Samsung unveiled a new smartwatch today, the Galaxy Watch 3, which aims to leapfrog fitness and fashion, and get some of its favorite features from older wearables, along with the much-anticipated sleep and electrocardiogram tracking. Launched at the same time as the Galaxy Note 20, the Galaxy Watch 3 has a circular display surrounded by a physically rotating bezel for quick scrolling through applications and information.
Hopefully it will provide a middle ground for those who like Samsung’s previous fitness-focused smartwatch, as well as those who want to be better suited to their daily wear. The Watch 3 will be available in two sizes: 41mm and 45mm, each of which will offer optional built-in LTE communication capabilities. Optional LTE can be used for messages, calls, notifications, and for streaming music. Both LTE and non-LTE versions have Samsung Pay, NFC support, and even the Galaxy Watch 3 can be used to remotely control a smartphone’s camera.
Samsung uses stainless steel or titanium alloys on its case and has unearthed some of the expertise of IWC, a well-known watchmaker, in the design process. Compared to the old Galaxy Watch, the new Galaxy Watch is 14 per cent thinner, 8 per cent smaller and 15 per cent lighter. But because the borders are thinner, the 41mm and 45mm versions are packed into larger displays than before: 1.2 inches and 1.4 inches, respectively. Either way, they are IP68 waterproof, MIL-STD-810G compliant, rated 5ATM in water.
As before, health tracking is an important part of the Galaxy Watch 3. There are 40 types of motion supported, seven of which can be detected automatically, so smartwatches start tracking automatically. In addition, you can access different types of workouts with voice commands.
However, it is important to note that unless the user is in Korea, you will not get the Galaxy Watch 3’s ethis and blood pressure tracking function after opening the box. Samsung already has a built-in electrode that, as we’ve seen on the Apple Watch, can read if your heart rate is normal or show signs of atrial fibrillation(AFib). Blood pressure readings can also be obtained from the watch after initial calibration with a complete blood pressure cuff. Of course, as a feature of medical device supplies, they will not be available in the United States by default until Samsung obtains FDA approval.
Sleep tracking is the biggest hit of the year, and wearing the watch can now break down the rest time you get into deep sleep, the sleep cycle, the number of times you wake up in different cycles, and the total amount of sleep. It will give you a rating on the consistency of sleep time, quality, and wake-up time. Samsung says it should be more accurate than before, as previous sleep algorithms have focused on REM tracking.
The Galaxy Watch 3 has a samsung-owned Exynos 9110 dual-core 1.15GHz processor, 1GB of memory, 8GB of storage, and runs a Tizen OS 5.5, 41mm watch with a 247 mAh battery, and a 45mm watch with a 340 mAh battery. Both can be charged wirelessly — including charging from the PowerShare features of Samsung phones such as the new Galaxy Note 20 — and can be charged for about two days at a time.
The Galaxy Watch 3 goes on sale on August 6. The 41mm Bluetooth version will be $399.99, the 45mm will be $429.99; if you want a built-in LTE communication module, the 41mm price is $449.99 and the 45mm price is $479.99. The 41mm version will offer mystery bronze and mystery silver, while the 45mm smartwatch will bring mysterious silver and titanium alloy to the mysterious black.
On the strap side, the box will have a strap of the same color, while the mysterious black model of titanium will have a metal strap. Samsung will also launch a range of official replacement straps, but since the Galaxy Watch 3 uses a regular strap buckle – a 41mm watch with a 20mm strap and a 45mm version of the strap buckle is 22mm – you can use almost all third-party straps.