Samsung Galaxy Watch now official with Tizen, LTE, and More
Rumor had it that the newest smartwatch from Samsung would feature Google’s Wear OS on board, rather than Samsung’s own proprietary software, Tizen. And while there is officially a new smartwatch, it looks like Samsung’s sticking with its own go-to software.
Announced on Thursday, the newest smartwatch from Samsung is the Galaxy Watch. This drops the Gear S branding it has used for quite some time and brings it in line with the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note brand, which may help the smartwatch catch on with the public. Samsung unveiled two variants: 46mm and 42mm.
In the larger model, future Galaxy Watch owners will get a 1.3-inch circular Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360×360. The case is available in Silver. The watch features interchangeable straps which measure in at 22mm and a 472mAh battery under the hood. It’s powered by a 1.15GHz dual-core processor, with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. That’s for the Bluetooth model in both the 46mm and 42mm size options.
Meanwhile, the 42mm variant has a 1.2-inch circular Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360×360. The case will be available in either Midnight Black or Rose Gold. It has a 20mm interchange strap option and the battery measures in at 270mAh. Both smartwatches are IP68-rated for water and dust resistance, come packed with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and boast a heart rate monitor built in.
The LTE variant has 1.5GB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. It will be supported by AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the United States.
You can pre-order your Galaxy Watch of choice starting on Friday, August 10. When the 42mm and 46mm Bluetooth options go on sale on August 24, they will be available for $329.99 and $349.99, respectively, from Amazon, Best Buy, and Samsung’s website.
The LTE-connected Galaxy Watch will go on sale later this year from “AT&T, Samsung.com, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon, along with select major national retailers”. No word on pricing just yet, unfortunately.
So which Galaxy Watch are you going for?