In the Unpacked 2020 event still going on, the focus is on high-end smartphones Galaxy Note20 and Note20 UltraSamsung has also launched the latest version of its watch and headset accessories, named after Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Buds Live.
Galaxy Watch 3
The Galaxy Watch 3 will be the successor to the Galaxy Watch launched in 2018, not the current Watch Active 2 series. Perhaps a year has passed, so Samsung decided to ‘skip’ the second version to be named Watch 3!
Galaxy Watch 3 comes in 41mm and 45mm versions, both with 2 buttons and a physical control dial, instead of a touch dial like Active 2. Both are 14% thinner and 15% lighter than the first generation Watch. The watch body is made of sturdy steel, unlike the Watch Active 2 which is made of aluminum.
The watch will have all the features of the previous model, along with upgraded sleep monitoring, the ability to measure oxygen in the blood (SpO2 and VO2 Max), electrocardiogram and blood pressure. We will also have the ability to recognize the self like the new generation Apple Watch line.
The operating system used will be Samsung Tizen, like other Galaxy Watch watches, with the ability to download apps, add watch faces even more powerful than Google WearOS!
Samsung says it has partnered with Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen to design this Galaxy Watch 3 duo, creating a sleek and luxurious look. Instead of a plastic strap, each Watch 3 will also be given a copper strap in the same color (41mm and bronze and black, 45mm is black and silver).
Galaxy Buds Live
These ‘pea’ Buds Live headphones are certainly familiar because there are so many rumors about it in the past time, we have now been ‘covered’ directly. This will be a pair of earbuds-style headphones, worn on the outside rather than holding onto the user’s ears with rubber cushions.
A special feature is that Buds Live is equipped with active noise cancellation, a very popular feature of high-end TWS headphones. With the open-wearing design, Buds Live’s ANC noise-canceling system will only cut repetitive noises (plane, train), and sudden noises will still pass – according to Samsung, this is the idea equipment, helping users to still be aware of their surroundings while listening to music.
Buds Live usage time is 6 hours continuously (21 hours with charging box) if using active noise cancellation, and raised to 8 – 29 hours if both the ANC and the virtual assistant Bixby Voice are turned off.
These are not ideal headphones for sports, as they only have a low water resistance rating of IPX2. Those who want to use headphones while exercising should probably invest in a pair of Galaxy Buds Plus or headphones from another company.
Buds Live has 3 color versions: black, white and of course, the same glossy copper ‘tone tone’ is similar to the Galaxy Note20 / Note20 Ultra and Galaxy Watch 3 (41mm version).
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has a starting price of 399 USD, and headsets Galaxy Buds Live was 169 USD, which is 20 USD higher than the Galaxy Buds Plus pair already in the market.