Samsung had a busy day today with its Galaxy Unpacked event. The company went heavy on foldable smartphones with the announcement of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. However, the company also announced a solid-looking smartwatch and a new pair of Galaxy Buds.
What’s New With the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic?
Samsung announced that the Galaxy Watch 4 would come with plenty of good stuff, thanks in part to its partnership with Google on the OS. Samsung is calling its version of Wear OS “One UI Watch,” and it looks like it ticks all the boxes.
A particularly cool feature Samsung announced is that compatible smartwatch apps are automatically installed on your watch when the phone counterpart is installed on your smartphone. The company also says that settings like do not disturb and blocked callers are automatically synced between the watch and your phone.
The watch comes with multiple ways of controlling it: you can use Bixby, the touch screen, and various gestures.
The blending of Samsung and Google means that watch buyers will have access to Google services like Google Maps and Galaxy services like Samsung Pay, SmartThings, and Bixby.
Samsung is releasing both the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. The base model is a bit cheaper, starting at $249.99. It features a modern, minimalist design. The Classic starts at $349.99 and comes with a more timeless design featuring the rotating bezel that many Samsung fans love.
Both models are available for preorder today and scheduled to ship on August 27.
As far as the specs, both watches feature the new Exynos W920 5nm chip. They come with 1.5GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. The aforementioned OS is Wear OS Powered by Samsung with One UI Watch 3 over-the-top. There’s a wide range of sensors, including Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart, and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis.
The Galaxy Watch 4 comes in 40mm and 44mm sizes. The Classic comes in 42mm and 46mm options.
Galaxy Buds 2 Are Coming Soon
The Galaxy Buds 2 are very competitive in terms of price, coming in at $149.99. That’s pretty good for what these bring to the table in terms of features. They’re the company’s smallest and lightest earbuds so far, which is great if you’re not a fan of chunky earbuds.
Samsung added a new feature called the Earbud Fit Test to its Galaxy Wearable app. It will help you make sure you’re getting the optimal fit for your buds.
They come with Active Noise Cancellation, which is quite rare to find at this price point. There are also two-way speakers that promise solid highs and lows, though we’ll have to listen to them for ourselves to find out how they sound.
With noise cancelation turned on, Samsung says to expect about five hours of battery life. If ANC is off, you can add a little more, with an estimated lifespan of 7.5 hours.
These are also available for preorder now, and they’re scheduled to ship on August 27.
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