Samsung is back with a new smartwatch, and it's called the Galaxy Watch (*Updated with price*)
Samsung is back with a new smartwatch, and it's called the Galaxy Watch
Note: First published on 9th August, 2018, the article has been updated with local pricing and availability details.
In addition to the Galaxy Note9, Samsung has also unveiled its newest smartwatch: the Galaxy Watch.
Available in two sizes - 42mm (in black or rose gold) and 46mm (silver only) - the Tizen-based Galaxy Watch has an always-on OLED display that’s protected by Corning’s new Gorilla Glass DX+ cover glass. Like previous Gear watches, it has the trademark circular, rotating bezel that’s used for UI navigation. You also get plenty of hardware straps and software watchfaces to choose from to tailor the look for the occasion.
The Galaxy Watch also has a new “optimized” Exynos processor, which enables its battery to last for up to 80 hours. There will also be an LTE model, which means you can take calls, send messages, play music, and more without your phone around.
Samsung is also touting the Galaxy Watch’s new “stress management tracker”, which will automatically detect high levels of stress and offer users breathing exercises. The watch’s sleep tracker can track REM cycles, too.
The Galaxy Watch is also a fitness tracker. In addition to tracking a total of 39 workouts, Samsung Health can now log nutritional information, which means you can monitor your calorie intake on the watch.
Samsung Health isn’t the only Samsung service the Galaxy Watch supports. The wearable also works with Samsung Flow (for unlocking PCs and tablets), SmartThings (for smart home control), Samsung Pay (for secure payments), and Bixby. If you have a premium Spotify subscription, you can listen to songs offline or without a smartphone with the Spotify Offline mode.
The Galaxy Watch will be available starting in the U.S. on August 24, in Korea on August 31, and in additional select markets on September 14, 2018.
Local availability and pricing
The Galaxy Watch will be available starting October 6, 2018 through local telecommunications operators (M1, Singtel, and StarHub), major consumer electronics and IT stores, Samsung Experience Stores, Lazada Singapore, selected online marketplaces, and other authorized retailers. The recommended retail prices (with GST) for the device variants are:
- Galaxy Watch (46mm, Silver) - S$448
- Galaxy Watch (42mm, Midnight Black) - S$398
- Galaxy Watch (42mm, Rose Gold) - S$398
For the watch accessories:
- Galaxy Watch Silicone Strap (22mm) - Black, Blue, Gray - S$48
- Galaxy Watch Silicone Strap (20mm) - Black, Brown, Gray, Pink, Red, Silver, Violet, Yellow - S$48
- Brabola Urban Lux Leather Strap (22mm) - Black, Brown, Navy - S$68
- Brabola Urban Traveller Leather Strap (22mm / 20mm) - Black, Tan - S$68
- Brabola Essex Leather Strap (22mm / 20mm) - Black, Brown - S$68
- Brabola Urban Dress Leather Strap (20mm) - Lamb, Phonebox, Rose - S$48
Beginning October 6, 2018, consumers who purchase the Galaxy Watch will be entitled to receive a complimentary Wireless Charger Pad, worth S$78. The promotion is valid at all authorized retail outlets mentioned above.
Samsung is also having launch promotions for the Galaxy Watch that are exclusively available at the Galaxy Studio (Causeway point - 3rd to 7th October, Tampines Mall - 12th to 16th October, Compass One Mall - 24th to 28th October). Consumers who purchase the Galaxy Note9, Galaxy S9, or Galaxy S9+ at the Galaxy Studio will be entitled to an S$50 discount on their purchase of the Galaxy Watch.