Galaxy Watch
Samsung has introduced its Galaxy Watch smartwatch. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

After much speculation, Samsung Electronics has finally introduced the Galaxy Watch smartwatch — its first wearable that does not come with the Gear branding — alongside the Galaxy Note 9 during its Unpacked event on Thursday. The device is designed to deliver longer battery life, a standalone user experience and a number of wellness-centric features.

Samsung notes on its online newsroom that the Galaxy Watch is able to offer longer battery life than its previous smartwatches. The device is said to offer up to 80+ hours of juice after a single full charge. This eliminates the need for daily charging, which is a good thing because most consumers are living very busy lifestyles.

The South Korean tech giant also saw to it that the Galaxy Watch would provide a standalone user experience. The wearable has LTE connectivity that works with over 30 carriers in more than 15 countries. This means users can rely on the watch for messaging, calls, mapping and music without having to connect it to their smartphone.

As per usual, the Galaxy Watch is a smartwatch that fosters wellness. Samsung says its new device offers a true holistic health experience thanks to its new stress management tracker that automatically detects high levels of stress and suggests breathing exercises to counter it.

It also comes with a new advanced sleep tracker that serves as a monitor for all levels of sleep, including REM cycles. This makes the Galaxy Watch a useful device for adjusting sleeping habits and ensuring that one gets the best quality of rest they need to face the following day.

The Galaxy Watch is also the perfect fitness buddy. Samsung has added 21 new indoor exercises so that the total number of supported workouts it has is 39. Wearers can customize their routines to achieve their fitness goals. The watch’s calorie tracking will also come in handy.

There are two models for the Galaxy Watch. There’s a silver 46mm version and the other one is a 42mm model in black or rose gold. Both models have Always-on displays and they are protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass DX+. All models are powered by the Exynos 9110 Dual-Core 1.15GHz processor and are running Tizen-based Wearable OS 4.0.

The Galaxy Watch has a 5 ATM and IP68 rating for water resistance. The LTE model has 1.5GB RAM and 4GB onboard storage and features WPC based wireless charging. The 42mm model houses a 270 mAh battery, while the 46mm variant is equipped with a 472 mAh battery.

“The new Galaxy Watch was designed for all lifestyles to help meet consumer needs, such as more efficient battery life to stay connected longer, and better wellness tracking to help users maintain their goals – we are delivering them with connected experiences, all at the touch of a wrist,” Samsung Electronics President and CEO DJ Koh said of the new smartwatch that’s scheduled to go on sale on Aug. 24.