galaxy Buds Live at an event in July. 

That's a month before the rumoured launch of the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Fold 2, which makes sense - it allows Samsung time to shine a light on the accessories without getting lost in the excitement of two new high-end smartphones.

At the tail end of June, known leaker Evan Blass posted this official-looking render depicting the little-known titanium-bodied variant of Watch 3, with the date set to 'Wed 22'. 22 July just so happens to fall on a Wednesday this year, so it's thought that this is when the Watch will make its official debut.

What features will the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 offer?

Existence of a new watch first emerged back at the start of the year, when Galaxy Club unearthed the model number 'SM-R840'. Considering the first Galaxy Watch used the model numbers SM-R800 and SM-R810 (for its two discreet sizes), while SM-R500 and SM-R825/SM-R835 relate to the Watch Active and Active 2 respectively, this new numbering seems to fit the mould.

This find has since seemingly been confirmed by Samsung itself, who accidentally set live support pages on its Korean website referencing both SM-R840 and SM-R850.

Indian-based tech site MySmartPrice also discovered both FCC and NBTC certification entries that used the same model numbers and, in one case, even mentioned the LTE cellular SKU of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 by name. It sports model number SM-R855F and 41mm sizing (expected to be accompanied by a larger 45mm version).

Other expected specifications found from earlier leaks include Corning Gorilla Glass XD protecting the watch's circular display, up to 5ATM water-resistance (suggesting swim-proofing), along with MIL-STD 810G protection. 5W wireless charging is also said to be part of the equation.

A separate report from SamMobile suggests that the 41mm Watch 3 will feature a 1.2in display, while the 45mm version will sport a 1.4in panel, with the dimensions falling to 45×46.2×11.1mm and 41×42.5×11.3mm, respectively.

In a move unquestionably motivated by the desire to directly take on the Apple Watch Series 5, the Watch 3 will also support heart-rate and blood pressure monitoring, as well as an ECG (electrocardiogram) function; whether that last feature will be available outside of Korea, is up for debate, however.

As for battery capacity, the 41mm model is cited as running on a 247mAh cell, while the larger 45mm body accommodates a larger 340mAh battery to match. These also happen to be the same capacities as the current Galaxy Active Watch 2, hinting at what we can expect in terms of battery life.

To round out the expected spec list, 1GB of RAM is said to feature across both casing sizes (although the LTE model may possess more) and the Watch 3 is expected to run on a dedicated version of Tizen OS 5.5.

What will the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 look like?

To cement the idea that the Galaxy Watch 3 already exists in some form, self-proclaimed 'smartphone technology enthusiast' TechTalkTV posted the following image on Twitter on 22 June, apparently showing the display and bezel of the Galaxy Watch 3, as well as screenshots from the Settings menu within the watch's Tizen-based user experience.

This follows on from reference photos pulled by MySmartPrice from the Korean NRRA certification website, which show the bodies of both the 41mm and 45mm variants of the Watch 3.