Samsung Electronics on Thursday launched a new Galaxy Watch that comes with long-lasting battery life, LTE connectivity, wellness capabilities and personalised designs.
Galaxy Watch will be available starting in the US on August 24 and in additional select markets on September 14, the company announced at its Galaxy Note 9 launch event.
The Galaxy watch will come in two versions, 46mm silver and smaller 42mm black and rose gold versions. According to a report in Verge, the company is â€śforgoing its previous Gear branding and is instead tying the watch more directly to its Galaxy smartphone and tablet line.â€ť
Galaxy Watch will be available in Silver, Midnight Black and Rose Gold colours.
"The new Galaxy Watch has been designed for all lifestyles to help meet consumer needs, such as more efficient battery life to stay connected longer," said D.J. Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics.
Galaxy Watch's LTE connectivity is available across over 30 carriers and more than 15 countries.
Samsung also showcased a smart speaker called Galaxy Home with Bixby built-in. The speaker, which sits on an attached tripod will reportedly have the ability to pick up streams from a Galaxy phone and hand it off to the speaker. Galaxy Home has eight microphones to be able to hear a voice even from a long distance. The company also announced a partnership with music streaming service Spotify.
The highlight of the launch event was however, the 6.4-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which comes in four colours and two variants -- 6GB RAM and 128GB in-built internal memory (expandable up to 512GB) and 8GB RAM with 512GB ROM that can be expandable up to 1TB with an additional 512GB microSD card -- a delight for the gamers and heavy-duty users.
The device runs Android 8.1 Oreo OS, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset for the US customers and the models powered by Samsung's very own "Exynos 9 Series 9810" chips will head to the rest of the world, including India.
The device has 12MP + 12MP dual camera system with dual optical image stabilisation (OIS) at the rear -- with 2 times more powerful optical zoom and up to 10 times powerful digital zoom -- and an 8MP front shooter.
Note 9 with Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display houses 4000mAh battery -- 21 per cent bigger that Note 8 -- that is paired with fast-charging technology compatible with both wired and wireless charging.