Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy Note 9 at the ongoing Unpacked event in New York. But alongside the flagship phablet, the company also took the wraps off the Galaxy Watch.
With its latest smartwatch, Samsung has dropped ‘Gear’ from the nomenclature. Unlike the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung was successfully able to keep the smartwatch under the wraps until the launch event tonight. The overall design still reminds us of the Gear S3, but there are quite a few tweaks to keep things new. For instance, the smartwatch will now be available in two sizes – 42mm ala Apple Watch, and a bigger 46mm.
Other improvements include a tougher Corning Gorilla DX+ to protect the display. Speaking of which, the 42mm variant sports a 1.2-inch screen, while the 46mm sports a 1.3-inch screen. Both are circular Super AMOLED displays with 360×360 pixels resolution. Under the hood is an Exynos 9110 dual-core chipset clocked at 1.15GHz.
There will again be two variants to choose from. One will only feature Wi-Fi connectivity, while the second will feature Wi-Fi+LTE. Samsung says this time you can use the LTE smartwatch independently, without having to keep it connected to a smartwatch. The LTE variant features 4GB internal storage, and 1.5GB of RAM, while the Wi-Fi only variant comes with 4GB internal memory and 768MB of RAM.
Fitness enthusiasts will be happy with the smartwatch’s capability to recognize and support 39 workout modes. Of these, the smartwatch can automatically start recording six types of workouts. This is a big upgrade over the Gear S3, which only supported 10 modes. The new smartwatch can also be safely taken underwater when swimming.
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As for battery, the 42mm variant features a 270mAh unit, while the 46mm variant features a 472mAh unit. Though the battery life varies depending upon the usage, the 46mm variant is said to offer 80 plus hours or usage. The 42mm variant, on the other hand, is said to offer 45 plus hours of typical usage.
Samsung has revealed that the Galaxy Watch will be available starting in the US from August 24, in Korea from August 31, and in select other countries from September 14.