Samsung Galaxy Watch goes solo with seven-day battery life and 4G connectivity

Everything you need to know about the new Samsung smartwatch

The Samsung Gear S4 has arrived. Except it's not called the Gear S4. The number and the word Gear have been ditched and replaced by the new Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Going toe-to-toe with the Apple Watch Series 4, we've already run the rule over the smartwatch in our Samsung Galaxy Watch review. And we really liked it in both 46mm and 42mm forms, putting it up with the very best smartwatches to buy right now.

Essential reading: Samsung Galaxy Watch v Gear S3

If you just want a run down of the key features and what to expect from the new Samsung smartwatch, we pick out the key specs, features and all-important pricing details that you need to know.

Samsung Galaxy Watch: Design and waterproofing

Samsung Galaxy Watch goes solo with seven-day battery life and 4G connectivity

(Left, Galaxy Watch 42mm; Right, Galaxy Watch 46mm)

As we've already mentioned, the Galaxy Watch is available in two different sizes for the first time: a silver 46mm version and either black or rose gold in the 42mm option. A Samsung Galaxy Watch LTE model will also be up for grabs in the coming months. There's also the Samsung Galaxy Watch Golf Edition, which is essentially the same watch with added some added software to make it more useful for your next round of golf. Unfortunately this one will only be available to buy in Samsung's native Korea.

When it comes to straps, the 46mm option supports 22mm interchangeable straps with the 42mm compatible with 20mm bands. Speaking of compatibility, all of the Galaxy Watches are compatible with iPhones and Android phones if you're looking for an Apple Watch alternative.

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In terms of the physical specs, the 42mm option features a 1.2-inch, 360 x 360 Super AMOLED always-on display, weighing 49g and officially clocks in at 41.9 x 45.7 x 12.7mm. And that's slightly different to the 46mm Galaxy Watch, which comes in at 46 x 49 x 13mm, weighs 63g and packs a 1.3-inch always-on screen with the same 360 x 360 resolution. Both Galaxy Watches are waterproof with a 5ATM certification, letting you take them for a swim at up to 50 metres deep.

Samsung Galaxy Watch: Tizen OS and health and fitness features

Both Galaxy Watches come running Tizen OS 4.0 - not Wear OS, as was rumoured pre-announcement. That gives you staple features like full notification support for WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and more. There's plenty of Galaxy Watch faces to choose from too, and downloadable apps including the only dedicated Spotify app on any wearable, while you'll be able to store health and fitness data in Samsung Health.

Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm)
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You still get that now-signature rotating bezel, NFC for payments, 4GB of internal memory, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a speaker/mic setup for making and taking phone calls. That also unlocks the ability to access Bixby, Samsung's assistant answer to Siri, Google Assistant and of course Amazon Alexa.

On the sensor front, there's plenty here to track movement and more. There's a heart rate monitor, although no support for third-party heart rate monitors. There's also an accelerometer, gyro, barometer and an ambient light sensor.

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Letting users cut away from their smartphones and go standalone is clearly a much more real experience with the Galaxy Watch, thanks to its improved battery life and 4G capabilities, but the device also debuts new wellness and exercise features from Samsung.

The Watch is able to automatically detect high levels of stress and offer users breathing exercises to help keep them relaxed and focused, while also track sleep cycles during the night. Then, during more active hours, the Galaxy Watch will be able to offer 21 new indoor exercises, tracking a total of 39 workouts, and also let users log details of their nutrition through Bixby Vision on a Galaxy device. This is smartwatch fit for running, swimming and cycling.

But wait, there's more. Wearers can control devices on the Watch through the SmartThings app, keep information secure through Samsung Knox and unlock their PC using Samsung Flow.

Samsung Galaxy Watch: Battery life and missing features

We mentioned the improved battery life, which differs between the two models. With the 46mm Galaxy Watch, Samsung claims you'll be able to get around seven days in low usage and up to four days with the 42mm version with the same low usage.

In terms of the charger, it's a near identical to the one that ships with the Gear S3 and the Gear Sport. So a small, black cradle that you can place the Watch inside of.

Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm)
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So the Galaxy Watch appears to be packing in a lot for users to play with, but not everything that was rumoured made it to the device. For example, prior to the official announcement, blood pressure monitoring was touted as a potential feature of the Galaxy Watch. However, this did always feel a little unlikely, given that devices require FDA approval in order to include the tracking. Instead, it appears as though the wait will go on until will see this come to a mass-market smartwatch.

Samsung Galaxy Watch: Price and release date

The 42mm Galaxy Watch is available for $329.99 while the 46mm version costs $349.99. Both are available in the US via Amazon, Best Buy and Samsung.com. In the UK, you can also pick them up from Amazon and retailers like John Lewis and Currys PC World.

The LTE version of the watch will arrive on T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Spring later in 2018. We're still awaiting on LTE details in the UK. There's no indication on pricing, but the luxury of an untethered experience is certain to cost you more.

Samsung Galaxy Watch goes solo with seven-day battery life and 4G connectivity


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  • JlamarJ·

    My Gear S2 3G just received Samsung Pay Beta. Had to authorize cards which are already authorized on my phone then found out I need to maintain a password on my watch. The point, these benefits were promised nearly a year ago. The S3 seems like a great watch for me, but we are all waiting two months since the intro. Now we're talking about the S4. 

    • hav·

      yup the battery probs on note 7 hmmmm gear s3 batteries a bit of a worry were they out of same factory???

      • Gadgetonomy·

        I know what you mean. I wouldn't buy an Apple watch now after i heard about that iphone 7 exploding. I don't eat toast anymore either after a piece of bread caught fire in my toaster. It's worrying. I don't blame you for worrying too poor lamb. 

  • HowitzerUK·

    Come on guys, 30 seconds of research and you would see this on the Gear S3 microsite:

    Chipset

    Exynos 7270, Dual 1.0GHz

    Why else would they announce mass production of the chip a month before their next smartwatch comes out?

  • EdM·

    just because of a smaller nanometer processor capability doesnt mean that the devices size 'should be decreased; the bulky smartwatches are far more appealing than a small device. I hope Samsung recognizs this and also that its a benefit too have a larger sized smartwatch device for more room of heat dissipation within the enclosed smartwatch. I would highly prefer a larger smartwatch size like GearS3 or larger compared to an smaller!  

    • EdM·

      Exynos 7 is said too be the 14nanometer 'sized' processor chip with many other, additional operations inside. This smaller sized chipset 'Doesnt mean' that Samsung 'should' decrease the size of a Smartwatch device; which many 'internet- commenters' are directing their assumptions towards within public anouncement of the smaller chipset! "Internal heat dissipation" will be a bonus feature of a physically large, internally spacious smartwatches!   

  • Gadgetonomy·

    Please stop with LAME jokes about fires and explosions. It's bad enough when trolls hit the comments section with a joke that they think is original when in reality it's been said a thousand times, but for tech sites like yourself is kind of cringeworthy. 

  • pipeline·

    WATERPROOF.

    Salt Waterproof. I want to surf with this watch. 

    It would be a total game changer.

    • HanTatar·

      At this moment, I would be extremely happy if they would make S3 waterproof - really waterproof, so I can swim with it.

  • acer24xc·

    I'll never buy another samsung smart watch until late they get rid of the turn bezile. I can't use that at work!. I have the gear s and I love it and hope they come back with a smooth version like that agian.

  • Freddy·

    I am sure glad that I didn't buy an Apple watch.  I was waiting for Apple to come out with stand alone phone capability and Samsung beat them to it.  Then I noticed that samsung has additional features like longer battery life and rotatable bezel and knew instantly that was the watch for me.  The square looking Apple watch looks like a childs toy next to the samsung watch!  Samsung is so far ahead of Apple that I expect Apple to drop out of the watch business.

  • Tigerfly·

    I've looked at a lot of info but can't seem to get an answer. WILL the S3 watch record your steps while using a Golf app at same time. Want to use for playing golf and getting my distances. Friend of mine has the Garmin Approach and it will do that. Thanks.

  • Sleekguy·

    Image of the new Gear Sport has leaked and it looks slimmer then Gear 3. Run Tizen 3.0 from the box. Also a new version of IconX is going to be realesed on the Gear event 30th of August. Model nr is SM-R140 and looks like it going to arrive in three colours. Hopefully battery life is better now.

  • fianto.rief·

    What to expect? Here some advice for a runner (half-marathoner) like me:

    - Upgrade the GPS performance

    - Pre-installed Nike+ App/Make it competible again with Nike+ App. Or make the a Nike+ edition, would be fine.

    I just want to continue what I started in Nike+. But also, I love Samsung device.

  • johnnygrinter·

    Very interested unless they make only one small model. I want a big watch with a big screen. I've been waiting a long time for this and if they don't at least make a bigger model (at least the size of the S3 - not thickness but overall screen size and manliness, I will be very annoyed.

    I need Google Pay as Samsung Pay is extremely bizarrely not available with my major UK bank.

  • babuji·

    Why samsung can't give us heads up what to expect from Samsung gear S4. I just got gift of S3 and samsung sales rep keep on telling me to wait but how long should i wait and why? they said they are not allowed to tell. why so much secretive from customers. I hate surprises.

  • Zyphent·

    Tizen is upsetting, I hate Samsungs app store.. though new workouts is nice. I was baffled that I couldn't log simple Pushups on my Gear Sport...

  • stepank·

    It is actually 5 atm. The info is from the presentation and it is also confirmed by Samsung's web site:

    *Galaxy Watch has ISO 22810:2010 certification for 5ATM rating of 50 meters (165 feet) under specific conditions. This means that both devices are safe to wear while walking in the rain or showering, and may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. However, the Galaxy Watch should not be used for scuba diving, water-skiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth.

  • Pw1·

    42mm still to thick need to be closer. To 11mm black sporty only no thanks, the inly think I like. Is that sleep tracking is so integrated unlike Google wear OS.

  • Ongin·

    i bought a samsung gear s3. Was happy about it until samsung killed the battery with an "update", so when they promise "7 day battery life", i am left with the question "7 days until which update"?

  • fern·

    spring? 2018 or sprint