March 4, 2024

What we know and what we want to see

Update: February 5, 2023 (9:10 am ET): We’ve updated our Galaxy Ring hub with information about its launch window.

Original article: Samsung watches are among the best smartwatches on the market today. Despite the line’s success, Samsung doesn’t seem willing to rest on its laurels. Instead, the company is switching to a much smaller form factor (and a different body part). Possibly coming to your fingers near you soon, here’s everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Ring.

Samsung Galaxy Ring: at a glance

  • When could I leave? It’s almost impossible to guess when the new wearable will arrive. Samsung did not offer any information in its official preview of the Galaxy Unpacked event. However, an executive has stated that it will be released in the second half of the year.
  • What news could you have? A wearable device that can be worn with fingers is a big 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 wearables, but will offer buyers a much smaller form factor.
  • How much could it cost? Our best guess is that Samsung will price its Galaxy Ring within striking distance of comparable devices, like the Oura Ring 3. This makes it most likely around $300.

Will there be a Samsung Galaxy Ring?

It’s now safe to say that Samsung is officially making a smart ring. On January 17, the company previewed the ring at its Galaxy Unpacked event. Although details were limited, Samsung showed off the first images we saw of the device and called it the Galaxy Ring.

Patents for the device were reported in 2022 and the Korean Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS) granted a trademark for the Samsung Galaxy Ring.

We’ve been ignoring rumors about Apple Watch rings for years, but the fact is that smart rings are gaining ground. The screenless experience appeals to many users who just want to keep track of their basics without distractions. korean news outlet the electric reported in mid-July that the Galaxy Ring is in “advanced development” and now we have images from the company itself.

What is the most likely launch date for the Samsung Galaxy Ring?

It’s almost impossible to estimate a release date for Samsung’s first attempt. When expanding into new territory, Samsung will not want to fail. To compete with existing smart rings, the company must have the device securely fastened before launch.

A July 2023 report from the electric suggests the launch could happen in 2024 at the earliest. If Samsung decides to seek medical approval, the timeline could be extended further. “Even if Samsung Electronics begins product development in September and completes development in April next year, it will take an additional 10 to 12 months to obtain approval for the medical device,” an industry source told the outlet, which could push the release date back to 2025.

Meanwhile, a teardown of the Galaxy Wearable app APK in September 2023 revealed code referencing a 2024 release date for the smart ring.

In the wake of the Unpacked event on January 17, analyst Avi Greengart tested prototypes of the Galaxy Ring and confirmed on Threads that it would launch in 2024. However, he did not give an exact timeline for the launch.

Our best information so far came from a Samsung executive on LinkedIn in February 2024, who claimed that the Galaxy Ring would launch in the second half of the year.

What specifications and features could the Samsung Galaxy Ring have?

Samsung Galaxy Ring Patent

According to patent applications first reported by Korean outlet Naver, the ring may offer a good amount of health tracking. The presentation suggests the integration of ECG and PPG sensors, and this would likely mean the ability to take heart rate measurements and monitor temperature. These features align the ring with the current capabilities of Oura Ring 3, a leader in the smart ring market. In the images released by Samsung we can see three raised nodes inside the ring that are also very similar to that of the latest Oura model.

An even earlier patent points to possible smart home integration. Samsung may offer Galaxy Ring users the ability to control connected devices, such as a smart TV. The mid-July report the electric He also points out a recently filed patent by Samsung, which shows that a pair of XR glasses can use a smart ring to obtain positional information from your fingers and hands. In theory, that means precise hand and finger tracking in XR apps, allowing for precise control over the UI and apps. However, this is just a patent, so there’s no guarantee this feature will come to the Galaxy Ring or any other Samsung rings.

Another report from the electric It says that Samsung is working on a single model, so there is no Plus or Ultra version, of the smart ring in four sizes. He also claims that the advanced development version of the ring is too large for immediate commercialization. Samsung is reportedly trying to implement as many features as possible and plans to remove some of those features to reduce size during the mass production development phase.

According to analyst Avi Greengart, who saw a prototype of the ring, it will be available in sizes up to 13. The analyst also noted that Samsung planned to offer the smart ring in three finishes.

What could be the price of the Samsung Galaxy Ring?

The Samsung Galaxy Ring is highlighted at the company's January Unpacked event.

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In a word: expensive. The advanced technology required to turn a small ring into a viable fitness tracker costs quite a bit of money. I’m inclined to expect similar pricing to the company’s existing wearables.

The latest Oura Ring 3 starts at $299 and requires a monthly subscription to access its full feature set. Samsung has yet to adopt a subscription service for its Galaxy Watch line and I hope it doesn’t join the trend with the Galaxy Ring.

Should you wait for the Samsung Galaxy Ring?

An Oura Ring in stealth rests on a black surface.

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There’s a good chance the Samsung Galaxy Ring is worth the wait. On the other hand, with so many unknowns and possibly years before we see the ring on shelves, I don’t recommend holding your breath. The best wearable is always the one that helps you achieve your fitness goals now. If a finger-friendly wearable is on your shopping list, there are a few other options. The Oura Ring 3 ($299.99 at Oura) is our top pick with fantastic sleep tracking and a holistic approach to wellness. Meanwhile, the Circle Ring ($284 on the manufacturer’s site) is the best alternative to the Oura Ring 3. It tracks heart rate, sleep, and blood oxygen and doesn’t require a monthly subscription.

If you’d rather stay within Samsung’s ecosystem, it may be worth sticking with the company’s smartwatch lineup for now. The Galaxy Watch 6 ($299.99 at Samsung) offers a complete smartwatch experience with all the basics in terms of health and fitness tracking. The Galaxy Watch 6 Classic ($429 at Amazon) is a little more expensive but features a useful rotating bezel and elevated aesthetics.

Samsung Galaxy Ring: what I want to see

Oura Ring 3 in hand

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Oura 3 Ring

For starters, I’m happy to see that the Samsung Galaxy Ring will exist. A strong alternative to the Oura Ring could accelerate the entire smart ring trend and push more competitors to try it. I expect basic health tracking and decent battery life. Beyond that, below are some details I’m hoping to find on board as well.

Advanced health and training metrics.

Needless to say, I want to see detailed health metrics on Samsung’s potential Galaxy Ring, and according to Samsung, we should expect it. Heart rate monitoring and temperature tracking are two pillars of Oura that I found very useful during our review of the Oura Ring 3. If Samsung were to mirror these features, I hope to see more advanced use of temperature data, especially where regarding women’s health. In my opinion, where the Oura Ring falls short is in fitness tracking. Samsung could differentiate itself by offering a more complex feature set for athletes.

Fantastic sleep tracking

A Samsung Galaxy Watch displays information about the platform's sleep tracking.

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The Oura Ring 3 has the ring market cornered, and it did so by focusing on users’ Zs. A ridiculous number of people don’t get enough sleep, and offering a tool to manage the problem is a home run. Samsung recently ramped up its own sleep tracking, and I hope the company ports the platform to our fingers. Accuracy, knowledge, trends, and sleep advice are all things I’m interested in finding. Lightweight, comfortable, and without a bright screen to wake you up during the night, a smart ring is a foolproof bed companion.

A slim design

As small as existing smart rings seem compared to wrist-worn wearables, they’re still quite bulky. Many look like oversized wedding bands. I’d love to see Samsung offer a smaller form factor that doesn’t draw as many eyes. I would also be open to more Samsung Galaxy Ring colors and finishes than can be found in the current group of smart rings.

It’s hard to tell for sure from the images released, but it appears the ring will share similar specifications to the Oura ring. However, every millimeter makes a difference when you’re wearing something around your finger, so I still keep mine crossed.

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