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Samsung Galaxy Watch4 series bridges health, wellness, and technology

Raising the bar on smartwatch experience

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Behold, Samsung decks out the new Galaxy Watch4 series!

The new lineup introduces the Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic featuring the new WearOS by Samsung and Google. It’s also powered by OneUI and equipped with better hardware to redesign the smartwatch experience.

More importantly, the Galaxy Watch4 series delivers a suite of wellness features to achieve that fit and healthy lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of.

Bridging health and technology

Samsung’s smartwatch lineup has just raised the bar for wearables. The Galaxy Watch4 series is equipped with a groundbreaking BioActive Sensor that helps users monitor their blood pressure, heart rate, and measure their blood oxygen level.

For a more holistic peek at your health, Samsung introduces a Body Composition analysis tool for the first time. You can check your skeletal muscle, fat mass, body fat, BMI, body water, etc.

It also comes with advanced sleep management to help you understand your sleeping patterns through Sleep Score, therefore, getting the rightful rest that you need. The sound of your snores is also detected through your smartphone, while the smartwatch tracks your blood oxygen level even if you’re asleep.

For those who are trying to add more exercise to their daily routines, the Galaxy Watch4 series serves guided workouts and plenty of features to aid you in your fitness journey.

Keeping it simple and easy

Samsung aims to make the smartwatch experience convenient and efficient for all kinds of users. With the new OneUI Watch, the Galaxy Watch4 series recognizes the most important settings on your phone and syncs it instantly. For instance, having Do Not Disturb on your phone will reflect the same setting on your watch. It also automatically downloads any apps on your phone that are compatible with the smartwatch.

There are new gestures too that work seamlessly when using Galaxy devices. You can toggle audio between your phone and watch, receive and reject calls, and dismiss notifications and alarms using just your wrist.

Good news to Bixby fans, if there are any. Bixby can be used to control your mobile experience. And if you’re watching the Galaxy Watch4 Classic, you can use the rotating bezel as well.

Supported by Google

Having the new WearOS, the fruit of collaboration between Samsung and Google, the Galaxy Watch4 series brings an expansive ecosystem to your wrist — from popular Google apps and Samsung’s very own Samsung Pay, SmartThings, and Bixby, to leading third-party apps such as Spotify, Strava, adidas Running, and Calm.

Better hardware performance

Samsung seriously upgraded the Galaxy Watch4 series with its first-ever 5nm processor, higher-resolution display, and expanded 16GB of memory for your favorite apps, music, and photos — secured by Samsung’s Knox security platform.

It’s also equipped with an eSim technology so you can leave your phone behind. And even when you’re away, the smartwatches now come with longer battery life, lasting up to 40 hours. It also charges quickly, providing up to 10 hours of battery life even if you charge for only 30 minutes.

Pricing and availability in the US

The Galaxy Watch4 series will be available for pre-order starting August 11 and will be available in retail stores on August 27.

For those who prefer the modern and minimalist watch, the Galaxy Watch4 will come in two sizes (40mm and 44mm), and four colors: Black, Silver, Pink Gold (4omm only), and Green (44mm only). It will retail for US$ 250 for Bluetooth versions and US$ 300 for LTE models.

The Galaxy Watch4 Classic, on the other hand, starts at US$ 350 for Bluetooth versions and US$ 400 for LTE models. It will be available in 42mm and 46mm variants in Black and Silver.

Pricing and availability in the Philippines

In the Philippines, the Galaxy Watch4 series will be available for pre-order starting August 19 until September 21. The Galaxy Watch4 will be available in two sizes (40mm and 44mm) with Black and Silver leading the color options. The Pink Gold (40mm) and Green (44mm) will be exclusive to Samsung’s Online Store.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Watch4 Classic will be available in 42mm and 46mm variants in Black and Silver. Pricing are as follows:

Galaxy Watch4 Classic 46mm (Black, Silver)

  • Bluetooth — PhP 19,990

Galaxy Watch4 Classic 42mm (Black, Silver)

  • Bluetooth — PhP 17,990

Galaxy Watch4 44mm (Black, Silver, Sophisticated Green)

  • Bluetooth — PhP 14,990

Galaxy Watch4 40mm (Black, Silver, Pink Gold)

  • Bluetooth — PhP 12,990

Pricing and availability in Singapore

In Singapore, will be available for pre-order starting August 11, 2021. Those who pre-order will be able to claim the device on September 2, 2021. Pricing are as follows:

Galaxy Watch4 Classic 46mm (Black, Silver)

  • Bluetooth — SG$ 598
  • LTE — SG$ 748

Galaxy Watch4 Classic 42mm (Black, Silver)

  • Bluetooth — SG$ 548
  • LTE — SG$ 698

Galaxy Watch4 44mm (Black, Silver, Green)

  • Bluetooth — SG$ 448
  • LTE — SG$ 548

Galaxy Watch4 40mm (Black, Silver, Gold)

  • Bluetooth — SG$ 398
  • LTE — SG$ 498

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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