Samsung Galaxy Watch is announced in two sizes with LTE and multi-day battery life

Samsung Galaxy Watch is announced in two sizes with LTE and multi-day battery life
Surprise, surprise! It turns out that Samsung had one more thing to show us at today's Unpacked event. Soon after the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was introduced on stage, the long-rumored Galaxy Watch was also made official. 

Samsung's presentation of the Galaxy Watch was brief, but informative enough to give us an idea of what to expect out of the new wearable. The watch adopts many of the traits and features we already knew from the Gear S3 and the Gear Sport, such as the circular display and the rotating bezel around it used for navigating the interface. 

What's new with the Samsung Galaxy Watch is that it comes in two sizes. A 42mm-wide variant will be available in either black or rose gold, alongside a bigger, 46mm model that will come in silver only. Standard 20- and 22-millimeter wristbands can be used, giving us more personalization freedom. All of these design refinements should make the watch more appealing to both ladies and gentlemen. 

But the Samsung Galaxy Watch is also tough. It complies with military-grade tests for durability and is waterproof down to 50 meters, so it can be safely used in the swimming pool. The display is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass DX+, which is a special type of scratch-resistant glass designed specifically for smartwatches.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch in rose gold, silver, and black
The Samsung Galaxy Watch in rose gold, silver, and black
The Samsung Galaxy Watch in rose gold, silver, and black

The Samsung Galaxy Watch in rose gold, silver, and black


Now that we've mentioned the display, the 42- and 46-millimeter models of the Galaxy Watch sport 1.2- and 1.3-inch circular AMOLED screens respectively. Both pack resolution of 360 by 360 pixels so they should be plenty sharp. As before, an always-on display option is available, although leaving it activated will undoubtedly impact the wearable's battery life.

And speaking of battery life, the matter has been addressed by integrating a specialized, low-power processor inside the Galaxy Watch, namely the dual-core Exynos 9110. The Galaxy Watch should easily last several days between charges – or over 80 hours according to Samsung's tests, to be more precise. This figure may be small if we compare the Galaxy Watch to a basic fitness tracker, but for a full-fledged smartwatch, that kind of longevity is impressive.

Digging further down its specs sheet, the Samsung Galaxy Watch stands out with its built-in LTE connectivity, giving it 24/7 internet access. In other words, it can be used as a stand-alone device without being tethered to a smartphone. Curiously, a Bluetooth-only model may be also in the cards, looking at the official product page. 

Samsung Galaxy Watch is announced in two sizes with LTE and multi-day battery life

To no surprise, the Galaxy Watch runs Samsung's own Tizen operating system, which is known for its excellent responsiveness and power efficiency. Samsung highlighted multiple wellbeing features during the presentation, including the wearable's ability to detect elevations in the user's stress level, which in turn displays a suggestion to perform a quick breathing exercise. Furthermore, the Galaxy Watch's ability to track sleep can inform you how much quality sleep you get at night. 

By partnering up with Spotify, Samsung is also allowing Galaxy Watch users to stream their favorite playlists directly to their wearable and to even save them onto its 4GB of built-in storage for offline use. Samsung Pay is also present, although it seems to work over NFC only, as compatibility with the old-school magnetic stripe technology isn't listed in the specs sheet. Bixby, Samsung's AI-powered personal assistant, is accessible on the Galaxy Watch.

The Galaxy Watch release date is set for August 24, meaning that it will launch alongside the Galaxy Note 9 in the US. It will later become available in Korea on August 31. Other markets will follow on September 14.

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31 Comments

1. R3DgRu

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

What is screen resolution?

7. Tipus

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Read the article

12. R3DgRu

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

I see it was updated. It is 360x360 pixels so no increase. I am bit dissapointed but might get this anyway.

18. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1216; Member since: May 01, 2017

It's a tiny watch screen for crying out loud... we're you expecting the same resolution as the Note?

23. R3DgRu

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Nope, but I was hoping a bit more than previous. Analog watchfaces would look much better. High resolution is much more important on smartwatch than on smartphone imo.

24. doublestandardz

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

get a job.

2. antroid

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I will see reviews of this watch before I would judge, hopefully it will be around 3-4 days at least

16. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

if you plan to charge it every night, then you'd be okay if you forgot, or if you went away and forgot your charger. Might be struggling if you went on holiday without the charger though.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3870; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Still large like the s3 but love that Samsung continues to push forward especially when it comes to battery life.

4. apple-rulz

Posts: 1896; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

The previous Classic version was much better looking.

5. Hollowmost

Posts: 414; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

The mother of all smartwatches in the world.

13. surethom

Posts: 1610; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

42mm is sporty black NO thanks, where are all the true classic stainless steel smartwatches.

17. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

Looks like there's a manly black option and a girly rose gold option. Could do with something in between?

14. phonedroid

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 15, 2017

NFC only payments, this takes away MST one of my favorite features.

21. surethom

Posts: 1610; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Love that sleep tracking is integrated, wish wear OS has sleep tracking integration.

22. phonedroid

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 15, 2017

I agree, hope the new pixel watches will have better health tracking. They are going to have to, as galaxy watch does, garmins does, and apple is going to have some new improved health features.

25. Foxgabanna

Posts: 579; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

The gear S3 frontier looks better than this.

26. doublestandardz

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

i was onboard until found out it still has Tizen! f that sheet. i will wait and check out the android offerings this fall.

27. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

The gold one is gorgeous. It looks like my old Cartier round watch from the 80s. I am going to get it!

28. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

The design on the watch is outstandingly horrible! They tried to copy Apple with the digital crown an put their own spin on it, but have failed miserably. The OS is slow and stutters in the hands on videos. Once again Samsung have released a half baked product for the morons who worship Samsung to buy. (Actually even they don't buy it! LMAO)

30. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1504; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

You cry too much lmaooooooooo....... Note : I'm not a Samsung fan.

31. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Poor little kid. Truth hurts...

32. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1504; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

But does that changes the truth that you cry too much?

36. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

lol, he mad. Get an S3 Frontier and be happy again!

29. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

The design on the watch is outstandingly horrible! They tried to copy Apple with the digital crown an put their own spin on it, but have failed miserably. The OS is slow and stutters in the hands on videos. Once again Samsung have released a half baked product for the morons who worship Samsung to buy. (Actually even they don't buy it! LMAO)

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