Besides unveiling the Galaxy Note 9 at the Unpacked event held in New York, Samsung has also taken the wrappers off its brand new smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch that has been much rumored recently. The follow-up to the Gear S3 still runs the Tizen-based Wearable OS and not Wear OS like some rumors suggested, and will be available Bluetooth and 4G variants. Available in either 46mm or 42mm sizes, the Galaxy Watch is priced from $330 and available from August 24th in the US. 

Samsung is still peddling its Bixby virtual assistant, and it is now present on the Galaxy Watch, although let’s hope it works better in real life than it did when demonstrated during the Unpacked event. When it does work, Bixby will allow you to control the smartwatch via voice commands.

As you might expect, the Galaxy Watch brings some wellbeing and activity tracking features including a new stress management regimen with breathing capabilities to help users manage stress levels by monitoring the heart rate and sleep cycles. There are 21 new indoor exercises and 39 tracked workouts to help the user make the most of their exercise routine.

As with the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung is emphasizing the depth of its ecosystem, touting the Galaxy Watch’s compatibility with Samsung Pay, SmartThings, as well as Samsung Health.

The 42mm variant features a 1.2-inch display while the chunkier Galaxy Watch has a 1.3-inch screen, both using OLED technology with 360 x 350 resolution and Corning’s Gorilla Glass DX+ protection. The bigger watch has a 472mAh battery that Samsung says will be good for up to seven days of usage while the smaller model makes do with a 270mAh unit and three days of use.

Both models use the Exynos 9110 dual-core processor with the LTE versions sporting 1.5GB of RAM while Bluetooth variants make do with 768MB of RAM. There is 4GB of internal storage across the board along with WPC=based wireless charging,

“DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics said “The new Galaxy Watch was designed for all lifestyles to help meet consumer needs, such as more efficient battery life to stay connected longer, and better wellness tracking to help users maintain their goals – we are delivering them with connected experiences, all at the touch of a wrist.”

Available in the US from August 24th, pricing for the Galaxy Watch will start from $329.99 for the 42mm Bluetooth model and $349.99 for the 46mm variant with Samsung bundling in a spare watch band if you pre-order before September 8th. Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon will stock the 4G versions from late 2018. You can check out the full specifications for the Galaxy Watch below.

Model Galaxy Watch 46mm Galaxy Watch 42mm
Display 1.3-inch Circular Super AMOLED, 360 x 360 resolution, Full Color Always On Display, Corning Gorilla DX+ 1.2-inch Circular Super AMOLED, 360 x 360 resulution, Full Color Always On Display, Corning Gorilla DX+
Processor Exynos 9110 Dual-core @1.15GHz Exynos 9110 Dual-core @1.15GHz
Memory 4G: 1.5GB RAM
Bluetooth: 768MB RAM
4G: 1.5GB RAM
Bluetooth: 768MB RAM
Internal Storage 4GB 4GB
Connectivity 3G/4G (dependant on model), Bluetooth®4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, A-GPS/Glonass 3G/4G (dependant on model), Bluetooth®4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, A-GPS/Glonass
Sensor Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM, Ambient Light Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM, Ambient Light
Charging WPC-based Wireless Charging WPC-based Wireless Charging
Durability 5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810G 5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810G
Strap 22mm (Interchangeable), Onyx Black, Deep Ocean Blue, Basalt Grey 20mm (Interchangeable), Onyx Black, Lunar Grey, Terracotta Red, Lime Yellow, Cosmo Purple, Pink Beige, Natural Brown
Dimensions (without strap) 46 x 49 x 13mm 41.9 x 45.7 x 12.7mm
Weight 63g 49g

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He’s been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 around in his pockets. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he’s an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).




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