Samsung Launches $400 Smart Ring and Ultra Watch to Challenge Apple

Samsung Electronics Co. is upping its bid to rival Apple Inc. in wearables by launching a smart ring and releasing a new high-end wearable with a similar look and features as the Apple Watch Ultra.

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(Bloomberg) — Samsung Electronics Co. is upping its bid to rival Apple Inc. in wearables by launching a smart ring and releasing a new high-end wearable with a similar look and features as the Apple Watch Ultra.

At its Unpacked event in Paris, the company said its long-anticipated Galaxy Ring will cost $400 and monitor a wearer’s fitness and sleep. The ring will have sensors for skin temperature, track women’s menstrual cycle and last up to a week on a single charge, the company said. Adding to the focus on digital health at the event, Samsung’s other major new debut was the Galaxy Watch Ultra, a $650 wearable made of titanium with sleep apnea detection and two-day battery life.



Samsung’s push into the premium segment of health gadgets shows the world’s biggest smartphone maker taking on Apple and smaller boutique outfits like Oura Health Oy, the maker of the eponymous Oura ring. For the Korean firm, whose consumer tech business was a rare bright spot in a tough 2023, it marks the latest step in building out an Apple-like ecosystem of complementary products. It’ll also serve as a test of how much people are willing to spend on health and wellness gadgets.

“Smart rings have been a niche market; we’re expecting less than two million units to ship this year. That compares to the much larger smartwatch market of 163 million units,” said Bryan Ma, vice president at IDC. “Samsung has the potential to change the market size given its tremendous distribution foo.