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Samsung finally unveils its much-anticipated Galaxy Watch

Samsung finally unveils its much-anticipated Galaxy Watch

It connects to your phone but also has its own 4G/LTE connectivity.

Under standard usage, such as LT, Bluetooth, messaging and some music streaming the battery can last up to 80 hours, which eliminates the need for daily charging.

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.

The Galaxy Watch looks much like a Gear S3, with its round case and rotating bezel.

The "phablet" - combining features of a phone with a tablet - comes with Samsung's largest battery in a flagship phone - and the company seems to be confident in having left the explosive failure of the Galaxy Note 7 batteries behind it.

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch is dust- and water-resistant with a diving rating of 5ATM and a rating of IP68. It recharges in less than a minute, too.

In a thinly veiled stab at major competitor Apple, Samsung Electronics Australia mobile division vice-president Garry McGregor said the new feature was something rival gadgets had yet to match.

This automatically detects high levels of stress and offers breathing exercises to help keep users cetered and focused.

Samsung says you have the choice of 60,000 watch faces, and we really liked the new circular watch face which hides calendar information in the on-screen dial. I typically tend to switch to my classic analogue timepiece when going out, however, after trying the Galaxy Watch on I am quite confident that it wouldn't feel out of place in the theater, or during pre- and post-show drinks.

Details on the device are scant, and Samsung did not announce pricing or availability. With the Note 9, Samsung has added Bluetooth functionality to the S Pen. On top of that, the Note 9 actually sports a few compelling new features that its predecessor lacked. We still don't expect to be able to reply to iMessages from the wrist (due to Apple's walled garden). The real sticker shock comes with the 512GB model, which will set you back $1250. This is likely due to the extra grunt needed to maintain a mobile connection. While, on paper, the Note 9's dual 12MP camera sounds identical to that on last year's model, Samsung claims that the new horizontally-aligned sensors are "more intelligent" than before, with its AI-fuelled camera app now letting you know when an image is flawed; if someone has blinked, for example.


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