Galaxy Watch: Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch to feature Bixby, improved battery

    Samsung is giving its smartwatches a big face lift with Galaxy Watch. The wearable is expected to launch alongside Galaxy Note 9 on August 9. Here’s everything you need to know.

    | Updated on: Jul 23 2018, 10:21 IST
    Samsung working on a new Apple Watch rival
    Samsung working on a new Apple Watch rival (Samsung)
    Samsung working on a new Apple Watch rival
    Samsung working on a new Apple Watch rival (Samsung)

    Samsung is gearing up for a big event on August 9. The company is expected to launch its next flagship phone, Galaxy Note 9, at the Unpacked event in New York. But Samsung is reportedly going to launch a new smartwatch as well - Samsung Galaxy Watch.

    Samsung Galaxy Watch is likely to be a big upgrade over the Gear S-series of smartwatches the company has launched over the years. The new wearable is expected to revive buzz in the smartwatch segment currently dominated by the likes of Apple Watch and a range of Android WearOS-based smartwatches.

    Samsung has been using its Tizen OS to power its smart watches but there are multiple reports suggesting the company may finally embrace Google's Android Wear OS. There are also speculation that Samsung may launch both Android and Tizen versions of the Galaxy Watch.

    One of the biggest additions to Samsung Galaxy Watch is going to be Bixby, the company's digital voice assistant that rivals Apple's Siri. It is worth noting that Apple's smartwatches come with Siri support.

    Other expected features of the device include OLED panel for the display, LTE support, and 470mAh battery.

    The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Watch would be launched in two different sizes, the media quoted a new set of published Federal Communications Commission (FCC) documents.

    The bigger Samsung Galaxy Watch could be a sportier variant based on the shape of its chassis while the smaller one has a more traditional design with tabs and the space for interchangeable watch bands, GSMArena reported late on Friday.

    Both the models would carry the same name and support the same wide variety of LTE bands as well as WiFi 2.4GHz b/g/n. Earlier this week, the FCC had certified the watches, however, it did not post any photographs though provided a detailed schematic of its rear.

    (with inputs from IANS)

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    First Published Date: 23 Jul, 10:19 IST
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