Samsung releases its updated Galaxy smartwatches and earbuds

The new Galaxy Watch4 gives us a first look at Wear OS 3 – or rather, Samsung's take on it.

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<strong>New folding phones</strong> aside, Samsung also revealed new accompanying gadgets – two new smartwatches and a pair of earbuds. Wear OS 3 will make its debut in the new Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic , while Galaxy Buds2 are touted as Samsung’s smallest and lightest earbuds.

Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic

Samsung’s latest smartwatch has a custom, co-designed Wear OS 3 at its heart and the company’s latest One UI Watch interface on top.

There are two versions of Samsung’s latest watch: the 44mm Galaxy Watch4 and the 46mm Galaxy Watch4 Classic. The Watch4 has a minimalist, functional look, while the Classic is more akin to a traditional mechanical watch, complete with a rotating bezel.

What’s new is the BioActive Sensor, which is a 3-in-1 sensor (Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) that’s more compact while maintaining the same accuracy.

Aside from being able to monitor blood pressure, detect irregular heartbeat due to atrial fibrillation, measure blood oxygen level, it can now calculate your body composition as well. The new Body Composition measurement tool provides key measurements like skeletal muscle, basal metabolic rate, body water and body fat percentage.

The new Galaxy Watch4 is also able to give more details about your sleep patterns. As you sleep, your smartphone will detect the sounds of your snores, while your watch is constantly monitoring your blood oxygen level.

The new One UI Watch makes it possible to automatically install compatible apps that you downloaded onto your Galaxy phone, while key settings like do not disturb hours and blocked callers are synced as well. Your earbuds will also toggle automatically between your phone and your watch depending on what you are doing at the time with either. The watch also accepts wrist movements as signals to, say, receive or reject calls.

The latest OS brings Google apps to the Galaxy Watch4 so you can easily get Google Maps and other familiar third-party apps like Spotify on your Watch4. At the same time, you still have the usual Plethora of Samsung services like Samsung Pay, SmartThings and Bixby.

Powering all this is the first 5nm processor in a Galaxy Watch, which shows considerable improvement over its predecessor (20% faster CPU and 50% more RAM, and a GPU 10 times faster than the previous generation). The display also received an upgrade, now sporting a 450 x 450 pixels resolution.

Other features include 16GB of storage, eSIM, and an up to 40 hours battery life. Charging is quick as well, as 30 minutes of charging gives you up to 10 hours of battery.

Galaxy Buds2

Each earbud weighs a mere 5 grams and given the four colours – which are in line with their current colour scheme – makes them look more like Mentos than earbuds. The new Buds2 joins the Buds lineup presumably as the bang for your buck everyday in-ears and it certainly seems to be specced for the part.

It has all the tech you would expect from an Active Noise Cancelling in-ears. It offers three levels of ANC, with up to 98 per cent reduction. Two internal beamforming mics are shrouded in a low profile shell to minimise the effects of wind and accompanied by a single internal microphone that works in tandem with a machine learning solution to filter out unwanted mic noise. Battery life is rated for five hours with the case holding another 15.

Availability and Prices

Galaxy Watch4 Classic 46mm (Black, Silver)

  • Bluetooth $598
  • LTE $748

Galaxy Watch4 Classic 42mm (Black, Silver)

  • Bluetooth $548
  • LTE $698

Galaxy Watch4 44mm (Black, Silver, Green)

  • Bluetooth $448
  • LTE $548

Galaxy Watch4 40mm (Black, Silver, Gold)

  • Bluetooth $398
  • LTE $498

Galaxy Buds2 (White, Graphite, Olive, Lavender) $248

Accessories

Watch Strap Sport Band (Black, Silver, White, Pink, Olive, Navy) $58

Watch Strap Extreme Sport Band (Black, Navy) $58

Watch Strap Hybrid Leather Band (Black, Silver, Camel, Navy, Pink) $68

Buds Cover Water Resistance Cover $38

Pre-order for the Galaxy Watch4 Classic, Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Buds2 has begun at the Samsung Online Store, Samsung Official Store in Lazada and Shopee, Samsung Experience Stores or at selected Consumer Electronics & IT Stores.

Upon successful payment for and collection or delivery of the pre-order, you will receive, while stocks last:

  • Galaxy Watch4 Classic / Galaxy Watch4
    • via Samsung Online Store and Samsung Experience Store: a Samsung e-voucher worth $50.
    • via Samsung Official Store in Lazada and Shopee, and selected Consumer Electronics & IT Stores: a Silicon Sport Band (Silver) worth $58.
  • Galaxy Buds2
    • via Samsung Online Store and Samsung Experience Store: a Samsung e-voucher worth $30.
    • via Samsung Official Store in Lazada and Shopee, and selected Consumer Electronics & IT Stores: a Water Resistance Cover worth $38.
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