Samsung (finally, properly) introduces the Galaxy Ring

At Samsung Galaxy Unpacked, Samsung today announced the Galaxy Ring, a finger wearable that enhances the ecosystem of health tracking devices. Yes, this is the third or fourth time it’s been announced, but today is the day you get to pre-order. This is a conscious attempt to corner the market, especially Ora Ring, which has many smaller players in the space. You also get regular AI Wu Insights to help you take better care of your body when you feel like things aren’t going well.

The company prides itself on embedding its current sensor technology into the smallest space a ring offers. It has an accelerometer, PPG/heart rate and skin temperature sensor that feeds data to Samsung Health to create a portrait of your body. In the app, you can see your sleep score, how much you move during sleep, your heart and breathing rate, and your menstrual cycle. The overall energy score tracks how well you feel each day and makes recommendations on what to change.

If your ticker is too slow or too fast, you’ll benefit from heart rate alerts that let you know to avoid any trouble. There’s also table-stakes stuff like automatic workout detection and alerts when the loop doesn’t think you’ve moved too late. You can use the ring as a remote shutter trigger for your Galaxy branded smartphone.

A picture of a galaxy ring on a finger.

Photo by Sam Rutherford / Engadget

Of course, a smart ring can only do that given the constraints inherent in form, an issue I outlined in detail back in April. But if you’re already in Samsung’s ecosystem and want to make sure you’re always getting detailed insights about your body, this is a no-brainer.

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The Galaxy Ring is made of titanium and is rated for water depths of up to 100 meters, with IP68 for water and dust ingress. Depending on the size of the ring you choose, it weighs between 2.3 and 3 grams and has a battery life of up to seven days on a single charge. The Galaxy Ring Titanium is available in Black, Silver or Gold and costs $400. US pre-orders start July 10th, with general availability starting July 24th.

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