In today’s Unpacked event, Samsung basically confirmed what we were already hoping to see on this year’s Galaxy Watch: hand gestures are in, and the rotating bezel is back!
Remember the talk we were having last week on YouTube?
It all came true. Samsung caved and brought the rotating bezel back, a feature many users found incredibly helpful when dealing with a small, rounded display.
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This time, however, it’s thinner than before due to the change in width and even weight of Galaxy Watch 3. The company refined the smartwatch even more and you’ll feel the results on your wrist.
There are still two sizes, of course, a 41mm and a 45mm and it looks very much like its predecessor. There are augmentations, of course, but at the software level.
Galaxy Watch 3 is capable of tracking 40 sports the moment you lift your wrist and give it a command. You can also use your hand to receive a call (by clenching and unclenching your fist) or to mute alarms or incoming calls (by rotating your wrist).
Health-wise, you’ll be able to count on VO2 Max and SpO2 (blood oxygen) readings later this year. Back home, in South Korea, users will also take advantage of ECG and blood pressure monitoring but not yet in US, where Samsung doesn’t have FDA approval.
And, this Galaxy Watch 3 will be able to alert your loved ones with an SOS message when a user falls or there are blood pressure anomalies.
The sleep tracking function also got an update; this means that the system will be able to monitor all four stages of sleep and keep a score of how well you’ve slept and when.
Other specs for Galaxy Watch 3:
- Exynos 9110 processor
- same battery life as with Galaxy Watch Active 2
- stress level monitoring
- Samsung Pay
- 5ATM water resistance
- LTE (with certain models)
Samsung seems to have covered their grounds with this smartwatch, adding all the features its major competitors do and everything we expected from a 2020 flagship smartwatch. If you decide to get it, good news: the smartwatch will become available tomorrow, at the price of $400 (41mm) or $30 (45mm) and starting from $449 for LTE models.
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