Samsung launched the Galaxy S21 series earlier this year without a charger in the box. It appears the company plans to follow a similar strategy for its upcoming smartwatches as well. It may not bundle a charger with the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch Active 4.
Both these Galaxy watches recently passed through China’s 3C certification process. As always, this certification revealed the devices’ charging specifications. All four models – Galaxy Watch 4 41mm (SM-R880), Watch 4 45mm (SM-R890), Watch Active 4 39mm (SM-R860), and Watch Active 4 43mm (SM-R870) – support 5W (5V, 1A) charging. That’s the same charging specification as last year’s models.
However, that’s not the most interesting part of this certification. The listing doesn’t mention a charger, something we normally see in a 3C certification. It could be that the chargers will be listed separately. However, one cannot rule out the possibility of Samsung not including a charger in the box for the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch Active 4 as well. Perhaps the company will bundle last year’s charging docks with the upcoming Galaxy watches, or at least give users the option to add a charger for free while buying the watches. We’ll see.
It will not be wise of Samsung to not include a charger with smartwatches
Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Watch 4 series has been in the news for several months now. More recently, the company’s announcement that it will use a brand new version of Google’s Wear OS in the new watches has created a bigger buzz around them. This change should eliminate one of the biggest disadvantages of the Tizen OS Samsung used earlier: third-party app support, or the lack of it. We are also expecting tons of other enhancements including improved battery life.
All in all, the Galaxy Watch 4 series is shaping up to become the best Samsung smartwatch to date. However, if it comes without a charger in the box, then that would be a shocking move from the company.
One could understand Samsung’s decision to not include a charger in the box for the Galaxy S21. However, the situation with smartwatches is completely different. While current smartphone chargers are all USB Type-C and are generally compatible with each other (charging speed may vary), the same cannot be said for all wearable chargers. So it will not be wise of Samsung to not include a charger in the box for the Galaxy Watch 4 series, though there’s very little chance it will do so. Nonetheless, if you have some older Galaxy Watch chargers, you might want to hold onto them for now, if you’re planning to get the Galaxy Watch 4, of course.