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(LEAD) Samsung showcases first smartwatch under Galaxy Watch brand

All News 01:29 August 10, 2018

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By Kang Yoon-seung

SEOUL, Aug. 10 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. on Friday showcased its first smartwatch with the Galaxy Watch name, which boasts better health-care-related features and a sleeker design than the preceding Gear brand.

The South Korean tech giant, which held a showcase event for the Galaxy Note 9 in New York, also introduced the hotly anticipated Galaxy Watch.

Samsung said it decided to change the name of its wearables from the previous title, Gear, to Galaxy as it wishes to deliver the same experience as Galaxy smartphones through its latest devices.

"We plan to continue the unique tradition of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy even in the wearable segment," said Koh Dong-jin, who heads Samsung's IT and mobile division. "The Galaxy Watch is a product that delivers optimized experiences for every lifestyle by reflecting the needs of customers."

The Galaxy Watch will be released in three versions, namely the silver-colored 46mm edition, along with the 42mm version, which will come in black and gold.

Maintaining the round design, Samsung said the new devices can deliver a ticking sound to make them feel like actual watches.

Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy Watch smartwatches (Yonhap)

Samsung Electronics said the 46mm edition can run for 80 hours on average, or up to 168 hours if it is set to minimum power mode. The 42mm edition can function for 45 hours on a single charge.

The battery capacity of the larger edition stands at 472mAh, while that of the smaller device is 270mAh.

The device's heartbeat sensor can analyze users' sleep patterns and provide tips to improve one's habits.

The latest smartwatch can keep track of 39 exercises, including running, walking, and cycling. It can also assist users with indoor activities, including push-ups or deadlifts.

The Galaxy Watch runs on Samsung's Tizen operating system and comes with the Bixby voice-assistance program. It is the original version of Bixby, not the updated version used on the Galaxy Note 9.

The long-term evolution (LTE) network editions will enable users to make phone calls or check maps during outdoor activities, Samsung added.

The devices also effectively connect to popular Samsung's applications, including SmartThings, which controls Internet-of-Things based appliances, or the health-care program Samsung Health.

Samsung said Corning's Gorilla Glass DX+ make the Galaxy Watch more scratch-resistant. It is 5-ATM waterproof and IP68 water-dust certified, and users can wear the device even when swimming.

Samsung said it plans to release a variety of wrist bands, including those made under cooperation with Switzerland-based Braloba, to help users customize the smartwach.

The new wearable devices will hit the global market on Aug. 24 along with the Galaxy Note 9. The price is estimated at 300,000 won (US$268).

The wearables showcased by Samsung at the event will connect to smartphones that run on systems higher than the Android 5.0 or iOS 9.0.

Samsung Electronics Co.'s 46-mm Galaxy Watch smartwatch (Yonhap)


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