Well we kinda knew this already when Samsung leaked its own watch on its own website a couple of weeks back.
But now we have proper confirmation from Unpacked that the Samsung Galaxy Watch is absolutely happening. Here's what you need to know.
This post was originally published on August 10 at 02:00am
“At Samsung, we have a long history of providing consumers with choice, while maintaining innovation within our products, and we are excited to continue the proud heritage of our Galaxy line with our wearables,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics.
“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.”
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The primary feature of the Galaxy Watch is connection, particularly through improved battery life.
Under standard usage, such as LT, Bluetooth, messaging and some music streaming the battery can last up to 80 hours, which eliminates the need for daily charging.
For low usage, the battery can last up to seven days.
It should be noted though that these figures are based on the 46mm model. The 42mm model is smaller and therefore has a smaller battery life.
Connectivity overseas is also a priority, with over 30 countries being Samsung Galaxy Watch ready.
In addition to the expected smart watch features such as reminders, messages and scheduling, the Galaxy Watch is pushing heavily into the fitness and wellness space, with a particular focus on the latter.
In addition to offering 39 different exercise tracking types (including benching, squats and cool downs) the Galaxy Watch also includes a more holistic health experience with its new stress management tracker.
This automatically detects high levels of stress and offers breathing exercises to help keep users cetered and focused.
It also adds to the sleep tracking experience by monitoring all levels of sleep, including REM cycles, to help users adjust sleeping habits and get the rest they need to take on their day.
Nutrition is also present with calorie tracking and personalised alerts. In addition, users can stay on track of their meals using Bixby Vision on their Galaxy device. To take a photo of each meal and instantly log nutritional information in Samsung Health and on Galaxy Watch for better calorie management.
The Galaxy Watch comes in a silver 46mm version and 42mm option in black or rose gold. Users also have the option of industry standard straps.
It has also been military specced with 5ATM and can be taken up to 50 metres in fresh water
The Galaxy Watch also comes with the trademark circular, rotating bezel while embracing the digital look with Always On Display, in addition to improved usability.
It is also designed to fit into the Galaxy Ecosystem creating a seamless experience with SmartThings, Samsung Health, Samsung Flow, Samsung Knox, Samsung Pay, Bixby and with partnerships like Spotify and Under Armour.
It can even sync with your calendar so you can stay on top of your appointments and free time.
Seamlessly connected devices have been a huge focus of Unpacked this year, so this makes sense.
We are still waiting to hear whether the cellular versions will work with non Samsung phones.
Pricing starts at $549 for the 42mm and $599 for the 46mm Bluetooth devices and $649 for the 42mm and $699 for the 46mm cellular devices.
They will be available in Australia on October 4.