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Samsung Galaxy Watch Ultra
Pictured: Samsung Galaxy Watch Ultra
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Fergus Halliday
Jul 10, 2024
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Samsung might be sticking to small tweaks when it comes to this year's foldable devices but it's making up for it on other fronts with the introduction of the new Galaxy Watch 7, Galaxy Watch Ultra and Galaxy Ring.

The first cab off the rank picks up where the Galaxy Watch 6 left off. In form and function, the Galaxy Watch 7 is very much made of the same stuff. It arrives in the usual 40mm and 44mm sizes, but the big difference this time around is that Samsung looking to use generative AI to enhance and evolve the usual fitness tracking experience.

Rather than the stock-standard quick replies to notifications, you can now use AI-powered ones that are generated by inferring the context and tone of your previous messages. These new features are powered by the new Exynos W1000 chipset and the latest version of WearOS 5. 

You've got all the usual sleep, heart, ECG and workout tracking found in last year's model, but Samsung is now looking to condense those scores into a single metric that provides a more-at-a-glance update on where you are at. There's also a hands-free set of gesture controls called double-pinch plus a new Race mode that lets you compete against yourself.

Many of these new features are set to carry over into the new Galaxy Watch Ultra. As you'd expect given the name, this one is being pitched as Samsung's counter to the Apple Watch Ultra. It features a "fusion" design that combines a circular display with a squared-off form factor that sits flat against your wrist.

The screen on the Galaxy Watch Ultra can go as bright as 3000 nits and is built to survive in temperatures as low as negative 20 degrees Celsius. The wearable is made of Grade 4 titanium and built to last with MIL-STD 810G, 10ATM and IP68 durability.

As with the Galaxy Watch 7, the wearable boasts dual GPS and a bigger 590mAh battery that promises up to 48 hours of exercise tracking and up to 100 hours in power-saving mode.

Finally, there's the Galaxy Ring. Shown off back at Mobile World Congress, Samsung's newest wearable promises to offer much the same level of fitness tracking in a more compact form factor.

Unfortunately, those holding out for a local launch will have to wait a little longer. Samsung is looking to launch the Galaxy Ring in a handful of regions, and Australia isn't on the list.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 7

In the meantime, both smartwatches are available for pre-order from today ahead of a 30 July 2024 launch. In Australia, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 will launch at a recommended retail price of $599. The Samsung Galaxy Watch Ultra is more expensive at $1299.

Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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