Smart watches

New range of Samsung smartwatches announced with a focus on health

Samsung has announced new additions to its SmartWatch portfolio, with the Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro releasing in late August.

The company says the new devices are meant to help users reach their health goals and milestones, with a range of new features and technologies involved.

Monitoring and analysis is a key feature of the new products, Samsung says, with the Galaxy Watch5 featuring Samsung’s BioActive sensor.

This technology was first introduced on the Galaxy Watch4 series and uses a single chip that combines three health sensors – optical heart rate, electrical heart signal and bioelectrical impedance analysis – to provide more readings for the body. This includes heart rate, blood oxygen level and stress level analysis, and there is also a newly introduced temperature sensor.

The body composition measuring tool is also said to provide a comprehensive snapshot of the user’s overall health, also giving them a personalized approach to setting goals and tracking progress. There are also new customization options and smart features related to rest and recovery.

Samsung also said the products are designed with increased surface area and have more direct contact with the user’s wrist. The Galaxy Watch5 Pro comes with a D-Buckle sport band which will provide more durability and comfort. The upgraded sapphire crystal and titanium case will also protect the screen with a protruding bezel design.

Battery life and duration are also extended, which the company claims will make the device last longer than previous models. The Galaxy Watch5 comes with a 13% larger battery and offers eight hours of sleep tracking with eight minutes of charge, which is 30% faster than the Galaxy Watch4.

New interactive features that have been announced include the use of Google Assistant and an upcoming feature with Google Maps where users can find their way without a smartphone connection. New apps such as SoundCloud and Deezer are also featured, along with One UI Watch4.5, which offers more comprehensive typing and accessibility features.

Dr. TM Roh, president of Samsung Electronics and head of the mobile eXperience business, says the new products demonstrate the company’s commitment to promoting health and well-being, and the analytics features help provide better and more complete information.

“We are committed to empowering our Galaxy Watch community with the tools, data, and resources to not only better understand their overall health and well-being, but also to support them on their journey.” he declared.

“With Samsung’s breakthrough BioActive sensor, we’re giving users the most comprehensive picture of their health-related information yet.”