While it’s all but confirmed that Samsung will be launching the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9 at an event in New York, a new report suggests that the flagship smartphone won’t be the only device being launched at the event. ZDNet Korea now reports that the Samsung Galaxy Watch, the next-generation smartwatch from the Korean electronics giant, will also be launching at the same event.
Samsung‘s current smartwatch range goes by the ‘Gear’ branding, with the last major launch being the Samsung Gear Sport, which was unveiled in late 2017. Samsung now reportedly wants to bring even its smartwatch range under its Galaxy branding, which is used for its smartphones. The reason for this isn’t entirely clear, but it takes the company back to its early smartwatches, which were similarly branded as Galaxy devices.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch was also initially expected to be powered by the Google Wear OS platform, but rumors and reports now suggest that Samsung will stick to its Tizen platform for this year’s device. Samsung has switched to the Tizen smartwatch platform for some of its recent devices with some success, and the range has been praised for superior performance with both Samsung and non-Samsung Android devices. However, Samsung still hasn’t managed to break the superiority of the Apple Watch range in the wearables segment.
WATCH: Samsung Gear Sport First Look
While the launch event is scheduled for August 9, both the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch are reported to be going on sale on August 24. The Galaxy Watch was earlier rumored to be called the Samsung Gear S4. The watch will be available in different sizes, and will likely also have different dial and strap designs according to the variants.