Most people expected Samsung to announce the Galaxy Gear S4 smartwatch alongside the supersized Galaxy Note 9 but not us! Or you, if you saw the leak from a few days ago that revealed the fact that Samsung’s latest smartwatch is simply called the Galaxy Watch.
Naming aside, let’s see what exactly shared the stage with the much-anticipated Galaxy Note 9 at Samsung’s Unpacked 2018 event.
The rebranded Gear S4, which we’ll have to call Galaxy Watch from now on, brings a major perk: up to 7 days of battery life with wireless charging.
Running Samsung’s own Tizen OS, not Google’s Android Wear OS, the Galaxy Watch brings Bixby on your wrist and 3G / LTE connectivity, with an Exynos 9110 dual-core 1.15 GHz processor. The LTE version brings 1.15 GB of RAM and 4 GB of storage, while the Bluetooth one has the same amount of storage but settles for 768 MB of RAM.
On the looks front, Samsung will offer two models: a 46 mm silvery version and a 42 mm option available in black and rose gold.
Both of them come with Super AMOLED touch displays with Gorilla DX+ glass and are rated IP68 dust resistant and 5 ATM water resistant.
Surprisingly enough, the more fashion-conscious 42 mm Galaxy Watch will cost $329 while its larger brother will go for $349. You can’t put a price tag on fashion but you sure can on screen size and battery! While the 42 mm Galaxy Watch offers a 270 mAh battery, the bigger brother has a 472 mAh one under the hood.
Speaking of price tags, if you hurry and pre-order the Bluetooth version on Samsung.com before September 8 you’ll get a free watch band.