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First, there were fitness trackers, then smartwatches. Now, Samsung is entering the smart ring market with the Galaxy Ring. Announced back in January, we spent some time with it at MWC, and it's the wearable I'm most excited about this year.

Why? Well, you'll need to read on to find out, but the answer is pretty simple: it takes the power of Samsung Health and Samsung's expertise in wearables and tackles a nascent market that only has Oura as an established major player. Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy Ring in the second half of this year, and we expect to spend more time with it in the coming months.

In the meantime, however, here's everything we know about the Galaxy Ring and why you should be excited.

What is the Galaxy Ring?

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The Galaxy Ring is Samsung's answer to the Oura Ring and is designed to offer Samsung a way to entice customers who aren't interested in a smartwatch or fitness tracker. While smartwatches are all the rage, thanks to Apple, most customers use analog watches.

Smartwatches haven't been able to replace analog watches, but the Galaxy Ring could be the answer Samsung has been looking for. Instead of needing to replace a watch – which is a very subjective experience – a wearable designed as a ring doesn't have the same problems. Instead, it can be an addition to your watch, not a replacement.

The Galaxy Ring comes in nine sizes – five to 13 – and three finishes: black, silver, and gold. When I put it on my finger, the first thing that surprised me was how light and comfortable it was. The heaviest Galaxy Ring weighs 2.9 grams, compared to the Oura Ring, which weighs between four and six grams. It may not seem like much, but this makes all the difference. The sensors also appear to be smaller than on the Oura Ring, so if the Oura Ring is uncomfortable for you, the Galaxy Ring may be perfect.

The Galaxy Ring will also launch Samsung's new metric, My Vitality Score. Coming to the Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy S24 series in a future update, My Vitality Score is Samsung's take on providing a Readiness score as found on other wearables, such as the Whoop band (and the Oura Ring). Essentially, you can expect personalized insights based on various health metrics your Galaxy Ring (and other Samsung wearables) are all tracking.

Why I am excited about the Galaxy Ring

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My biggest issue with the Oura Ring is its design. The convex design rounds outwards like a traditional ring, and when you have health conditions that cause your fingers to swell — like my heart disease — it becomes very uncomfortable to wear. On more than one occasion, I've had to remove my Oura Ring because it felt too tight, and even now, it's in a drawer somewhere.

I barely wear it anymore, but I will likely always wear the Galaxy Ring. Why? The design. By adopting the opposite design style – a concave design that bends inwards – the Galaxy Ring is incredibly comfortable, especially when you have swollen fingers. I tried both side-by-side, and the Oura Ring was tight on my swollen fingers, while the Galaxy Ring fit perfectly.

According to Dr. Hon Pak, Samsung's Chief Medical Officer, the concave design also helps improve blood flow and swelling. Although I only spent a few minutes with the Galaxy Ring and couldn't take photos of it on my finger, the design choices will likely make it infinitely more comfortable and usable if you have blood issues that cause swelling.

The Galaxy Ring excites me because of how impressive Samsung Health is

I'm a big fan of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic, which is the perfect wearable for all Android users. The Galaxy Ring excites me because of how impressive Samsung Health is. I've been using Samsung Health for years, and it's now the most complete Health suite of any major technology player. It cannot yet sync medical records, but this is expected to launch later this year.

The Galaxy Ring is the perfect addition to the Galaxy ecosystem because it lets you drop the wearable on your wrist at night. Most people charge their watches at night, meaning you can't track your sleep, but the Galaxy Ring is perfect if this is you: let your Watch charge and rest assured that your Ring should be able to track most, if not all, of the same metrics.

What will the Galaxy Ring measure?

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I say should, because this is a big unknown right now. There are months until Samsung launches the Galaxy RIng, and so far, we're aware that they are still working on the final product (to be expected, even in the days before and after the launch).

Talking to Dr. Hon Pak in a roundtable at MWC, it was clear that Samsung plans to load the Galaxy Ring with as many features as possible. There is a significantly smaller surface area to add sensors, so it's unclear whether Samsung will get all the existing Galaxy Watch features into the Galaxy Ring.

We expect the Galaxy Ring to be on par with the Oura Ring. The Oura Ring can measure everything from the basics (heart rate, sleep, and activity) to more advanced metrics such as heart rate variability (HRV), blood oxygen rate, and body temperature. We expect the Galaxy Ring to do all of the above. Samsung has worked closely with the National Sleep Foundation to build its Sleep features, so we expect Sleep to be a large part of why people buy the Galaxy Ring.

Samsung could also use the Galaxy Ring to debut more advanced features it has been working on. The company has been working on blood pressure monitoring and AFib detection, which will likely require FDA approval. It's highly unlikely that the FDA will approve these in time for the Galaxy Ring's launch, especially since it would be one of the first devices to foray into blood pressure monitoring. According to reports, the Galaxy Ring could also be used to control other Samsung devices, such as your watch or phone.

What about Samsung Food?

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A report from Korean outlet Chosun Biz also suggests that the Galaxy Ring will work with Samsung Food— a rebrand of the Whisk app that Samsung acquired last year — to offer optimized recipes based on the wearer's Body Mass Index and target caloric intake and then tweak them further based on the daily metrics provided by the Galaxy Ring.

I love the concept of a feature like this, as it's like having a personal chef, but one that constantly adjusts your meal plan based on what's happening inside you. If you've had a super active day and haven't eaten much, it might recommend a dense meal, whereas for a day where you have eaten a lot but haven't worked out as much (we all have them!), it may nudge you towards lower calorie meals that will still satisfy your hunger.

The Galaxy Ring, combined with Samsung Food, could be the holy-grail of holistic health and nutritional advice.

Samsung Food already links with Samsung's smart refrigerators, so it can already make recommendations based on what's in your fridge. However, adding Samsung Food support to a wearable should mean it can complete the holy grail by offering food recommendations that match your needs right now, with ingredients you already have in your fridge. In South Korea, Samsung e-Food can already place orders for you, and we hope this will also come to Western markets. Presumably, your fridge will also be able to log when you take items out of the fridge and consume them, especially as it's human nature to be tempted to cheat by not logging something. Regardless, Samsung Food is available in 104 countries so there's a strong chance meal-planning will get a global launch alongside the Galaxy Ring.

Samsung and Apple have both been working for years on non-invasive blood glucose monitoring, and the latest developments could be the first step towards the next generation of health: one where personalized nutrition and health recommendations come from and are tweaked using actual data from a sensor versus more generalist advice that doesn't take into account your health. As a diabetic this is my holy grail – a wearable that measures my blood sugar and the rest of my health, and provides meal recommendations based on what I have in the fridge (or a list of ingredients if I haven't been shopping yet).

The Galaxy Ring is the health device I'm most excited about in 2024

Even though I've used it for just a few minutes, the Galaxy Ring left a mark on me: it's been a long time since I was this excited about a new wearable device. In particular, it's not just the technology but rather what I'll be able to do with it. With Apple also rumored to be working on a smart ring, the battle for finger supremacy is likely just beginning, and I can't wait!

Samsung's health pedigree will help the Galaxy Ring capture the imagination and become the must-have wearable for 2024.

Oura raised awareness of the smart ring market, and others have jumped in. Now it's time for Samsung to do what it does best: enter the market, deploy its resources and make the Galaxy Ring the must-have wearable for 2024. This should also entice other players to enter the market, making smart rings the next big health device frontier that everyone fights over.

What else do we know about the Galaxy Ring?

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Despite having some brief time with it and talking to Samsung, there's not much we know about the Galaxy Ring. Samsung is understandably keeping the Galaxy Ring a closely guarded secret, and even the battery capacities and size will be tweaked before the launch. In fact, the battery sizes had already been tweaked from the versions I saw at MWC before I even saw it.

Galaxy Ring FAQs

We still have some other questions and other pieces of information (mostly based on current rumors and our own analysis), which we've covered in the FAQs below. We'll keep this page updated as we learn more.

When is the Galaxy Ring launching?

Samsung said they'll be launching the Galaxy Ring this year, and the latest rumors suggest a H2 launch. This would tie in to other wearables, with Samsung launching the Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 5 series alongside its foldables in previous years. If this holds, this would mean a launch around July or August this year, with the Ring likely going on sale before the end of the year. Samsung has reportedly begun production with around 400,000 units expected to be made, so it's clear the company expects the Galaxy Ring to be popular.

How much will the Galaxy Ring cost?

Like most products that are yet to have an official reveal, we don't know the exact price. However, its likely to be competitively priced compared to the competition. The Oura Ring starts at $299 at Best Buy, while other smart rings such as the Circular Pro 1 and Ultrahuman Ring AIR come in at $410 and $349 respectively. Our best guess is that it will cost more than $300.

What's less clear is whether it will need a subscription. None of Samsung's other wearables require a subscription, but there are plenty of new features expected with the Galaxy Ring that could justify it. Most likely however, Samsung won't require a subscription for basic features, unlike the Oura Ring which costs $5.99 per month. Considering the Oura Ring Gen 3 is virtually useless without a subscription, there's clearly an opportunity here for Samsung.

What phones are compatible with the Galaxy Ring?

In a word: Samsung phones, and probably all Android phones. We say probably, as Dr. Hon Pak made it clear that it works with Samsung phones right now but the company is still working on support for all Android phones. Crucially, there's no iOS support planned and Dr. Pak said that Samsung hopes the Galaxy Ring will compel iPhone-users to make the switch.

How does the Galaxy Ring compare to Oura Ring?

The Galaxy Ring comes in the same sizes as the Oura Ring, but is signfiicantly lighter. It's unclear how it will be priced, but the Oura Ring represents a significant investment and Samsung has the resources to offer the same features without the costly subscription.

The biggest difference between the two is the design: the Galaxy Ring uses an concave design that bends inwards, while the Oura Ring is flat with an outward bend. The result is the Galaxy Ring is much more comfortable, especially when you have health conditions that cause your fingers to swell.

Will there be a Galaxy Ring sizing kit?

It's unclear, but we'd expect so: the Galaxy Ring comes in nine sizes, which means you'll need to size it somehow. It's unclear whether Samsung will follow the original Oura model – send out a sizing kit, then your ring once you confirm your size – or adopt a different approach. We expect retail partners to play their part as well – you can walk into a Best Buy right now and size up your Oura Ring before walking out with it, and we'd be shocked if Samsung didn't have sizing kits in every Best Buy store, as well as every retailer and carrier partner.

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