The Samsung Galaxy Watch has got a makeover, alongside the Note 9 the Korean Company has released a more robust line up of watches and styles including three new watch faces in Silver, Midnight Black and Rose Gold, and new customizable watch band colours.
For the first time, Galaxy Watch features analogue watch ticks and hourly chimes, and a depth effect that casts shadows defining every detail on the watch face for a traditional look and feel.
The Watch, which will come in two sizes – one with a 46 mm face diameter, and one with a 42mm face – will feature a battery life of up to seven days with light usage (very long for an eSIM-enabled smart watch), or 81 hours of heavier usage.
The smaller version will have a slightly shorter battery life, Samsung officials said, due to it having a smaller battery.
The new watch uses an electronic SIM similar to the eSIM in Apple’s Watch Series 3, by adding a SIM the wearer gets a second device on the same phone number as his or her main phone.
There is also new stress management tracker2, which automatically detects high levels of stress and offers breathing exercises to help keep users centred and focused.
In addition, a new advanced sleep tracker3 monitors all levels of sleep, including REM cycles, to help users adjust sleeping habits and get the rest they need to take on their day.
There are also 21 new indoor exercises, tracking a total of 39 workouts that allow consumers to customize and change up their routines.
Samsung claims that because balanced nutrition is as important as exercise, the new Galaxy Watch makes it easier than ever with a new calorie tracking and personalized alert app. In addition, users can stay on track of their meals using Bixby Vision on their Galaxy device.
For the fashion conscious, the new models come in new models sizes and styles with a silver, 46mm version and 42mm option in black or rose gold.
Users can customize Galaxy Watch even more with a selection of watch faces and straps including options from Braloba, a manufacturer of high quality watch straps. Galaxy Watch carries the legacy of Samsung’s smartwatches with its trademark circular, rotating bezel while embracing the digital look with Always On Display, in addition to improved usability.
In addition, Galaxy Watch’s certified military-level durability4 with Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ and industry-leading water resistance with a 5 ATM rating5 allows for long-lasting use, no matter the environment.
The Galaxy Watch is due to be available to purchase in Australia from October 4, 2018. Both the SIM and Bluetooth models can be purchased from select operator and retail partners as well as Samsung experience stores and online.
The Galaxy Watch will be available in Midnight Black, Silver and Rose Gold, in two watch face sizes (46mm and 42mm). The cellular model will be priced from $649 (RRP) and the Bluetooth model from $549 (RRP).
Garry McGregor, Vice President of Samsung Australia’s Mobile Division, said:
• “The Galaxy Watch is a beautifully crafted timepiece that delivers on both style and functionality.
• “The network connectivity of the cellular Galaxy Watch will give people the freedom to leave both their phone and wallet at home while staying connected through voice and data, along with the benefits of Samsung Pay.
• “Samsung Pay was the first mobile wallet in Australia to integrate with all of the ‘Big Four’ banks, Galaxy Watch users can tap and pay transactions on-the-go.
• “The cellular model provides a true e-SIM experience, so customers can also use their Galaxy Watch when roaming overseas, which we believe sets our smartwatch apart from our competitors.”