the galaxy watch

Samsung came with a new smartwatch in a fresh branding.

The company released its Galaxy Watch at its annual Galaxy Note phone event today. It has 3G / LTE connectivity and wireless charging features.

A 46mm silver version and smaller 42mm black and rose gold versions are the models.  The company is linking the watch directly to its Galaxy smartphone and tablets line unlike its Gear watches.

It features:

  • 1.3-inch (46mm) or 1.2-inch (42mm) Super AMOLED touch display with Gorilla DX+ glass
  • 5 ATM water resistance and IP68 dust resistance
  • 472mAh battery (46mm) or 270mAh battery (42mm)
  • Runs Tizen OS 4.0
  • Exynos 9110 Dual cor 1.15 GHz processor
  • Heart rate monitor, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and barometer
  • LTE version 1.15GB of RAM and 4GB of storage
  • Bluetooth version 768MB of RAM and 4GB of storage

It will be available in the US on August 24th and in Korea on August 31st. More markets will get it on September 14th.

$329.99 and $349.99 is the cost in US for 42mm version and 46mm version respectively. Amazon, Best Buy, and Samsung.com are going to sell the product. The LTE version will be available through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Samsung.com later this year and the pricing is not known yet. A free watch band is gifted for anyone who preorders the Bluetooth models through Samsung.com before September 8th.

It has improved battery life which should long “several days” single charge, the company says.

There are some health-oriented features, which includes: heart rate monitoring to build a baseline for each user-It can detect if your heart is racing, and will prompt you to relax, tracks fitness and allows users to pick their activity, track sleep patterns and qualify how well you’re sleeping.

Unlike the Gear Sport which is for athletes, the galaxy watch is intended to be an everyday timepiece that can handle fitness tracking along with other more daily activities.

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