Samsung, during the Unpacked 2021 event, launched the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 5G, with the former being the first to make use of an under-display camera. During the event, Samsung also launched the Galaxy Watch 4 series of watches, consisting of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic and the Galaxy Watch 4.
Both of these smartwatches offer a circular dial with a minimalist design, with the Classic featuring a rotating bezel. There are some things that make these watches more than just another smartwatch, which we will discuss today.
Before we begin, it is worth noting that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 comes in both Bluetooth and LTE options, with two sizes, namely 40mm and 44mm. The pricing is set at $249.99. with the watch being offered in Black and Silver. There is a Green hue exclusive to the 44mm variant, whilst the 40mm variant comes in an exclusive Pinkish Gold hue.
In contrast, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is also offered in both LTE and Bluetooth options, but the sizes on offer are 42mm and 46mm, with the price set at USD 349.99 for the 42mm Bluetooth version. The watch comes in Black and Silver hues.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Watch 4 Classic: Features and Specifications
The Galaxy Watch comes in two sizes, as mentioned earlier, with the 40mm variant featuring a 1.19-inch display with a resolution of 396*396. In comparison, the 44mm variant offers a 1.36-inch display with a resolution of 450*450.
In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic variant has a 1.19-inch screen on the 42mm variant, much like the Base Watch 4, whilst the 46mm variant has the same 1.36-inch display, but the key differentiator is the rotating bezel that allows the user to navigate more easily throughout the menu.
The Classic Edition also features a Stainless Steel case in comparison to the standard's aluminium one. Performance-wise, both watches have the new W920 Exynos chip, which, as we discussed, is something that you should take note of. The processor is paired with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
Battery sizes vary from watch to watch, with the 40mm and 42mm Galaxy Watch 4 featuring a 247 mAh battery, whilst the Classic watches use a 361 mAh battery.
Samsung also introduced its new BioActive sensor that can do the tasks of three different health sensors, with the sensors being the Optical Heart Rate sensor, BioElectrical Impedance Analysis Sensor and ECG. There is also a feature dubbed Body Composition that provides data regarding BMI or Body Mass Index, skeletal muscle and Fat Mass.
The Galaxy Watch 4 series also offer Snoring Detection, SpO2 tracking, Sleep Score, all of which are possible via a custom OneUI OS that has been developed with Google, with the smartwatch featuring both Google and Samsung apps. The Galaxy Watch 4 series claim to offer up to 40 hours of battery life, with a 30-minute charge supposedly offering 10 hours of battery life.
What Sets the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Apart?
All this having been said, with Samsung launching the new Exynos W920 chip and the new OneUI based OS for the watches, we could finally see Samsung properly take on the likes of Apple and other WearOS based alternatives and, if the watch is able to beat them out, at least the WearOS alternatives, it could have big implications for the smartwatch segment.
It will be interesting to see how the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series performs since the quoted battery life also seems decent, but these are just numbers, and real-life data usually reveals a different picture.