When Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone at its “Unpacked” event on Thursday, the Korean electronics giant had one more thing (quite literally) up its sleeve: a new smartwatch. The Galaxy Watch, Samsung’s first wearable device in the Galaxy family, comes in two sizes (42 and 46 mm) and, in line with the company’s previous smartwatches, it will feature a round design closer to a traditional (albeit huge) wrist watch than the rectangular Apple Watch. Like the latter, the Galaxy Watch will come with a bunch of health features as well as water resistance and an LTE option. Its standout feature could be the battery life though, which Samsung claims to be “several days” on a single charge.
As the following chart, based on IDC estimates, shows, Samsung has a lot of ground to make up if it wants to challenge Apple’s dominant position in the smartwatch market. In 2017, the Cupertino-based company shipped 17.7 million watches compared to Samsung’s 3.6 million.