Samsung Presents Galaxy Watch Running on Tizen OS
Just a couple of weeks before Qualcomm is expected to launch their new line-up of wearable processors, Samsung has presented the Galaxy Watch with their own soc running on the company’s own Tizen OS.
It’s quite remarkable that Samsung has chosen the ‘Galaxy’ branding for their latest smartwatch, as the Galaxy name is usually only reserved for Android products. Before the official unveiling, rumors were circulating that the Galaxy Watch would be running on Google’s Wear OS, but those turned out to be false.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch features a fully circular 1.3-inch or 1.2 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. The Korean company will release the watch in a number of different designs and two different sizes: 46 and 42 millimeters. The latter version features the smaller 1.2-inch display.
In terms of specifications, the Galaxy Watch wearables will be running on Samsung’s own Exynos 9110 dual-core chip running at 1.15 GHz. The soc is accompanied by 768 megabytes of internal RAM as well as 4 GB of storage. Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS are built-in, although the smartwatch does lack support for Bluetooth 5.0 and uses Bluetooth 4.2 instead.
The display will also be covered in Corning’s new Gorilla Glass DX+ layer which should heavily prevent scratches. A heart rate sensor is present and the watch features a number of built-in apps to measure stress levels, perform workouts and do breathing exercises.
The battery size of the larger model is set at 472 mAh, while the smaller 42 mm Galaxy Watch has a capacity of 270 mAh. According to Samsung, both watches should last for several days – something that Wear OS watches seem to struggle with.
The recommended retail price of is $309 and $329 for the smaller and larger Galaxy Watch, respectively. Both watches will release on September 7th and are compatible with devices running iOS 9 or above, or Android 5.0 or higher.