Samsung confirmed that it is going to host its next Unpacked event at the end of July in South Korea where it is expected to reveal the Galaxy Watch 6 along with its next-gen foldable phones. In line with this, a recent FCC listing indicated the usual range of connectivity for these Galaxy watches while revealing an unchanged charging specification.
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As with its previous filings, the Galaxy Watch 6 will be the latest model on the block and aptly carry the SM-930 and SM-940 model numbers, which are most likely the equivalent of the standard and pro models of these smartwatches, respectively. Furthermore, the SM-935 and SM-945 variants are believed to be bigger models or ones with larger display panels.
Apart from the typical array of connectivity features like Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.3, and NFC, there was also a mention of the ER-OR900 wireless charger model number. This is the same charger used with the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro (review). Hence, it is safe to say the upcoming Galaxy Watch 6 series will be using the same magnetic wireless charging wattage at 10 watts.
While the charging rating remains unchanged, one ought to remember that 10 W on a smartwatch is comparable to having a fast charge speed on smartphones. In our review of the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, the battery is charged to 45 percent in just 30 minutes. This is slightly quicker for the vanilla Galaxy Watch 5, given the smaller battery capacity.
As per previous rumors, Samsung plans to include the new Exynos W980 processor on the Galaxy Watch 6. The new chip is said to bring a minor speed increase. This could very well help increase the battery life of the upcoming watches due to the more efficient 5 nm manufacturing process. In addition, the Galaxy Watch 6 Pro or Classic entry could also see the return of the rotating bezel.
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