When all is said and done, in probably one of the splashiest unveiling we’ve seen from Samsung, reality then downs to us on which product to be excited about. For me, I’d probably give a second look at the Galaxy Watch 3 – probably the only device within my reach. Long are the days when I’d easily chuck out a whooping Ksh. 100,000 + for a smartphone! But that doesn’t imply you shouldn’t think about other devices Samsung showcased on their launch event.
Samsung showcased its next sequel on the Galaxy Watch Lineup at a time when several things have titled compared to its first wearable back then. We now have plenty of alternatives to choose from and the landscape has shifted towards a different direction compared to those days. We are now more concerned about a couple of things that didn’t make it on the list back then such as the health features, battery life and more important durability under certain circumstances.
There are a couple of motives that’ll drive someone towards this watch, and most of them concern the Tizen OS and more importantly Samsung’s ecosystem. And just like Apple which has its own ecosystem and functionality that probably proves the point for an Apple Watch, you might imagine that Samsung would be in the same boat, but theirs is different. Tizen isn’t a household name thus far, and you can easily opt and get the goodness of wear OS from a couple of devices such as the Huawei Watch GT2 – so far we’ve been amazed by ours, and most alternatives costs way less that Samsung’s offering.
Let’s see what you’ll be getting with Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
Samsung chose to overhaul the design from the first Watch they ever released and quite frankly, there’s a ton of changes you’d easily not associate with its dated siblings. The watch 3 was released in two different sizes – a simple way for manufacturers to lure us to a more premium version, and in Samsung’s case we’ve got a 41mm and 45mm version.
If you want the greatest of them, you’ll be getting a larger 1.4-inch AMOLED panel and 340mAh battery touted to last 2 days on the 45mm version but opting to save a few backs for the smaller 41mm version will give you a 1.2-inch screen and a 247mAh expected to last a day before needing recharging.
On the brighter side, both wearables can be recharged wirelessly using Samsung’s Powershare feature, come with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. The two versions are also equipped with a ton of sensors including; Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, Optical heart rate sensor, Ambient light sensor and an ECG sensor – more on that later.
While the watch has been tied to the manufacturer’s Tizen OS 5.5, Samsung is making sure it won’t miss out on Apple and android devices by ensuring compatibility by both two top platforms.
You can choose between Mystic Black and Mystic Silver colorways for the 45mm and Mystic Bronze and Mystic Silver for the 41mm, both are however constructed from stainless steel, though we expect a titanium build later on.
Price and availability in Kenya
We expect availability in Kenya within a few weeks and should cost somewhere between Ksh. 40,000 and Ksh. 50,000. Samsung has already listed it abroad for USD. 399.99 (about Ksh. 41,000).