Samsung Unveils Galaxy Ring

Samsung Unveils Exciting Galaxy Ring, a New Wearable Device for the Future

Samsung, at last month’s Galaxy Unpacked event, teased a new category of wearable device with a flashy video and a name — Galaxy Ring. Now, we have gained more insights into this ring, which is expected to hit the market later this year.

Samsung Galaxy Ring

Prior to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, The Verge editor, Allison Johnson, had the opportunity to personally experience the prototype of the Galaxy Ring. It’s reported that the ring is incredibly lightweight, available in three color options, although Samsung stressed that the final product might undergo changes. Johnson mentioned feeling Samsung’s broader vision for this new product line; they don’t merely see it as another wearable device but as an integral part of the company’s future “environmental awareness” vision.

The Galaxy Ring prototype that Johnson tried on comes in three colors: Platinum Silver, Ceramic Black, and Gold. Photography wasn’t allowed during the trial, but Johnson stated that the Galaxy Ring feels lighter on the hand than it appears and is not as bulky as one might imagine. The ring has a slightly concave shape, and each color offers a size range from 5 to 13, which is broader than typical wearables, with sizes labeled from S to XL on the inner side of the ring.

Samsung Galaxy Ring Prototype

Dr. Hon Pak, Vice President of Samsung’s Digital Health Division, didn’t specify the sensors integrated into the ring. However, he mentioned sleep analysis features based on heart rate, movement, and respiration metrics. Dr. Hon Pak also noted that Samsung’s collaboration with partner Natural Cycles (which has brought menstrual cycle tracking to the Galaxy Watch series) will extend to the Galaxy Ring, putting it in direct competition with the Oura Ring. Larger-sized versions of the Galaxy Ring will have increased battery capacity, although Dr. Hon Pak didn’t provide exact battery life data.

The Galaxy Ring will support Samsung’s recently introduced “My Vitality Score” feature, which is based on a model from the University of Georgia and calculates a score combining sleep, activity, resting heart rate, and heart rate variability. The Vitality Score will also be a feature on the Samsung Galaxy Watch, debuting first on the upcoming Watch 6 later this year, requiring pairing with the Galaxy S24 series phones. Galaxy Ring users can set specific health goals and receive updates and reminders in the form of “Booster Cards,” a feature that will also roll out later this year in Samsung’s health app.

Throughout the presentation of Samsung’s vision for the future of wearable devices, Dr. Hon Pak repeatedly described the Galaxy Ring as a step towards building a broader “environmental awareness” ecosystem, providing “home-centered connected care.” The concept of “environmental awareness” doesn’t rely on individual devices but on collecting data from various sources. For instance, your ring, watch, even your fridge could work together to remind you it’s been four days since you last ate vegetables, which might be why you’ve been feeling off lately.

Dr. Hon Pak eloquently portrayed this vision, envisioning a holistic system supporting personal health goals rather than bombarding users with disconnected data. It sounds sensible, even desirable. However, first and foremost, Samsung needs to get this ring right.

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