Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Samsung finally unveils its much-anticipated Galaxy Watch

Samsung finally unveils its much-anticipated Galaxy Watch

We already know that the Note9 will sport a 6.4-inch, 2960×1440 AMOLED screen, up to 512GB of storage (expandable to a massive 1TB) and a 4,000mAh battery.

Even though the improvements from last year aren't huge, Technalysis Research analyst Bob O'Donnell said they will come across as major for those who haven't upgraded for a few years.

All this together corroborates the point: the Note 9 isn't the right choice for the average user.

It really depends on how much you value Samsung's optimization on whether you think this is a worthwhile purchase - there are many phones from China especially that offer similar specs, and for far less cash. Aside from that, the Galaxy Watch is waterproof up to 50 meters and has passed various military-grade endurance tests with flying colors.

Being a big phone release from the biggest Android manufacturer, the Note 9 will have plenty of third-party accessories like screen protectors, rugged cases and vehicle mounts for your employees to use to keep the phone itself safe. "Moving along, the OLED displays are 1.2" and 1.3" in size and boast the acceptable resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. It has improved battery life over previous Samsung watch models, and will be compatible with a new charger that can simultaneously charge smartphones and the watch. The LTE models of the Galaxy Watch will be available later in 2018. "Being able to unlock your phone with your face".

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There is more excitement over the new iPhone models than for the Galaxy Note 9

In addition to the expected smart watch features such as reminders, messages and scheduling, the Galaxy Watch is pushing heavily into the fitness and wellness space, with a particular focus on the latter. Samsung lists a number of phones from Samsung, LG, Apple, and Google that they'll accept for hundreds of dollars off.

Samsung is under pressure to jump-start faltering smartphone sales after posting its slowest quarterly profit growth in more than a year, as rivals such as China's Huawei Technologies nipped at its heels with cheaper, feature-packed models. There's been speculation - unconfirmed by Apple - that all new iPhones will ditch the home button and fingerprint sensor and rely entirely on facial-recognition technology found in the iPhone X. The Note 9 will still have a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. Tizen works on both Android and iOS, so users will not be limited by the operating system of their smartphone. Contrary to rumors, it runs Tizen, not Wear OS.

Spotify will be supported on the speakers, along with all other Samsung devices - news that sent shares in the music-streaming service provider up almost 5 percent.

Here are my thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Watch, broken down into a series of key scoring categories, ranging from design and build quality, to hardware and features. And Samsung also teased its first Bixby-powered home speaker, Galaxy Home, a distinctive tripod design that resembles a hipster barbecue. Most smartphone users, indeed, would be better served with a Galaxy S9+ and keeping several hundred dollars in their pocket.

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