The rumors were true — Samsung is launching the Samsung Galaxy Ring, a new wearable that will track users health and fitness. Teased at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2024 event, we didn't get many details about the ring itself — such as price, specs, or even a release date — but we can glean a few tidbits from what else we saw.
Galaxy Ring teaser pic.twitter.com/a7CbAycSQVJanuary 17, 2024
Based on the renders, the inside of the Galaxy Ring has four small contact points, which could be skin temperature sensors. Additionally, there are four raised optical sensors, similar to what's on the Oura Ring.
The Galaxy Ring also looks to be completely circular; the Oura Ring, by contrast, has one section that's slightly flattened.
Apart from the quick glance at the hardware, Samsung also announced an overhaul of its health tracking software, which could give us a clue as to what the Ring will be able to record.
A new Smart Health experience will create a Vitality Score, which will take into account a person's physical readiness and mental preparedness. This will be based on measurements such as sleep, activity, resting heart rate, and heart rate variability, all of which could presumably be measured by the Galaxy Ring. In fact, we'd be surprised if it didn't monitor all of those functions, considering what the Oura Ring can do.
That's all we know based on what we learned today. Stay tuned for more on the Galaxy Ring.
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Michael A. Prospero is the U.S. Editor-in-Chief for Tom’s Guide. He oversees all evergreen content and oversees the Homes, Smart Home, and Fitness/Wearables categories for the site. In his spare time, he also tests out the latest drones, electric scooters, and smart home gadgets, such as video doorbells. Before his tenure at Tom's Guide, he was the Reviews Editor for Laptop Magazine, a reporter at Fast Company, the Times of Trenton, and, many eons back, an intern at George magazine. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College, where he worked on the campus newspaper The Heights, and then attended the Columbia University school of Journalism. When he’s not testing out the latest running watch, electric scooter, or skiing or training for a marathon, he’s probably using the latest sous vide machine, smoker, or pizza oven, to the delight — or chagrin — of his family.