A recent report had claimed Samsung is currently working on a new smartwatch codenamed Pulse, which could launch as a direct successor to the Gear Sport. The upcoming wearable from the South Korean giant has now been certified by Russian certification agency EEC.
Samsung SM-R500 Expected to Succeed the Gear Sport
The Eurasian Economic Commission has certified three upcoming Samsung smartwatches: SM-R370, SM-R375, and SM-R500. As can be seen in the screenshot below, the EEC certification page only confirms the model number of the upcoming smartwatch. No other important details have been revealed by the certification agency so far. The Gear Sport was the last smartwatch from Samsung to carry the Gear-branding. Its successor, codenamed Pulse, is expected to be launched as the Galaxy Sport. Even though the upcoming smartwatch will carry the Galaxy branding, it is still expected to run on Samsung’s Tizen platform, not Google’s Wear OS. The folks over at SamMobile suggest the SM-R500 will come with 4GB of internal storage and will be a fitness-focused wearable, just like its predecessor. While the Gear Sport was offered in just a single size, we can expect the Galaxy Sport to be available in different sizes. However, it should be noted that Samsung used the SM-R600 model number for the Gear Sport. Since the Galaxy Sport will use the SM-R500 model number, we cannot be completely sure if it will be a major upgrade over the Gear Sport in all areas.
The Galaxy Sport is also expected to come with Samsung’s Bixby smart assistant and will even have support for Bixby Reminder. The feature is missing on the Galaxy Watch, which means the Galaxy Sport could be Samsung’s first smartwatch to come with Bixby reminder notifications right out of the box. Samsung is expected to bring the feature to the Galaxy Watch via a software update, although it is not clear if the update will arrive before the Galaxy Sport is officially unveiled. The Galaxy Sport is rumored to be launched alongside the Galaxy S10 next year.
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