Samsung releases its 1st smartwatch with blood-pressure features: 4 things to know

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Samsung released details on its new line of fitness wearables at an event Feb. 20, including notes on the company's first wearable device that can measure blood pressure, CNET reports.

Four things to know:

1. Samsung will release three new tools — the Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit and Fit E sport bands — as part of its new line of fitness wearables. Samsung launched its first fitness-focused smartwatch line, which included the Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch and Gear Fit 2 Pro fitness band, in 2017.

2. The Galaxy Watch Active, which includes more health and fitness capabilities than the company's previous Gear Sport and Galaxy Watch products, will be able to monitor users' blood pressure through My BP Lab App. The app, developed in partnership with UC San Francisco and set for a March 15 release, is designed to track blood pressure from the user's wrist.

3. The Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Fit both feature optical heart rate sensors, which are designed to perform continuous heart-rate monitoring and calculate calories while the wearer is exercising.

4. The Galaxy Watch Active is available for preorder now and will ship later in March.

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