After months of leaks, the Galaxy Watch is now official.
Samsung announced the new £329 Android Wear smartwatch at the same “Unpacked” event where it unveileed the Note 9 smartphone.
Samsung The Galaxy Watch is official
The round-faced timepiece works as a standalone device thanks to 3G LTE connectivity and even charges wirelessly.
But the launch model is Bluetooth only and comes with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.
Like the now-deceased Gear S3 smartwatch, it comes in two models: a 46mm silver version and smaller 42mm black and rose gold versions (both touting the familiar rotating bezel).
The Galaxy Watch is available to pre-order now, it ships September 7, and a 4G variant will be available exclusively through EE later this year.
Samsung The rose gold version
The 42 and 46mm models feature 1.2- and 1.3-inch circular AMOLED screens respectively. Both tout a resolution of 360 by 360 pixels and run on Samsung’s own Tizen operating software (no Android Wear here).
Improved battery life sounded like a top concern for Samsung, with the company announcing “several days” of use on a single charge. Inside lurks Samsung’s Exynos 9110 Dual-core 1.15 GHz processor.
It’s also a tough cookie thanks to its corning gorilla dx plus glass face and “military grade durability”.
Taking the fight to the Apple Watch, the focus here is also on health.
The Galaxy Watch packs a heart rate monitor that establishes a base rate for your heartbeat and includes a breathing guide feature, designed to help you relax when the pace speeds up.
There’s also a sleep tracker that keeps tabs on your sleep patterns and can pinpoint the amount of “quality rest” you’re getting.