While the Bluetooth versions of Samsung's new Galaxy Watch were announced alongside their prizes and release dates, the details for the mobile versions remained vague. That changed today: Samsung has revealed that the LTE Galaxy Watches will each sell a $ 50 premium over Bluetooth models, and will begin shipping during the "week of September 2, 2018."
The Galaxy Watch is the new sequel to the Gear S3 series smartwatches from Samsung, now available in smaller 42 mm and classic 46 mm sizes – the first with 45 hours of battery life versus 80 hours of the last. Each version is watertight to a depth of 50 meters and comes with 4 GB storage space on board.
Apart from the size differences, the internal hardware diverges between the Bluetooth and LTE models. Each Bluetooth watch has 768 MB of RAM and is dependent on a smartphone for some functions, while the LTE models have 1.5 GB of RAM and a mobile chip with which the Galaxy Watch can work independently of a smartphone. Our earlier story about the Galaxy Watch involves considerably more details regarding their functions.
With today's announcements, customers now have the following choices for Galaxy Watch:
During the Unpacked event where the Galaxy Watch debuted, Samsung said that all four American carriers would offer the LTE model, but from now on offers will only appear on the Samsung site for T-Mobile. Other providers will probably offer the Galaxy Watch through their own stores and websites.
Samsung initially said that Bluetooth models will be shipped to pre-suppliers from 24 August. For orders placed in advance today, the Bluetooth models are expected to be shipped in the same week of September 2 as the LTE models. The company currently offers a free watch band – one per model, including the Urban Traveler, Urban Dress Band and Essex Leather Band – as a pre-order bonus.