Samsung’s New LTE Galaxy Watch Focuses On Fitness

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In a jab at Apple, Samsung executives also frequently emphasize that their phones have standard headphone jacks, which newer iPhones no longer do. While, on paper, the Note 9's dual 12MP camera sounds identical to that on last year's model, Samsung claims that the new horizontally-aligned sensors are "more intelligent" than before, with its AI-fuelled camera app now letting you know when an image is flawed; if someone has blinked, for example.

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd launched the Galaxy Note 9 "phablet" in NY on Thursday, promising better battery life and quick cooling to attract gamers and revive flagging sales.

The Galaxy Watch will be available starting in the USA on August 24 and in additional select markets on September 14, the company announced at its Galaxy Note 9 launch event.

Fortnite was finally announced for Android today, but as an exclusive to Samsung Galaxy devices for the time being. These prices are for the Bluetooth variants of these sizes, with LTE / 4G variants costing more and coming a little later in the year. Samsung has been conservative on battery improvements ever since its Note 7 phone in 2016 developed a tendency to ignite, prompting an expensive recall and delivering a hit to the company's reputation.

Galaxy Watch's LTE connectivity is available across over 30 carriers and more than 15 countries. This is a phone where you really don't have to make any sacrifices. The Galaxy Watch will be available in Silver, Midnight Black and Rose Gold colours. That's not quite as friendly to petite wrists as the 38mm Apple Watch, but the Galaxy Watch's round face could make it look more like an oversized timepiece and less like a smartphone on your wrist.

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It's worth pointing out that Samsung says Internet Explorer 11 and older do not support live stream playback, and that if you're watching on a mobile device you'll need to have the latest version of either Chrome or YouTube installed. Where the models differ is that the LTE/4G Galaxy Watch has more RAM (1.5GB), compared to the Bluetooth models' 768MB.

Samsung is pushing this watch's health features, which go beyond simple activity-tracking (though it does that, too).

In other new features, the Galaxy Watch now features Bixby, Samsung's AI voice assistant, which replaces S Voice on the new smartwatch. I didn't get chance to try out Bixby on the Galaxy Watch during our brief hands-on session though, so I will withhold judgement until I can test it out properly.

Note 9 with Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display houses 4000mAh battery - 21 per cent bigger that Note 8 - that is paired with fast-charging technology compatible with both wired and wireless charging.

In terms of OS, the Galaxy Watch retains Tizen, now in its 4.0 incarnation.

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