Samsung’s Galaxy Watch has become one of the most recognizable smartwatch brands you can buy.
Two new models are usually launched each year, and this was the case in 2023, with the Galaxy Watch 6 and 6 Classic impressing in many areas.
So, what can we expect from its highly anticipated successors? Rumors 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 lineup.
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 of its Galaxy Watch line. For several years now, the latest iterations debuted in August:
With that in mind, we expect to see the Watch 7 and Watch 7 Classic or Pro arrive in August 2024. This could be alongside the Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Z Fold 6 foldables, although nothing is confirmed at this stage.
How much will the Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 cost?
Samsung has slowly increased the prices of its Galaxy Watch line over the past few years.
The standard 40mm models start at around £300/$300, while the Pro or Classic models (both premium editions of the watch) start at around £370/$400. These prices are in line with the competition, so we expect them to remain on par with the Galaxy Watch 7 models.
With rumors of a Pro model in 2024, we wouldn’t expect prices to change too much compared to the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.
What specs and features will the Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 have?
At the time of writing, the potential release date for the Galaxy Watch 7 line is several months away. Despite this, there are some key leaks and rumors about what to expect.
As the release date is still far away, there has been virtually no official statement from Samsung at the time of writing about what the new models will include. We’ve seen a few rumors suggesting the improvements the company is planning. So we’ve put them together here to give some clues about what the Galaxy Watch 7 could bring.
Pro instead of Classic…again
Over the past few years, Samsung has released the standard watch model, as well as a premium Classic or Pro version. The Classic is a more traditional style watch, with a rotating bezel mimicking some of the classic dive 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 two years, so the Watch 5 had a Pro model, while the Watch 6 had a Classic. That means we should see a Galaxy Watch 7 Pro this time around, while the Watch 6 Classic should remain available for purchase until it’s replaced next year.
Sleep apnea monitoring
One feature that Samsung has announced in advance is that sleep apnea tracking will be available on the Samsung Galaxy Watch platform.
In a February 2024 post, the company said the sleep apnea feature on the Galaxy Watch had received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States. It will be available through 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 in which sufferers may stop breathing for short periods of time. This decreases sleep quality, but in more severe cases it can worsen cardiovascular problems. Being able to monitor your sleep to see if you have apnea could be a huge step forward for health and getting a good night’s sleep.
At the end of the announcement post, Samsung only confirms that the feature will be available in the United States. Hopefully its release will be expanded to the UK and the rest of Europe before long.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and 6 Classic are powered by Samsung’s 5nm Exynos W930 chipset. It’s possible that Samsung will stick with this for another generation, given that the performance is already pretty decent.
However, according to Korean technology site NewDaily, Samsung will upgrade to a new 3nm chipset. It could be a new Exynos W940, but it’s possible that Samsung will switch to Qualcomm.
Either way, the article suggests we could see up to a 30% performance improvement and 50% higher power consumption, the latter of which helps improve battery life. Both would be welcome on the new devices.
That’s all we’ve found so far, but we’ll continue to update this article as more details are revealed. In the meantime, you might be interested in similar articles on the Apple Watch X and Google Pixel Watch 3.