Samsung Galaxy Watch: Samsung's new smartwatch is official

The new smartwatch will be a digital assistant on your wrist

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch is official, and has just been unveiled at the Samsung Unpacked 2018 event in New York.

It's a device Samsung has taken its time over, with its last flagship smartwatch launched all the way back in August 2016.

Does this mean it'll be a smash hit? Let's take a look at everything Samsung has updated.

The first thing you'll notice about the new design is that it's a lot more sophisticated. It's a lot more 'watch-like'.

There are two sizes 42mm and 46mm, and a range of colours (including Rose Gold), straps, and faces to choose from.

This is great news, as a smartwatch is just as much a fashion accessory as it is a piece of technology.

Of course, the Galaxy Watch can do everything you'd expect a smartwatch to do, from receiving notifications and calls right on your wrist, to fitness tracking.

With the 4G model of the Galaxy Watch, you can even leave your phone at home without the worry of missing anything.

As we expected, the Samsung Galaxy Watch has a big focus on fitness, and is able to automatically track your cycling, swimming, squatting or sleeping.

The watch will also track your wellness routine while out for a run, following your route using the built-in GPS, and sync everything seamlessly with Samsung Health.

The watch will also keep track of your schedule, acting as a digital assistant, briefing you about all of your events and reminders for the day, before you have time to forget.

Bixby features on the watch, and will be able to send messages, set reminders and begin alarms all using your voice.

Because Samsung were keen to get Bixby on your wrist, that means the company has continued to use its own Tizen operating system, not Google's Wear OS, like originally rumoured. 

Samsung has used new battery technology to achieve a battery life of "several days". Whether that means the seven days as was previously rumoured, more two days, remains to be seen.

And finally, the Samsung Galaxy Watch will also be able to connect with your SmartThings enabled devices, allowing you to control your smart home from your wrist.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is available to buy in the UK now, with the Bluetooth-only version priced at £279.

The 4G model will be available later in the year.