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Samsung’s Galaxy Watch3 is what the Galaxy Watch2 should have been, if there was a Galaxy Watch2

By Zachary Chan - on 8 Aug 2020, 10:03am

Galaxy Watch3

Note: This article was first published on 6 August 2020.

During last night’s virtual Unpacked 2020 event where the Galaxy Note20 series headlined, Samsung also announced their latest smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch3.

Among the many health and fitness features that were highlighted, such as blood pressure (BP) monitor, electrocardiogram (EKG), blood oxygen (Sp02) sensor and V02 max calculations (finally), Samsung also showed off some really cool ecosystem functionality, such as the ability to stream over 120 fitness programs from the Samsung Health app from your phone to your TV, while using the watch to track and control your workout.

Samsung’s also boasting a library of over 80,000 watch faces that’s currently available on the Galaxy Store and about 40 complications that can be personalised. You can even snap a picture with your phone and use it as a thematic guide to create custom watch face patterns that are colour coordinated with your outfit. Lastly, there’s the triumphant return of the physical rotating bezel. This was, and still is, the best smartwatch control function I’ve used to date.

However, I noticed a distinct lack of mention during the presentation of any technical specifications. Samsung casually throws out some numbers: 4% thinner, 8% smaller and 15% lighter, but nothing was said about processor, battery life, charging speeds, or connectivity. And here’s why.

In August 2018, Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch. This was followed up with the sport-oriented Galaxy Watch Active in February 2019. Then in September 2019, Samsung updated the Watch Active with the Watch Active 2. There was never an update to the original Galaxy Watch, till now.  

So, while the Galaxy Watch3 is the real successor to the original Galaxy Watch, you can also see it as the non-active version of the Watch Active 2. Technically, it should really be called the Galaxy Watch2. If you look at the specs table below, it’ll all make sense. Besides some updates to storage and connectivity, all the major subsystems remain the same, so you can basically make an educated guess on performance and battery life from here.

 

Galaxy Watch3

Galaxy Watch Active 2

Display

45mm: 1.4” (34mm) / 41mm: 1.2” (30mm)
360 x 360 Super AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass DX

44mm: 1.4” (34mm) / 40mm: 1.2” (30mm)
360 x 360 Super AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

CPU

Exynos 9110 dual-core 1.15GHz

Exynos 9110 dual-core 1.15GHz

Memory / Storage

1GB RAM / 8GB ROM

LTE: 1.5GB RAM / 4GB ROM
BT: 768MB RAM / 4GB ROM

Battery

45mm: 340mAh  
41mm: 247mAh

44mm: 340mAh
40mm: 247mAh

OS

Tizen Wearable 5.5

Tizen Wearable 4.0

Connectivity

LTE (on LTE models only), 
Bluetooth 5.0, 
Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo

LTE (on LTE models only), Bluetooth 5.0,
Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC,
A-GPS/Glonass/Beidou

Durability

5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810G

5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810G

Sensor

Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Light Sensor,
Optical Heart Rate Sensor, Electrical Heart Sensor

Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Light Sensor,
Optical Heart Rate Sensor, Electrical Heart Sensor

Dimensions / Weight

45mm: 45 x 46.2 x 11.1 mm, 53.8g (Stainless Steel) / 43g (Titanium)

41mm: 41 x 42.5 x 11.3 mm, 48.2g (Stainless Steel)

44mm: 44 x 44 x 10.9 mm, 42g (Stainless Steel) / 30g (Aluminium)

40mm: 40 x 40 x 10.9 mm, 37g (Stainless Steel) / 26g (Aluminium)

Colours

41mm: Mystic Bronze,Mystic Silver

45mm: Mystic Black, Mystic Silver

45mm (Titanium): Mystic Black
 

Pre-Order

Pre-orders for the Galaxy Watch3 starts from 6 August 2020, Thursday, 10am at the Samsung Online Store or the Samsung Official Store in Lazada. Galaxy Watch3 pre-orders will be entitled to a 10,000mAh Wireless Power Bank (worth $$98), upon successful full payment for and collection or delivery of the pre-order.

Pre-orders from the Samsung Online Store can collect their devices from 17 August 2020, Monday via in-person collection at Samsung Experience Store or delivery.

Local Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy Watch3 will be available in Singapore from 21 August 2020, from M1, Singtel and StarHub, major consumer electronics & IT stores, Samsung Online Store, Samsung Experience Stores, and Samsung Official Stores in Lazada and Shopee.

Galaxy Watch3 Bluetooth

41mm: S$648
45mm: S$698

Galaxy Watch3 LTE

41mm: S$798
45mm: S$848

Galaxy Watch3 BT Titanium (Coming soon)

45mm: S$948

There is a specialTitanium variant of the Watch3, and we can't wait for it to be available.

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