Samsung, at an event in New York today, bid adieu to its Gear branding for smartwatches. Instead, the company today introduced the Galaxy Watch, a premium wearable with all the bells and whistles including LTE and military-grade durability.
The new Samsung Galaxy Watch comes with an OLED screen which has a layer of Gorilla DX+ glass and the company’s signature rotating bezel for navigating around the interface. In addition, Samsung claims it’s running on a customized chipset which allows for a “several-day” battery life. The watch is water resistant too and has an exterior that’s rated for military-grade durability.
Being an Apple Watch competitor, the Galaxy Watch, of course, also comes with LTE support for which Samsung has partnered with several carriers in the United States. Obviously, all the usual fitness features are available too. Samsung says the Galaxy Watch can automatically detect about thirty-nine exercises. The watch has a heart rate sensor too and can monitor your sleep routines. It still runs on Samsung’s own Tizen OS instead of Google’s Android Wear.
There’s even a feature which, if your heart rate is rising, suggests you relax. Samsung’s smartwatch app ecosystem now has over 60,000 watch faces, although it didn’t reveal the number of third-party apps available. You can also configure a daily briefing which will send you traffic alerts, forthcoming appointment schedule and more in the morning.
Samsung is yet to announce any pricing or availability details.