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Samsung launches the Galaxy Watch5 series

Featuring a regular and a Pro version

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The latest Unpacked event shone the spotlight on the latest foldables in Samsung’s lineup. However, the event also saw the debut of the Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro. If the brand’s smartphones aren’t enough to stave off your hunger for all things Samsung, you can check out these new wearables now.

Galaxy Watch5

First of all, both wearables are bringing the best in health and fitness tracking. As introduced in the previous generation, the Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro have three health sensors: Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart Signal, and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis. It also introduces a new temperature sensor. With an increase in size, the series promises more accurate tracking this time.

In terms of fitness, the smartwatch features a new Body Composition tool which paints an accurate portrait of a user’s fitness. It can suggest workouts and goals personally tailored according to each user. Further, the series can analyze post-workout recovery, including how much water to consume based on sweat loss.

With improved Sleep Scores and Sleep Coaching, the Galaxy Watch5 series can suggest ways to make a user’s quality of sleep better. Plus, with SmartThings integration, the watch can automatically control connected devices — like lights, TVs, and AC units — to create a comfortable sleeping environment. If a user falls, it also has fall detection to contact emergency services.

With up to 410mAh of battery, the smartwatch can last all day long and can provide eight hours of life with just eight minutes of charging. It is also the first Samsung watch to feature Sapphire Crystal for its display, providing excellent durability.

Galaxy Watch5 Pro

However, if all that’s not enough, Samsung also has the more rugged Galaxy Watch5 Pro. Besides the Sapphire Crystal display, it also has a durable titanium casing for outdoor use. It also has a D-Buckle Sport Band for more durability outside of the device.

The improved smartwatch also features a bigger battery, topping off at 590mAh. If you’re camping outdoors, the Watch5 Pro has you covered. There are also outdoor-focused apps to keep you safe and protected outside.

Speaking of outdoor sports, the series also offers a Galaxy Watch5 Golf Edition, which offers unlimited access to the Smart Caddie app and several themed customization options.

Price and availability

Like the Galaxy Z series, the Watch5 series will start selling on August 26. Pre-orders start today through August 25. Those who pre-order can avail of a free Wireless Charger Duo, up to US$ 125 worth of trade-in value, and US$ 50 credit for accessories.

While both will offer Graphite and Silver as colors, the two options for the Galaxy Watch5 — 40mm and 44mm — will each have an exclusive color. The small 40mm version will offer Pink Gold, and the large 44mm version will have Sapphire. It starts at US$ 279.99.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro will offer Black Titanium and Gray Titanium. It starts at US$ 449.99.


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Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and Review (Part 1)

Is it really worth your hard-earned savings?

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After several years of waiting, an Apple Watch dedicated for explorers, adventure-seekers, and elite athletes is finally here!

Lo and behold, the new Apple Watch Ultra.

While just being a first product of its kind, it actually offers features that can rival its popular competitors.

But is it worth your hard-earned money considering its price tag starts at a whopping US$ 799 / S$ 1199 / ₱53,990?

Watch how Michael Josh unwraps the new watch in the latest Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and First Review.

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Nothing teases new earbuds called the Ear Stick

Fashion!

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Carl Pei’s Nothing continues to be one of the most eccentric tech brands today. Starting with a couple of enigmatic releases, the company is still riding the trend with its upcoming device. Debuting exclusively during a fashion show, Nothing has announced its next product, the Ear Stick.

While it’s a step up in creativity from “ear (1)” or “phone (1),” “Ear Stick” is certainly a unique choice for the name of a new tech product. However, if you see the product, it’s also an accurate one.

The upcoming Ear Stick refers to the cylindrical charging case which will carry the company’s next set of earbuds. Shaped like a tube of lipstick, the charging case is a unique take on what the industry considers as the default shape of similar products. That said, it makes sense to unveil it during a fashion show — specifically, Chet Lo’s SS23 runway.

True to its fashionista pedigree, the case will come in at least three different flavors: white with a red cover, blue with pink, and green with yellow.

Unfortunately, the fashion show reveal did not show what the actual earbuds look like. According to Nothing, the new device will look different to how the ear (1)’s design. As always, users will have to wait for any crumbs that the company will sporadically sprinkle all over.

SEE ALSO: Nothing officially launches Phone 1

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Garmin Forerunner 255 series now official

With full triathlon support

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Garmin Forerunner 255

Garmin has launched two new running smartwatches providing full triathlon support and new training metrics in the Forerunner 255S and Forerunner 255S Music.

Succeeding the Forerunner 245 series, both wearables come in a more compact 41mm sized case with even more enhanced features when paired with a smartphone.

The Forerunner 255S is priced at PhP 21,975 while the Forerunner Music retails for PhP 25,115, available via Garmin Brand Stores, kinetic.com.ph, Lazada, Shopee, and Garmin PH’s Viber Community.

Full triathlon support, new training metrics

Aside from what running and fitness smartwatches usually provide, the Forerunner 255 Series is capable of full triathlon support wherein users can easily switch between sports with a button press during actual races.

A race widget enables users to view information related to race preparation as well, including predictions, countdown clocks, and even race day weather. Speaking of which, the morning report feature shows the day’s weather and daily workout suggestions.

When it comes to health monitoring, the series has Wrist-based Pulse Ox 3 and the Body Battery that shows current energy levels, on top of tracking for women.

Garmin Coach lets runners train for a 5K, 10K, or half-marathon run with free personalized plans that suit the preparation.

Garmin has likewise improved its GPS accuracy with multi-band, multi-satellite system tracking. Safety-wise, the Forerunner 255 series has LiveTrack, incident detection and assistance, and will automatically upload activities to Garmin Connect.

Any purchase of the Forerunner 255 series lets customers avail of a 20 percent discount voucher for ASICS.

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