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Samsung is launching ECG monitoring for the Galaxy Watch 3

Available starting today

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As the world becomes more health-conscious, smartwatches are packing in more sensors. Besides the traditional palette of fitness sensors, today’s wearables can now detect electrocardiograms (ECG), blood oxygen levels, and even stress levels. Coinciding with this trend, Samsung is launching ECG monitoring for the Galaxy Watch 3.

Announced during the initial launch, the feature will finally make its way to users in the United States. Samsung is rolling out the update through the Samsung Health Monitor app. Besides ECG tracking, the Galaxy Watch 3 can also monitor their user’s blood oxygen levels.

Starting today, Galaxy Watch 3 users can track their heart rhythms for irregularities. The feature can accurately detect any heretofore undetected disorders such as atrial fibrillation. After which, users can send reports to their healthcare providers for additional help.

The feature’s rollout undoubtedly increases the watch’s value for potential customers holding out on a purchase. It took a while because the feature just passed through the US Food and Drug Administration. Other smartwatches — like the Fitbit Sense — have also promised similar features coming after their respective launches.

If you’re wondering about the sudden influx in the feature, health experts are studying the correlation between blood oxygen levels and COVID-19. Having the ability to track blood oxygen might prove useful in preventing infection.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is available now. It starts at US$ 399.99.

SEE ALSO: Samsung has announced the Galaxy Watch 3 Titanium

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Huawei launches GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear II

With updated smart functions

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Last year, Huawei showcased a one-of-a-kind smart eyeglasses designed for fashion-conscious consumers, the GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear. Now, the company is back at it again with a second-gen version of the eyeglasses, now featuring a much-streamlined design and smarter functions.

A more comfortable and immersive wearing experience

The temples of GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear II is made of plastic titanium for lower density and lighter weight. This should guarantee a more comfortable wearing experience for the user. Meanwhile, Huawei constructed the temple hinges out of titanium elastic to increase the eyewear’s holding strength.

The eyewear also comes with a 20-degree curved earpiece angle, which is a huge improvement from its predecessor’s 12-degree angle.

Users will also feel a noticeable difference in the sound quality of the eyewear. The large-amplitude loudspeaker inside is bigger and slimmer.  Such improvements translate to a much-wider soundstage, allowing for an immersive experience than ever before.

Like before, the smart eyewear still includes a unique acoustic design that adapts to the user and their environment. Two semi-open speakers on both sides of the temples transmit sound directly through a directional chamber, reducing leakage and providing a stereo-like listening experience. To further reduce sound leakage, the temple features a leakage hole design that offset sound waves.

The eyewear also has an adaptive volume technology that can lower or raise the speaker volume accordingly depending on the surrounding noise.

Smarter eyewear features

The Gentle Monster Eyewear II also features updated gesture controls. Pairing the eyewear is much simpler now, with users only needing to pinch the left temple to start the process. Meanwhile, double-tapping on the left temple activates the eyewear’s voice assistant.

Swipe gestures are also included in the eyewear. A few swipes on the temples either play the next/previous song or raises/lower the eyewear’s volume.

The eyewear also intelligently detects its wear status. For instance, it automatically pauses any playing music when a user takes it off. It also displays a battery status window on the companion smartphone if a user puts it on after a long period of inactivity. Tapping on the window opens the eyewear’s settings so users can check and tweak it further. Furthermore, the eyewear also greets the user when they put it on the first time each day.

Huawei rates the GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear II for five hours of continuous music playback. The eyewear improved upon its predecessor by bundling a new NFC wireless charging technology allowing quick and hassle-free charging anytime, anywhere.

Pricing and availability

The eyewear now retails in Singapore for SG$ 638 in select Huawei concept stores. This price applies to both the Myma and Havana model. Buyers can also purchase the eyewear at authorized resellers like Best Denki, Challenger & Hachi.tech, COURTS, Harvey Norman, as well as online stores such as Lazada and Shopee.

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Apple Watch SE keeps overheating in South Korea

Malfunctioning screens and burn spots

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When you own a smartwatch, you often want timely notifications on your wrist. That said, expertly timed notifications are often just tiny vibrations or tiny beeps. However, a smartwatch burning your wrist is a bit much. Unfortunately, Apple Watch users are ending up with scorch marks on their arms. In South Korea, the Apple Watch SE keeps overheating and malfunctioning.

As documented in a Reddit post, there are already six individual cases of the Apple Watch SE overheating. In all cases, the smartwatch ended up with a yellow patch on the screen, likely where the overheating happened. In four cases, the watch overheated while the user was asleep. Luckily, Apple has not disputed these claims, offering the users either refunds or replacement products.

According to the post, the yellow spot is “above the display connectors” and “far from the battery.” At this point, there is no documented risk of the device blowing up, at least.

Affected devices are all from the Apple Watch SE 40mm series of devices. These include both GPS and cellular. They also include Silver, Space Gray, and Nike Edition variants.

Apple has not released any breakdown information on the Apple Watch SE about the incidents yet. Unofficial breakdowns have not revealed the problem as well.

The company launched the Apple Watch SE last month. The new series brings Apple’s wearable experience to a more budget-conscious market. That said, you might want to stay away from the affected devices above for now.

SEE ALSO: Apple Watch Series 6 vs Watch SE: Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide

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Huawei Watch Fit price and availability in Singapore

Good for getting you started on fitness

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Huawei’s everyday smartwatch — the Huawei Watch Fit — is coming to Singapore.

The Watch fit comes with an assortment of fitness courses, workout modes, and health tracking features, you can get into new routines to reassess your health and fitness.

It has this virtual dude in an orange shirt to show you how to do quick workouts. The workouts range from re-energizing, relaxing your head and shoulders, to fat burners and more challenging ab and core workouts.

When you’re ready to press further, the Watch Fit can track 96 other workout modes. Now, you don’t have to do them all. Just pick a few that you really want to do and stick to those.

It promises up to 10 days of battery life. What does that mean for you? It means you can go about your week unbothered. Making things even easier is the 1.64-inch AMOLED display. It’s large enough to be functional, but not too large that it takes all the attention when you have it on.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Watch Fit will retail for SG$ 148 and will be available starting October 24, 2020 in all Huawei Concept stores in Singapore, local telecommunication operators Singtel and StarHub; selected consumer electronic stores including Best Denki, Challenger &Hachi.tech, COURTS, Harvey Norman and official online stores with Lazada and Shopee.

It will be available in three colors: Graphite Black, Mint Green, Sakura Pink.

Pre-order period is from October 17 to 23 with an exclusive bundle worth SG$ 116 that includes the Huawei Body Fat Scale and Huawei Mini Speaker.

SEE ALSO:
Huawei Watch Fit review: Great for getting you moving
Reasons to buy the Huawei Watch Fit

 

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