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Unpacked 2021: Samsung Launches Five New Galaxy Devices

Samsung used its August product event to unveil two Galaxy Z foldable smartphones, new wireless earbuds and a pair of Galaxy Watch wearables.

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Galaxy Watch 4

For Samsung’s newest smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch 4, the company says it’s improved everything from the display and CPU to health sensors to the user interface. The Galaxy Watch 4 will include a thinner design, thanks in part to a reduction of the size of the health sensors in the wearable, and will include a brighter AMOLED display with durable Gorilla Glass DX+. In terms of health sensors, the smartwatch includes an optical heart rate sensor (PPG), electrical heart sensor (ECG) and bioelectrical impedance analysis sensor (BIA). The sensors enable monitoring of blood pressure, detection of irregular heartbeats, measurement of blood oxygen levels and, for the first time on a Galaxy Watch, analysis of body composition for an overall fitness snapshot, Samsung said.

The Galaxy Watch 4 “unlocks new opportunities for businesses with robust and holistic wellness features, said Hamsy Raveendran, head of mobile B2B product management and go to market at Samsung, in a recorded video provided to media. “More companies are looking to incentivize healthy living as a way to bring down insurance costs. With advanced health features, our latest Watch 4 series can help businesses enhance employees’ wellness, while also fostering a workplace culture that prioritizes wellbeing.”

In terms of performance, the Galaxy Watch 4 offers a 20-percent increase in CPU and 10-percent increase in GPU speeds, Samsung said. And for the user interface, the Galaxy Watch 4 will debut a new unified smartwatch platform, which was built jointly with Google and originally disclosed at Mobile World Congress in June. The platform offers a “more seamless” and connected user experience across Samsung’s Galaxy smartwatches and smartphones—for instance, by recognizing key settings on a Galaxy phone and then automatically syncing those settings to the Galaxy Watch 4. The smartwatch will also automatically install watch-capable apps that are already on a user’s Galaxy phone on their Galaxy Watch 4 as well.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 will be offered in 40 mm or 44 mm models, and will have a starting price of $249.99. It will be available to pre-order today with shipping on Aug. 27. A version of the Watch 4 that supports LTE connectivity will start at $299.99.

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