Samsung Galaxy Watch With Always On Display Launched

Samsung Galaxy Watch With Always On Display Launched

Samsung Galaxy Watch With Always On Display Launched

by August 11, 2018

Samsung Galaxy Watch was unveiled along with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 at an event in New York. Samsung has rebranded its smartwatch series and does not use the “Gear S” for its smartwatches anymore. Reports indicated the reason behind this to be a shift in the operating system from Samsung’s own Tizen OS to Wear OS by Google. However, Samsung has retained the Tizen-based Wearable OS 4.0 build.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch has been launched in the 42mm and the 46 mm variants. The options come with different battery capacities, display sizes and resolution, as well as colour options. At the launch event, the company also announced the Wireless Charger Duo. The Charger enables users to charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 9 as well as their Galaxy watch at the same time. It does not allow the users to simultaneously charge the Galaxy Home.

“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,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics, in a statement following the launch.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is priced at $329.99, which converts to around Rs. 22,600 for the 42mm variant. The 46mm variant of the watch starts at a price of $349.99, which roughly converts to Rs. 24,000. The smartwatch will be available for sale in the US from the 24th of August. It will be available for sale in South Korea from 14th September. These prices of the LTE variant have not yet been revealed by the company.

The 46mm variant of the smartwatch will be available with a Silver body. As for the straps, the users are provided options such as Onyx Black, Deep Ocean Blue, Basalt Grey etc. for interchangeable straps. The 42mm variant will be available in body options such as Midnight Black and Rose Gold apart from Onyx Black, Lunar Grey, Terracotta Red, Lime Yellow, Cosmo Purple, Pink Beige, Cloud Grey, and Natural Brown colours.

Samsung lists the Galaxy Watch’s LTE connectivity and wellness capabilities as its USP feature. The company claims that the 46mm variant of the smartwatch can provide over 80 hours of typical usage time on a single charge while the 42 mm variant can provide over 45 hours on a single charge. Samsung claims that the Galaxy Watch supports LTE connectivity with over 30 carriers and over 15 countries.

Samsung has also conveyed that the Galaxy Watch features a new stress management tracker. The tracker can automatically detect high levels of stress and offers breathing exercises. It also offers a new sleep tracker which can monitor all levels of sleep, including REM cycles.

In terms of fitness, Samsung says the Galaxy Watch packs in 21 new indoor exercises and enables users to track 39 workouts. Samsung is also touting calorie tracking and personalised nutrition alerts. Bixby Vision, on an associated Galaxy device, will provide the users with nutritional information for their meals. This information will be logged in Samsung Health and on the watch as well. The Galaxy Watch is believed to come with a plethora of choices for watch faces and straps, including straps made by Braloba.

As for its features, the smartwatch features as “Always On Display”. For the first time on any wearable produced by the company, it is offering analogue watch ticks and hourly chimes on the smartwatch. The smartwatch is MIL-STD-810 certified for durability. It packs in Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ to ensure safety of the smartwatch. The smartwatch boasts of “industry-leading water resistance” at 5 ATM. The smartwatch features IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.

The Samsung Galaxy smartwatch’s 46mm variant features a 1.3-inch Super AMOLED display. It comes with a resolution of 360×360 pixels. Its dimensions are 46x49x13mm, weighs 63 grams, and supports a 22mm interchangeable strap. The 46mm variant is powered by a 472mAh battery.

The Galaxy Watch 42mm variant sports a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display. Its resolution is 360×360 pixels. It measures 41.9×45.7×12.7mm, weighs 49 grams, and supports 22mm interchangeable straps.

Common specifications between both the variants of the smartwatch include the dual-core Samsung Exynos 9110 SoC that is clocked at 1.15GHz. The LTE variants feature 1.5GB of RAM which comes down to 768 MB for regular Bluetooth-based variants. The smartwatch variants come with 4GB of inbuilt storage. The smartwatch can seamlessly connect with 3G/LTE, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, and A-GPS. The sensors on board the smartwatches include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, gyroscope, and heart rate monitor. Both smartwatches support WPC-based wireless charging and are compatible with smartphones running Android 5.0 and later or iOS 9.0 and later i.e iPhone 5 and above.