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Galaxy Unpacked | The rotating bezel is back in Samsung's latest smartwatch

The Galaxy Watch3. (Source: Samsung)
The Galaxy Watch3. (Source: Samsung)
The Samsung Galaxy Watch series officially has a new generation. This 2020 variant retains the moving bezel that was so popular the first time around. However, its build and footprint has been updated, as have its health-tracking features.

Despite the fact that it is in fact a second-gen device, Samsung has named its newest wearable the Galaxy Watch3. However, many fans of its predecessor may not be inclined to care once they get a look at that rotating bezel. It is present in the accessory's new 41 or 45 millimeter (mm) variants, and acts to control many aspects of its UI.

This interface now offers improved customization options, including a choice between over 80,000 watch-faces, and even a smartphone-linked feature by which one can be generated to match the user's outfit.

Possibly more importantly, Samsung has upgraded the Watch3's design. It is now 14% slimmer, 8% more compact and 15% lighter compared to the Galaxy Watch's 46mm form-factor, while also having a relatively larger screen. Samsung has also announced that its successor is indeed rated for blood-oxygen and blood pressure tracking as well as electrcardiography.

However, the availability of these features may be subject to certification from individual national regulators: the OEM has also mentioned it has only just gotten FDA approval for blood pressure monitoring in this wearable and in the Galaxy Watch Active 2.

On that note, despite this new smartwatch's health-focused abilities, it may not be one to take to the gym: it will even have a titanium-cased version (in 45mm only, unfortunately). On that note, the Watch Active 3 was, oddly, notable by its absence from this Galaxy Unpacked event.

However, it is possible that it will either get its own launch along with the Galaxy Fit2, or be introduced in full as with the Z Fold2 on September 1, 2020.

The Galaxy Watch3 that was unveiled will start at US$399 for a Bluetooth-only model, or $449 for one with 4G/LTE support. It will go on sale from August 6, 2020, as will its fellow wearables the Buds Live.

The full range of Galaxy Watch3 color and strap options. (Source: Samsung)
The full range of Galaxy Watch3 color and strap options. (Source: Samsung)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-08- 5 (Update: 2020-08- 5)