Samsung Galaxy Watch is About to drop August 24
Samsung introduced a new Samsung Galaxy Watch Galaxy Note 9 event this morning in New York. And while it could end up being one of the best smartwatches Samsung has ever made, let me tell you one thing: you may want to hang tight and see what else is coming around the bend, too.
You see, it’s just the beginning of New Smartwatch Season. The Galaxy Watch arrives at the same time as the Note 9, on August 24. This also happens to be just before Google and Apple are expected to reveal new watches of their own.
Samsung’s watch costs $330 for the 42mm version, and $350 for the 46mm. (It starts at £279 in the UK, with Australian pricing still to come.) The watch will be available at Amazon, Best Buy and Samsung.com; orders on Samsung.com before Sept. 8, 2018 will receive a free Samsung watch band. LTE versions will be sold at a later date, for an unspecified price.
I got to wear Samsung’s newest watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch, at its Note 9 event in New York. It feels good, and looks good, and could very well be one of the best Android smartwatches on the market. But it’s also not a very big leap from Samsung’s previous smartwatches.
The Galaxy Watch drops the “Gear” name Samsung’s original, but it’s really a refined combination of the older and last year’s . The Gear Sport had water resistance for swimming, Spotify, and a smaller design. The Gear S3 had optional standalone cellular.
Returning for an encore is Tizen, Samsung’s own ecosystem of software and apps. The Galaxy Watch’s Tizen 4.0 OS will work on all Android phones, but Google’s Wear OS remains a more tightly integrated alternative for Google services like Assistant. For iPhone users, Samsung watches work…but you’re unlikely to want to ever choose one over an Apple Watch.
If you hate charging multiple devices, you might like Samsung’s new, which can charge the watch and the new Note 9 simultaneously. Apple has announced a similar device, powered by its AirPower technology, which could debut this fall alongside .
Who is the Galaxy Watch for, though, and will the price seem to high? Starting at $330, these watches are aiming for the same premium zone as the Apple Watch. And the upcoming (but no price given) LTE-equipped standalone models could cost significantly more. Most Wear OS and fitness watches from Fitbit and Garmin cost significantly less.
Stay tuned for a future review, but until we know what Google and Apple’s next smartwatches turn out to be like, Samsung Galaxy Watch may be hard to judge.
- Available in two different sizes: 42mm ($330) and 46mm ($350)
- Circular, rotating bezel
- Standalone LTE connectivity with call and text supporthttp://betechful.com/samsung-galaxy-note-9-release-date-price-news-leaks/
- AMOLED display
- Colors include rose gold, silver and midnight black
- Over 60,000 watch faces available from the Galaxy App Store
- High-res analog display with intergated touch function
- Military-grade Corning Gorilla DX+ glass
- 5 ATM water resistance
- Stress management features
- 21 indoor exercises, 39 tracked workouts
- Battery life: “several days on a single charge”
- Sold in 15+ countries on 30+ carriers (including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon)
- Available on Aug. 24