Samsung surprised us at Unpacked 2018 with not only a new Note smartphone but a new smartwatch. The Galaxy Watch is Samsung’s latest wearable and has some crazy battery life predictions. The Galaxy Watch can supposedly go for days without charging. The full specifications are below if you’re interested in the geek stuff.
“At Samsung, we have a long history of providing consumers with choice, while maintaining innovation within our products, and we are excited to continue the proud heritage of our Galaxy line with our wearables,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “The new Galaxy Watch was designed for all lifestyles to help meet consumer needs, such as more efficient battery life to stay connected longer, and better wellness tracking to help users maintain their goals – we are delivering them with connected experiences, all at the touch of a wrist.”
Samsung really pushed the health connection for the Galaxy Watch. There are some new health features and software on their new watch all tied to your Galaxy smartphone.
Everyone has different health, wellness, and fitness goals; no matter what they are, Galaxy Watch helps you meet them. With a new stress management tracker, Galaxy Watch tracks your heart rate, and provides breathing exercises to help users stay focused. In addition, the Galaxy Watch’s advanced sleep tracking monitors all levels of sleep, including REM cycles, to help users get the rest they need to take on their day.
The Galaxy Watch’s advanced fitness tracking features keep you motivated, and on track. It automatically tracks six of the most popular exercises — walking, running, cycling, elliptical, training, rowing, and dynamic workouts — and features 21 new indoor exercises from a selection of 39 activities. And because balanced nutrition is as important as exercise, the Galaxy Watch is designed to help users track food and water intake. Input your meals and get personalized alerts from Samsung Health, or, use Bixby on your Galaxy device to automatically count calories, and get a personalized summary on your Galaxy Watch.
The Bluetooth 42mm version will be available for $329.99USD, and the 46mm version will be available for $349.99USD in the US at Amazon, Best Buy and Samsung.com starting August 24, 2018. The LTE version will be available at AT&T, Samsung.com, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon, along with select major national retailers later in 2018.
Pre-orders begin on August 10, 2018, and run through August 23, 2018, on Samsung.com. Consumers who preorder or order Galaxy Watch before September 8, 2018, on Samsung.com will receive a free Samsung watch band.
In Canada, the Bluetooth Galaxy Watch will be available at Samsung Experience Stores, online at Samsung.com and at major retail partners on Sept 21st, 2018. The LTE device will launch in Canada later this year. Bluetooth devices will be eligible for a pre-order promotion beginning August 24th until September 20th, 2018. If you pre-order the Bluetooth Galaxy Watch during this period at Samsung.com, a Samsung Experience Store, or Best Buy Canada, you will get a bonus wireless charger duo (value of $149.99CAD), to charge both the Galaxy Watch and your smartphone simultaneously.