South Korean technology giant Samsung unveiled its new smartwatch at an event in New York on Thursday, where they also showcased Samsung Galaxy Note 9 smartphone. Dubbed Galaxy Watch, the smartwatch comes with 3G/LTE connectivity and can be charged wirelessly. It will be available in two models — a 46mm silver variant and a 42mm rose gold and black variants. With Galaxy Watch, Samsung has finally let go of its Gear branding.
Price and availability
According to the company, the Galaxy Watch will be available in the United States starting August 24th and in its home country — South Korea — starting August 31st. The smartwatch will reach additional markets only by September 14. While 42mm variant is priced at $329.99 (roughly Rs 23,000), the 46mm version bears a price tag of $349.99 (roughly Rs 24,000). However, the pricing of the LTE version has not been disclosed yet.
The Galaxy Watch features either a 1.3-inch or 1.2-inch Super AMOLED touch display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass DX+. While the 1.3-inch version comes with 472mAh battery, the 1.2-inch variant houses a 270mAh battery.
Running on Tizen OS 4.0, Galaxy Watch is powered by 1.15 GHz Exynos 9110 dual core processor and offers 5 ATM water resistance and IP68 dust resistance. It comes with a heart rate monitor, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and barometer. While the LTE version of the watch comes with 1.15GB RAM and 4GB of storage, the Bluetooth version includes 768MB RAM and 4GB of storage.
According to Samsung, the improved battery life of Galaxy Watch can provide ‘several days’ of usage on just a single charge. The smartwatch also includes some health and wellness oriented features. The heart rate monitor on the device not only records your heartbeat, when it detects that your heart is racing, it will also notify you to relax. Besides this, it tracks fitness and records sleep patterns. It will also determine the quality of your sleep.
Samsung also said that the smartwatch now supports 21 indoor activities and lets users track 39 workouts. It can also track calories and send personalised alerts based on nutrition.
The new smartwatch by Samsung is touted to come with a wide range of straps and watch faces — including straps by Braloba. Also, it is for the first time that a wearable by Samsung comes with an Always On Display.