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The latest drop of the world’s hottest new tech is right here. Feast your eyes on Samsung’s stylish new smartwatch, an AI-powered drone that’s big on cinematic shots, and a slightly weird yet innovative full body scanner to monitor your health from the inside out (yikes!)
Smartwatches are like Vegemite: some see the appeal, and some don’t. Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch, a surprisingly attractive successor to the Gear S3, is hoping to convert non-believers and bolster the faith of the smartwatch loyal. The Galaxy Watch arrives in two sizes (42mm and 46mm), and is infused with a plethora of features that aim to make your daily life better.
It’s clear that Samsung has designed the Galaxy Watch to look more like a regular timepiece rather than a big chunk of tech squatting on your wrist. In either its Black or Rose Gold persuasion, you’d be as happy pairing it with a crisp shirt as you would your gym clobber. And yes, the new Samsung wants in on your gym time…
In addition to displaying notifications, and enabling you to make and take calls on the wrist, the Galaxy Watch tracks 39 workouts and offers guided indoor exercises (via Samsung Health), as well as monitoring sleep. It also wants to help organise your smart home, connecting with SmartThings-enabled devices for wrist-based control.
We also like the sound of the My Day watch face, providing an at-a-glance peek at your schedule for the next 10 hours. Could there be a smartwatch hit for Android at last?
Samsung reckons the 46mm Galaxy Watch’s battery should last up to seven days if you don’t hammer it with heavy use, with the 42mm version lasting for up to four days with light use