Samsung also launched its Galaxy Watch along with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 at its recent launch event in New York. For this watch, Samsung had re-branded the features and has gone with a Tizen-based Wearable OS 4.0 build instead. The Samsung Galaxy Watch has been launched in two size variants, listing 42mm and 46mm, with different battery capacities, display sizes and resolution, as well as color options. At the launch event, the company also unveiled the Wireless Charger Duo, letting users charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch at the same time, apart from its Apple HomePod competitor, the Galaxy Home.
Stating about these latest launches, DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics, added that, “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”.
Samsung Galaxy Watch: Price and release date
The Samsung Galaxy Watch is priced at $329.99 which is roughly ₹22,600 for the 42mm variant, while the 46mm variant starts at $349.99 which is again roughly ₹24,000. It will go on sale in the US on August 24, and on August 31 in South Korea, whereas availability for other markets starts from September 14. However, the prices are for the Bluetooth variants, while LTE variant pricing is not yet available.
The 46mm variant would be available with a Silver body and gets Onyx Black, Deep Ocean Blue, Basalt Grey options for interchangeable straps. The 42mm variant provides color choices, listing Midnight Black and Rose Gold body apart from Onyx Black, Lunar Grey, Terracotta Red, Lime Yellow, Cosmo Purple, Pink Beige, Cloud Grey, and Natural Brown.
Samsung Galaxy Watch: Specs and features
Samsung is boasting of the Galaxy Watch’s LTE connectivity and wellness capabilities as its primary USPs. The company is also touting the smartwatch’s battery life which claims of providing over 80 hours of typical usage time on a single charge for the 46mm variant, and over 45 hours on the 42mm variant. Samsung further adds that the Galaxy Watch supports LTE connectivity with over 30 carriers and over 15 countries.
This time the watch has its wellness features, that states of a new stress management tracker, meant to automatically detect high levels of stress and offers breathing exercises. A new sleep tracker is said to monitor all levels of sleep, including REM cycles. In terms of fitness, Samsung says the Galaxy Watch now has 21 new indoor exercises, letting users track a total of 39 workouts. With this, the company is also touting calorie tracking and personalized alerts on the nutrition front, adding that Bixby Vision on an associated Galaxy device would provide the nutritional information for their meals, logged in Samsung Health and on the watch as well.
The Galaxy Watch is also supposed to come with a wide selection of watch faces and straps, including straps made by Braloba. Finally, talking more about the features, the smartwatch sports an Always On Display, and for the first time on one of the company’s wearable, the Galaxy Watch offers analog watch ticks and hourly chimes. The smartwatch is MIL-STD-810 certified for durability and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass DX+. It also has what’s called an “industry-leading water resistance” at 5 ATM. It features an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
Now let’s talk about specifications, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 46mm variant bears a 1.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a 360×360 pixels resolution. It measures 46x49x13mm, weighing around 63 grams, supporting a 22mm interchangeable strap. The 46mm variant is powered by a 472mAh battery. The Galaxy Watch 42mm variant on the other hand sports a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display with the same 360×360 pixels resolution, measures around 41.9×45.7×12.7mm, weighing 49 grams, and supporting around 22mm interchangeable straps.
Common specifications between both Samsung Galaxy Watch variants include the dual-core Samsung Exynos 9110 SoC (clocked at 1.15GHz). The LTE variants feature 1.5GB of RAM, while the regular Bluetooth-based variants feature 768MB of RAM. Both bear around 4GB of inbuilt storage. Talking of Connectivity options, that include 3G/LTE, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, and A-GPS. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, gyroscope, and heart rate monitor. Both the smartwatches support WPC-based wireless charging, and are compatible with smartphones running Android 5.0 and later or iOS 9.0 and later iPhone 5.