With the Bluetooth versions of the new Galaxy Watch announced earlier along with price and release dates, information on the cellular model was scarce. Samsung shed light on the subject in a new press statement announcing that the LTE Galaxy Watches will retail at the premium price of $380, and it will be shipped starting on the first week of September.
The Galaxy line of watches is the rebranded successor of the Galaxy series, and it now includes a smaller 42mm version along with the classic 46 mm size. The larger model boasts a battery life of 80 hours in comparison with the 45 hours offered by the smaller one. The watches are watertight up to a 50-meter depth and come with 4GB of storage space.
While the Bluetooth model is cheaper, the LTE models also have a variety of technical improvements that justify the increased price tag. Bluetooth versions have 768 MB of RAM and some parts of their functionality are tied to actively being connected to a smartphone. LTE models have 1, 5 GB of RAM and all the features are available independently.
Both models will sport an always-on, AMOLED display with a 360 by 360 resolution. With a difference of 0,1 inches between the two models. One feature that was criticized by some is the continuous use of the Tizen proprietary operating system but Samsung has assured users that is will be a much-improved version.
At the revealing event, Samsung said that all the four major US carriers will be able to sell the LTE model, but for now, the device is available only at T-Mobile with more carriers to come in the near future.
Since LTE consumes a higher quantity of energy, Samsung promises up to two days of battery life for the 42mm LTE model, in comparison to the 3 days offered by the Bluetooth one. Both versions of the 46mm will have up to 4 days of typical use.
Should you pre-order one of the devices directly from Samsung, you will receive a free watch band of your choice.