(Pocket-lint) - The year 2020 is well under way now, and despite some delays to manufacturing at so many of the popular gadget makers, there are plenty of smartwatches to look forward to throughout this year.
In 2019, we saw Samsung launch two Galaxy Watch Active smartwatches, Louis Vuitton update its £2100 Tambour Horizon smartwatch and Apple launch its Watch Series 5. So what else do we have to look forward to for 2020?
Here are all the best smartwatches thought to be coming in 2020.
Best upcoming smartwatches in 2020
Before we go into all the details and rumours, here are some of the most anticipated upcoming devices for 2020:
- Apple Watch Series 6
- Fossil Group
- Google Pixel Watch
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 2
Apple Watch Series 6
Apple 's most recently launched Series 5 is its best effort yet, offering the same design as the Series 4 but with an Always-On Display (finally) and a built-in compass. The Apple Watch Series 6 isn't expected until September 2020 but we're hoping to see sleep tracking and we wouldn't be surprised to see a change up in design.
Rumours have suggested the Digital Crown which rotates on the side is being replaced by an optical fingerprint reader which also responds to gestures, but we're not at all convinced that's going to happen. It's also been suggested that Apple could used an in-display fingerprint reader for TouchID as well.
It's possible Apple could enable sleep tracking too, but that would require a much more efficient battery.
A patent for a round Apple Watch was approved in May 2018, but it is not yet clear if this patent will ever see the light of day.
Fossil Group offers smartwatches from several fashion brands under its umbrella, including Michael Kors, Diesel and Kate Spade. We saw several new devices at IFA 2019, and CES 2020 including a Puma smartwatch and updates to Michael Kors, Skagen and Diesel brands.
One specific device in the group that excited us was the Skagen Falster 3, which - as well as being a great-looking Wear OS watch - saw a partnership with fashionable audio brand X by Kygo.
It has an extended battery mode, a built in speaker, 30M waterproofing and also a generous 8GB storage for music.
We don't know a whole lot about Oppo's upcoming smartwatch, except that the design is reminiscent of the Apple Watch. Rather than join the ocean of round smartwatches on the market, Oppo has opted for a square with rounded corners and edges.
It won't be exactly like the Apple Watch, of course. It'll run different software, which could be Oppo's own creation or Wear OS (we don't know yet). It also has two physical clicky buttons on the right side, rather than a button and a crown.
Pixel Watch / Pixel Time
Rumours for a Pixel-branded watch ramped up in 2018 after notorious leakster @evleaks tweeted he'd been told by a reliable source that the smartwatch would appear at Google's 2018 fall event alongside the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, though this never happened.
Rumours are still circulating for a Google-Made smartwatch though, with a patent appearing in April 2019 so it's not game over just yet, despite rumours of a Pixel Watch since 2016.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 2
Samsung announced the Galaxy Watch in August 2018 alongside the Note 9, followed by the Galaxy Watch Active in early 2019 and the Galaxy Watch Active 2 in late 2019.
The Galaxy Watch Active devices are a smaller, sportier model of the Galaxy Watch though, so could we still see a successor to the bulkier Galaxy Watch?
Recent rumours have suggested we'll see one, and with more storage than any previous model. We'd initially thought it might appear at Samsung's Unpacked event in February, but sadly it didn't show its face at all. Sammy obviously had its hands full with just the four smartphones it was busy showing off. Maybe one for the summer?