Update: February 5, 2023 (9:10 AM ET): We’ve updated our Galaxy Ring hub with information about its launch window.
Original article: Samsung’s watches are among the best smartwatches in today’s market. Despite the line’s success, Samsung doesn’t appear ready to rest on its laurels. Instead, the company is pivoting to a much smaller form factor (and a different body part). Possibly sliding soon onto fingers near you, here’s everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Ring.
At a Glance: Samsung Galaxy Ring
- When might it come out? It’s almost impossible to predict when the new wearable may be released. Samsung did not provide any information in its official Galaxy Unpacked event teaser. However, an executive has stated that it’s coming out in the second half of the year.
- What new features could it have? A finger-based wearable is a huge pivot for Samsung compared to its successful line of smartwatches. According to the company, the device will be a”powerful and accessible” wellness device. We anticipate it will be similar to the company’s wrist-based wearables but offer shoppers a much smaller form factor.
- How much might it cost? Our best guess is that Samsung will price its Galaxy Ring within spitting distance of comparable devices, such as the Oura Ring 3. This makes a cost of around $300 most likely.
Would a Samsung Galaxy Ring exist?
It is now safe to say that Samsung is officially making a smart ring. On January 17, the company teased the ring at its Galaxy Unpacked event. Though details were limited, Samsung displayed the first images we’ve seen of the device and dubbed it the Galaxy Ring.
Patents for the device were reported in 2022, and the Korean Intellectual Property Right Information Service (KIPRIS) granted a trademark for the Samsung Galaxy Ring.
We’ve been ignoring Apple Watch ring rumors for years now, but the fact is that smart rings are gaining traction. The screen-free experience appeals to many users who just want to track their basics without distractions. Korean news outlet The Elec reported in mid-July that the Galaxy Ring is in “advanced development,” and now we have images from the company itself.
Predicted Release Date for the Samsung Galaxy Ring
The release date for Samsung’s first attempt is challenging to estimate. Branching into new territory, Samsung won’t want to miss its mark. To compete with existing smart rings, the company must have the device well buttoned up before launch.
A July 2023 report from The Elec suggests that the launch may happen in 2024 at the earliest. If Samsung decides to seek medical approval, the timeline could be stretched out even further. “Even if Samsung Electronics starts product development in September and finishes development by April next year, it will take an additional 10 to 12 months to obtain medical device approval,” an industry source told the outlet, potentially pushing the release date to 2025.
Meanwhile, an APK teardown of the Galaxy Wearable app back in September 2023 revealed code referring to a 2024 launch date for the smart ring.
In the wake of the January 17 Unpacked event, analyst Avi Greengart went hands-on with Galaxy Ring prototypes and confirmed on Threads that it would launch in 2024. However, he didn’t give an exact timeline for the launch.
Our best information yet came from a Samsung executive on LinkedIn in February 2024, who stated that the Galaxy Ring would launch in the second half of the year.