Galaxy Watch 6 Classic with rotating bezel seems to be happening
It’s getting increasingly likely that Samsung‘s upcoming Galaxy Watch 6 series will bring back the physical rotating bezel. A regulator listing in China has confirmed the existence of two separate models with four sizes in total. By the looks of it, we will get a vanilla Galaxy Watch 6 in 40mm and 44mm sizes without the bezel ring and a Galaxy Watch 6 Classic in 42mm and 46mm with the iconic bezel ring.
If this rings a bell, that’s because the Galaxy Watch 4 series came in the same lineup. But Samsung changed the game last year with the Galaxy Watch 5 series. It launched two models but only three sizes — 40mm, 44mm, and 45mm. The latter was called the Pro and came with a massive battery (590mAh) instead of a rotating bezel. There was little hope that the company would bring back the bezel ring this year.
But things took an unexpected turn earlier this month. Samsung was spotted developing two different Galaxy Watch 6 size variants (model numbers SM-R93* and SM-R95*) with the same battery capacity (300mAh). Moreover, it was also found to be internally referring to the two models as “Fresh6” and “Wise6”. For the uninitiated, Fresh and Wise were the company’s codenames for the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, respectively.
This was a strong hint that Samsung will launch two size variants of each Galaxy Watch 6 this year. A Chinese regulatory certification has now confirmed that. As said earlier, the vanilla model will be available in 40mm (SM-R930/SM-R935) and 44mm (SM-R940/SM-R945) sizes with 300mAh and 425mAh batteries, respectively. The Galaxy Watch 6 Classic will come in 42mm (SM-R950/SM-R955) and 46mm (SM-R960/SM-R965) with the same battery capacity, respectively. The Classic model should feature a physical bezel ring.
Samsung may launch a fifth Galaxy Watch 6 variant as well
As things stand, there’s no confirmation if Samsung will call its second Galaxy Watch 6 model Pro or Classic. The codenames suggest it will go with the latter, which will fit nicely with its past models featuring the rotating bezel. That frees up the Pro brand. Likely, the Korean firm will not launch a Pro model this year.
But we aren’t ruling out the possibility of a fifth Galaxy Watch 6 variant with a big battery. Things should soon get clearer as Samsung picks up more regulatory approvals for its next-gen smartwatches. The new wearables will debut in the second half of 2023, alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 foldables.
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