10 August 2018
Samsung has officially taken wraps off the Galaxy Watch at the same event where it announced the Galaxy Note 9 phablet. It is the latest smartwatch from the South Korean giant and is a successor to the Gear S3 from 2016. It is true that Samsung has changed the naming series but that's not the only change. In fact, this is appearing to be the best Samsung smartwatch yet.
To start off, the all-new Galaxy Watch has been announced in 42mm and 46mm models along with the option to choose LTE connectivity model. The overall design remains the same with the circular dial and rotating bezel. The new thing here is the Always On Display support which means users will be able to check relevant information without actually waking up the smartwatch. This is definitely a handy addition considering that it is a wearable and it makes sense to lift one's hand up and take a glimpse at the display to see what's up or what's next.
Like every other wearable, Samsung's new smartwatch claims to be good at helping users reach their health and fitness goals as well as track their progress while being on the journey. There is support for a total of 39 workouts which feature 21 new indoor exercises. It now has a stress management tracker which is capable of detecting high stress and goes on to suggest breathing exercises to help relax the user. The team has made improvements to the sleep tracking for more accurate tracking including REM cycles. It is further capable of tracking calories and makes use of Bixby Vision to do so. And yes, it goes without saying that all of the health-related gets synced with Samsung Health app for even better insights and detailed tracking.
To talk about technical specifications, the 42mm model comes with 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display and 46mm model has a 1.3-inch Super AMOLED display. Both feature 360 x 360 pixels resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ protection, and Always On Display support. These models have 20mm and 22mm customizable strap support with options like Onyx Black, Lunar Grey, Deep Ocean Blue, Basalt Grey, Pink Beige, and Cosmo Purple.
Under the hood, it has the dual-core Exynos 9110 processor coupled with 1.5GB of RAM and 4GB internal storage on the LTE model. If you are interested in the Bluetooth-only variant, there is 768MB of RAM with 4GB storage. The whole package is powered by a 472mAh battery and 270mAh battery for 46mm and 42mm models respectively. All variants ship with Tizen based Wearable OS 4.0 out of the box. It also boasts IP68 certification for dust and water resistance along with MIL-STD-810G certification for durability. There is an option to choose from Midnight Black and Rose Gold color options for the 42mm model. As for 46mm model, it is available only in Silver color.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch will go on sale starting August 24th in the United States and starting August 31st in South Korea. For buyers from other markets, they will have to wait until September 14th to get their hands on the smartwatch. As for pricing, the 42mm variant starts at $329.99 and 46mm variant starts at $349.99.