5 New Samsung Galaxy Ring Details We Learned at MWC 2024

In Short
  • Samsung Galaxy Ring made its first public appearance during MWC 2024 and will launch in the second half of 2024.
  • The Galaxy Ring is confirmed to come in 3 different colors, Black, Silver, and Gold, and 9 different sizes.
  • The wearable will bring features like My Vitality Score and Booster Card and up to 9 days of battery life.

Ever since Samsung teased its Galaxy Ring at the Unpacked 2024 event alongside the Galaxy S24 series last month, we’ve been on our toes for more details. Thanks to the ongoing MWC 2024 event in Barcelona, we got to see Samsung’s much-anticipated Ring in all its glory with its very first public appearance. Some interesting details about the Galaxy Ring have also been revealed, and we are all for it! So, without any further ado, let’s take you through it all.

1. Colors & Sizes

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MWC 2024 saw the Korean company confirm its Galaxy Ring to come in Black, Silver, and Gold color finishes. In addition, the Galaxy Ring will also be arriving in 9 different size options, from 5 to 13.

This is similar to the versatile size options of the Oura Ring. However, the Galaxy Ring does offer an additional size compared to the Oura Ring’s eight options. Another popular option, the Ultrahuman Ring AIR is available in 7 size options, from 6 to 12.

2. Galaxy Ring Weight

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Now, varying sizes means that the weight of all these variants will be different as well. However, the good thing is that the maximum the Galaxy Ring will weigh is just 2.9 grams, as reported by Android Police. That is half the weight of the Oura Ring’s heaviest variant, which weighs 6 grams.

This makes the Galaxy Ring lighter than the Ultrahuman Ring AIR as well, with its heaviest variant weighing 3.6 grams. This is a pretty big deal and will understandably create quite the difference in crafting a good overall user experience.

3. Battery Life

Talking about the size options and weight of the Galaxy Ring, the battery life of its variants will also factor in. Thanks to Financial News’ presence at the Galaxy Ring briefing, we have some important details in this regard too.

Financial News noted Dr. Han Pak, VP and Head of Samsung’s Digital Health team, stating that the Galaxy Ring will bring a battery life of “about 5-9 days to users. So, even the lightest variant of the Galaxy Ring will offer around 5 days of backup, which is pretty solid.

This falls in line with what Samsung President Roh Tae-moon told TechM, stating that the Samsung ring wearable will provide a backup of up to 9 days. Do note that this is also similar to what the Oura Ring and Ultrahuman Ring AIR offer.

Of course, real-life testing will reveal how true this claim actually is. However, it is understandable to expect this kind of battery life from smart rings, especially since they lack displays that require the most juice.

4. Healthcare Features

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Samsung has put a lot of thought into designing the Galaxy Ring and making it a healthcare-centric wearable. During the briefing, Financial News noted Pak stating, “We chose the finger because it has a lot of blood vessels and veins passing through the finger, so it is very easy to collect the information that is actually collected from the wrist.”

So, understandably, this chosen form factor of the device will be backed by features that make sense. Galaxy Ring will feature something called a My Vitality Score, as we covered in a story recently. This will provide users with a physical and mental readiness score of sorts.

This will showcase to users how productive they can be based on this scoring. This feature will use data extracted through sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, and other sensors.

Additionally, the Galaxy Ring will also bring Booster Cards to its users, which will provide them with additional guidance within the Samsung Health app. Pak also confirmed that Samsung is working on an AI fitness coach, and we can also expect to see it get integrated into the Ring’s framework when it lands.

On top of that, Pak has confirmed that the Galaxy Ring will provide fertility tracking for women. This feature will be available through an integration within the Samsung partner app called Natural Cycles.

Not to mention that the Galaxy Ring will also bring advanced sleep tracking to its users. Based on the data from the users’ heart rate, respiratory rate and movements made when sleeping, Galaxy Ring will be able to provide detailed sleep metrics. It will also get a “Sleep Apnea” feature. That is pretty interesting, and we are looking forward to putting it to the test when the Ring lands!

5. Release Window

For the most part, details about the Galaxy Ring’s release date are still under wraps, and we don’t have anything concrete from Samsung. However, Dr. Pak teased the Galaxy Ring’s release to be later this year” in a Newsroom post.

It is highly expected that the Galaxy Ring will be launched alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6 sometime around late July to early August.

This falls in line with what Pak told TheElec during a Galaxy Ring briefing at MWC 2024 recently, teasing its launch in the second half of the year. In addition, Pak also stated that the R&D for the Galaxy Ring is in its final stages.

Financial News was also present during this briefing and noted Pak stating, “People want products that are comfortable, stylish, and have a good battery and last a long time. Reflecting the voices of these users, we have come to think that now is the right time.” With this, it does make sense as to why Samsung is pushing for the Ring’s release to be by this year itself.

We already know that Samsung’s Galaxy Ring may not be compatible with iOS, since most of the recent Galaxy Watches are not either. Android exclusivity is what allows Samsung’s ecosystem to thrive with the addition of the Ring. However, we do hope that Samsung does not impose any sort of subscription on the Galaxy Ring to bring out its utmost potential as a health and wellness boss.

Oura Ring suffers from this problem, as quite a few of its features are locked behind a paywall. Now, Samsung does not require this subscription to survive the market. So, it won’t make sense for them to impose anything of this sort.

However, users will definitely benefit from being in the Samsung ecosystem. Dr. Pak has revealed how wearing both a Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Ring will further enhance the accuracy of metrics, especially when it comes to sleep tracking. This will undoubtedly give Samsung leverage over other smartphone makers who have not yet built this rigid ecosystem.

Meanwhile, reports also suggest that Apple is developing a smart ring to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Ring. If that is indeed true, Samsung needs to look out as Apple is no joke. Moreover, only time will tell if we are ready to put a Galaxy Ring on it.

What about you? Are you excited for the Galaxy Ring? Let us know in the comments down below!

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