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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4 leaked renders confirm subtle redesign, but engineers have their work cut out with resolving Wear OS 3.0 bugs

The Galaxy Watch Active 4 render overlaid with a watch face. (Image source: @heyitsyogesh)
The Galaxy Watch Active 4 render overlaid with a watch face. (Image source: @heyitsyogesh)
According to a report, Samsung's engineers are busy addressing Wear OS 3.0 bugs that could hold back the Galaxy Watch 4 and, by extension, the Galaxy Watch Active 4. Renders of the Galaxy Watch Active 4 have leaked too, confirming the smartwatch's design and changes compared to the Galaxy Watch Active 2.

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Samsung is hosting its 'Next Watch Experience' event next week, where the company is expected to detail its transition from Tizen to Wear OS. Notwithstanding, @OnLeaks and Giznext have already leaked renders for the Galaxy Watch Active 4, one of two smartwatches that Samsung is expected to release this summer. This is not the first time that the Galaxy Watch Active 4 has leaked, mind you, as we have reported previously.

Nonetheless, the renders provide the first look at the Galaxy Watch Active 4, which Samsung will probably market as the Galaxy Watch Active4. @OnLeaks creates his renders from leaked CAD renders, so they will probably be the most accurate images we see of the Galaxy Watch Active 4 before Samsung releases it.

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The Galaxy Watch Active 4 in four colours. (Image source: @OnLeaks & Giznext)
The Galaxy Watch Active 4 in four colours. (Image source: @OnLeaks & Giznext)

Unsurprisingly, Samsung has stuck with a circular watch face, as FCC listings implied. Visually, the Galaxy Watch Active 4 builds on the Galaxy Watch Active 2, with uniform buttons and lug ends that extend further from the watch case. However, Samsung has also included a proprietary watch band that wraps around the watch lugs and finishes at the case, a departure from previous Galaxy Watch devices.

@OnLeaks and Giznext claim that Samsung will release the Galaxy Watch Active 4 as 40 mm and 44 mm variants. These models will be available in four colours, although it is unclear if either size will support standard watch bands.

Currently, we do not expect Samsung to release any new smartwatches at MWC 2021 on June 28. In the meantime, Samsung reputedly has plenty of work to do before it releases its first Wear OS smartwatches. According to Ice Universe, Wear OS makes the Galaxy Watch 4 feel 'very smooth', but the new platform also contains 'many bugs that engineers are working on'. As it stands, the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4 are thought to be arriving at another Galaxy Unpacked scheduled for August 3.

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(Image source: @OnLeaks & Giznext)
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Alex Alderson, 2021-06-23 (Update: 2021-06-23)