A leaked render of the supposed Samsung Galaxy Sport smartwatch has appeared online. The image arrives via 91mobiles citing a reliable source, and it hints at big change for Samsung smartwatch designs.
The pictured smartwatch includes a round, chrome watch face, two physical buttons and what looks like a rubberized strap — similar to the shadowy images seen from OnLeaks earlier this month. This would be Samsung’s first sports watch since the Gear Sport in 2017 and its first-ever sports watch in the Galaxy smartwatch brand.
Last year’s Samsung Galaxy Watch was a well-regarded by critics and the Galaxy Sport would likely have much in common with it — including its Tizen operating system. One significant area where it may differ, though, is with Samsung’s signature rotating bezel, which doesn’t appear to be in place in the device render.
These bezels can be found on recent Samsung smartwatches and are a key part of interface navigation — and often one of the reasons Samsung watches feel so nice to use. With that being said, swiping on the touchscreen display or using the physical buttons could achieve the same software effect as rotating the bezel, so it may not be a huge omission from a technical standpoint.
As the Galaxy Sport is a potential sports watch, you should expect it to include dust and water resistance and other fitness-related features like an activity tracker, step counter, sleep monitor, heart rate monitor and, of course, GPS. It’s tipped to have 4GB of internal storage and Samsung Bixby support.
You’ll have to take the rumors with a grain of salt for now but, if the watch is in the works, MWC 2019 later this month would be a sensible place for Samsung to launch it.