Samsung is making a natural transition into a new category of wearables, where the likes of the Oura have made a mark. In the closing minutes of the Unpacked event held earlier today, Samsung gave a brief glimpse of its first smart ring.
Naturally, the company calls it the Galaxy Ring. The teaser video showed off its minimalist design, with a metal exterior that curves slightly inward and an interior lined with sensors in a glass-like base. Yes, it looks a lot like the Oura Ring.
There is nothing special about the design, it looks just like any other smart ring. Samsung did not say when exactly it plans to launch the smart ring, but it would not be surprising to see it appear at the next Unpacked event in the second half of 2024.
Here comes the Samsung Galaxy Ring! pic.twitter.com/wda4vzMRl2
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At this point, there is no official information available about the Galaxy Ring, but rumors about its development have been circulating for a while. Chats on social media suggest that it will feature a miniature optical imaging (PPG) sensor for heart rate assessment, and possibly ECG analysis as well.
Samsung already offers the latter on its smartwatches, including the Galaxy Watch 6, so it wouldn't be surprising to see it on its first smartwatch. Other features that one can safely assume will appear in its lineup include sleep tracking, activity tracking, and (possibly) some sort of remote control or music playback gimmick as well.
according to electricalSamsung may offer the Galaxy Ring in four sizes. Given the state of the competition, it wouldn't be surprising to see Samsung's smart ring start at $300.
And if Samsung is hoping to show off its tech and innovation acumen with some standout features, be prepared for an equally premium asking price.
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