Samsung Unveils Tizen-Powered Galaxy Watch That Lasts ‘Several Days’ On Single Charge
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Alongside the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Home Speaker, Samsung took the wraps off its new Galaxy Watch wearable at its Unpacked event in New York City. VentureBeat reports: Beyond coming in rose gold, silver, and midnight black colors, it can be had in two sizes — the prior Gear S3 size is now called “46mm” and will start at $349.99, while a smaller-sized model is called “42mm” and will start at $329.99. Both will be available starting August 24, solely in the specific size and color configurations shown below. Samsung is also using improved glass: Gear S3 watches used Corning’s Gorilla Glass SR+ and were IP68 rated for 10-foot, 30-minute water and dust resistance. The Galaxy Watch upgrades to Corning Gorilla DX+ glass and promises to keep the AMOLED screen underneath fully water-safe; it’s rated for 5 ATM (165-foot/50-meter) submersion with IP68 and MIL-STD-810G certifications.
A disappointment in the new model is a reduction in its payment capabilities. The Gear S3 included both NFC and swipe-style magnetic secure transaction (MST) support to enable a wide array of Samsung Pay wireless purchases, but the Galaxy Watch drops MST support and only works with NFC. Not surprisingly, however, it does support Bluetooth 4.2 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. While continuing the use of a Tizen operating system from the Gear S3, Galaxy Watch packs a more powerful dual-core Exynos 9110 processor running at 1.15GHz. As was the case with the Gear S3 Frontier, the Galaxy Watch is available in Bluetooth-only and LTE versions, now promising LTE support across over 30 carriers in more than 15 countries. On stage, Samsung promised that the Galaxy Watch can be used for “several” days between charges; a subsequent press release said that it’s actually “up to 80+ hours with typical usage” on the 46mm model, which has a 472mAh battery, versus “45+ hours” from the 270mAh battery of the 42mm model. Each model promises at least twice the longevity “with low usage.”
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