After a massive success of Gear S3 and Gear S3 Frontier, Samsung is back again with a brand new smartwatch, Galaxy Watch, to compete with Apple watch and others. Claimed to last for 4-7 days, with a single charge, Galaxy Watch does bring a whole lot of features, to the smartwatch race.
Unveiled on August 9th, 2018 on Samsung Unpacked event, Galaxy Watch was released, to take over the smartwatch market, with its long-lasting battery, and built-in health tracking, which can track up to 40 different activities. It can auto track 6 workout activities, and others can be tracked manually, which is first of its kind in this series. Along with workout trackers, it also monitors heart rate with heart-rate sensors and has an accelerometer/gyroscope, GPS, an altimeter and barometer built-in. The watch also tracks sleep cycles and offers breathing exercises, if it detects stress. Galaxy watch comes in 2 variants: Silver 46mm watch with 476mAh battery, and Rose gold/Midnight black 42mm watch with 270mAh battery. Both the variants come in Bluetooth and LTE-enabled model. Galaxy watch is compatible with both Andoird and iOS devices(though some features are missing for iOS devices).
Built as a chronograph, Galaxy Watch has a 33mm/30mm circular super Amoled Always On Display, with Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ screen to prevent scratches, and 5ATM water resistance, making it swim-ready(not scuba diving ready though!). It sports it’s patented rotating bezel, to navigate through the watch apps, and 60000 watch faces to choose from. The watch passed military-grade durability(MIL-STD-810G) testing under extreme temperatures, shocks, dust, and low pressure/high altitude. The 46mm watch is 13mm thick and weighs 63gm without the strap, and 42mm weighs 49gm and 12.7mm thick. It has replaceable silicon straps for the band. The LTE version allows you to text, call, receive notification over the net using eSim(similar to Apple watch), given that your carrier supports the 4g band, and an eligible Galaxy device [Check your device compatibility]. The Bluetooth version can connect through Bluetooth or WI-FI, and make calls, receive notification through the phone’s connections.
Samsung Galaxy Watch runs on Tizen OS 4.0, which is built specifically for smartwatches. Though it doesn’t have quite a lot of apps, the processing power is pretty good with Exynos 9110 dual-core 1.15GHz chipset, and with the ‘Always-on Display’ feature, and still lasting for many days, it’s quite an achievement, for the custom OS. The LTE version has 1.5GB RAM, while the Bluetooth version comes with 768MB RAM. Galaxy watch comes in with built-in Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant, that allows you to control all smartThings devices, and Samsung Pay(iOS incompatible). Samsung Pay allows you to make purchases through your watch on NFC payment terminals, though it is not yet compatible with iOS devices. The Galaxy Watch is charged via the wireless charger.
Using Galaxy Watch, you can check your messages (threaded-view), emails, IM messages, play music online(Spotify) or offline(4Gb internet storage) with built-in loudspeaker, or connect to Bluetooth headset. Through the smartThings app, you can stay connected to all your smart devices, even get security camera alerts on your watch, even if you are not in the home.
Samsung Galaxy Watch is priced at $329.99 for Bluetooth 42mm model, $349.99 for Bluetooth 46mm model. The LTE version will be launched later this year at T-mobile, Verizon, and AT&T, with the speculated pricing o $379/$399. Apple watch series 4 with watchOS 5.0 is coming later this year, and we have to see, how it competes with it.
Pre-order Samsung Galaxy Watch here.