The trend of wearables is growing and Samsung clearly doesn’t want to be left behind. It launched the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 at its virtual Unpacked event as an upgrade to the Samsung Active 2 and also to provide competition to the Apple Watch 5. The Galaxy Watch 3 comes with many upgrades and some unique features to ease the user experience of the customer.
With the Samsung Watch 3 fresh on the market, here are five things you need to know about the Galaxy Watch 3.
The Galaxy Watch 3 comes in two sizes – 41mm and 45mm models. $399 will get you the 41mm model while the 45mm model starts at $429. If you want your Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 with LTE so that you can make phone calls and respond to messages when your smartphone is out of Bluetooth range, you will have to part with an extra $50 to the base price of either model.
Design and Display
Samsung gave the Galaxy Watch 3 a fashionable wristwatch look. It features a genuine leather strap that matches the casing’s color. The physical rotating bezel also makes a comeback after Samsung had removed it entirely from the Galaxy Watch Active.
The Galaxy Watch 3 has a 360 x 360-pixel screen which is sharp, bright, and always-on. The 45mm Galaxy Watch 3 model has a 1.4-inch AMOLED display whereas the 41mm model comes with a 1.2-inch AMOLED display. The screen is made up of Corning Gorilla Glass DX. The 45mm model comes in two colors; Mystic Black and Mystic Silver whereas the 41mm model comes in Mystic Bronze and Mystic Silver.
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Features and Software
Samsung packed the Galaxy Watch 3 with lots of fitness and tracking features. The Watch can track a total of 40 activities of which seven can be tracked automatically. This means that you won’t always have to select what kind of exercise you’re doing beforehand. These seven auto-tracked activities are; running, walking, swimming, cycling, rowing, elliptical workouts, and dynamic workouts.
Samsung partnered with the National Sleep Institute to provide Galaxy Watch 3 wearers with insight on their REM cycle, plus a morning report on the quality of sleep plus coupled with tips on how to improve sleep. It’s trip detection sensors will be able to call emergency services on your behalf when it senses you took a hard and sudden fall as it has an FDA-approved ECG monitor that can detect signs of atrial fibrillation just like the Apple Watch.
Select models of the Samsung Watch 3 come with LTE support to enable you to pick up calls when you are not in the Bluetooth range. All the models support Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC and A-GPS/GLONASS/Beidou 7. The watch runs on Tizen OS 5.5 which is compatible with Android 5.0 or higher and iOS 9.0 or above. It uses a Samsung Exynos 9110 Dual-core 1.15GHz processor.
Apps and Storage
The Galaxy Watch 3 comes packed with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of non-expandable internal storage. It has a native app store but with limited third-party apps. The 8GB internal storage is just enough for you to save your favorite music off streaming apps like Tidal and Spotify, and also to download essential apps.
Both variants of the smartwatch can be charged wirelessly using Samsung’s Wireless Powershare feature. The 45mm has a 340mAh battery which, according to Samsung, can last two days of normal use while the 41mm model has a 247mAh battery which also promises two days of normal usage.
The wearables market is becoming crowded but the outstanding features of Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 are able to make it stand out. What thing about this watch can make you buy it? Share with us in the comments section.