Samsung’s new smartwatches are here: here’s the specs, price and release date of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.
It’s been eight years since Samsung launched an Android smartwatch for the first time. Since then, the South Korean company has bet on its own operating system, Tizen, to give life to the Samsung Gear and Samsung Galaxy Watch series models. But now, with the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, the brand has decided to shake hands with Google again to begin a new era in its catalog of smartwatches.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is the fourth generation of Samsung smartwatches since the brand abandoned the Gear series. And it is the family of watches that introduces more changes compared to the previous generation. Starting with a completely different operating system.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 specs
|Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (Classic) specifications|
|model||Galaxy Watch 4 40/42 mm||Galaxy Watch 4 44/46 mm|
|Dimensions||41.5 x 41.5 x 11.2mm||45.5 x 45.5 x 11mm, 110g|
|Screen||1.19 inch||1.36 inch|
|Resolution||450 x 450 pixels, SuperAMOLED, Gorilla Glass DX|
|Operating system||Google Android Wear OS + One UI Watch 3.5|
|Processor||Samsung Exynos W920|
|Storage||1.5GB RAM, 16GB storage|
|Connectivity||WLAN 2.4 + 5.0 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, optional 4G LTE|
|Apps and functions||Calls, SMS, email, social networks, Samsung Pay, Google Pay|
|Others||Heart Rate / Pulse Monitor, SpO2 Sensor, Sleep Monitor, MIL-STD-810G, 5 ATM, IP68, Fitness Activity Tracking, Rotating Bezel (Classic)|
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 features
For its new generation of watches, Samsung has decided to create two variants with different styles. On the one hand, the Samsung Galaxy Watch has a design focused on sport and physical activity, which inherits some features of the Active models launched in previous years.
On the other hand, the “Classic” version follows in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, with a classic look, where the rotating physical bezel stands out, which the sports version lacks.
Also, depending on the chosen finish, it will be possible to choose between four different sizes. The Galaxy Watch 4 is available with 40 and 42-millimeter cases, and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic grows to 44 or 46 millimeters.
This leaves us with 1.19- or 1.36-inch displays, in both cases with AMOLED technology and protected by Gorilla Glass DX glass.
Both models have two physical buttons on the sides, which allow interaction with the One UI Watch 3.5 interface.
Of course, there is no shortage of water and dust resistance, under an IP68 protection level. In this sense, the watches can withstand immersions up to a pressure of 5ATMs.
WearOS and battery life of up to 40 hours
Since the last Google I/O 2021, we knew that the renewed version of WearOS would be present in the new generation of Samsung watches. Said and done. Eight years later, Samsung and Google are once again joining hands to walk together on the path of smartwatches.
This new version of Google’s software has been developed in collaboration with Samsung, and some of the TizenOS functions have been implemented in WearOS. Also, the user interface has been redesigned to offer a more intuitive experience.
Samsung has also customized the WearOS interface with its layer, One UI Watch. This layer inherits aesthetic elements from the version of One UI for smartphones and tablets but does not limit the functions introduced by Google in its system for watches.
Thus, we find compatibility with some of the most popular apps, such as Spotify, Google Maps, or Google Pay, which uses the NFC chip integrated into the watch to enable mobile payments.
In addition, the Galaxy Watch 4 gives the option to choose between Bixby or Google Assistant when choosing the preferred virtual assistant.
All of this is backed by the Exynos W920 processor, with 1.5GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. All this, with a 247 or 361mAh battery depending on the model chosen, which according to Samsung, can offer up to forty hours of autonomy, although everything will depend on the number of functions enabled and the use given to the watch.
When it comes to charging, Samsung has reduced the time required to 1.8 hours thanks to a faster charging system.
In the field of health and physical activity monitoring, the Galaxy Watch 4 includes practically everything. They feature a heart rate monitor, SpO2 sensor, automatic sleep monitor, GPS, menstrual cycle forecasts and records, tracking of more than 40 sports activities -some of them with automatic detection-, and a new body composition analysis function.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 price and release date
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 will be available in various finishes, sizes, and colors. Each model is priced differently:
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 46mm: $468.
- Samsung Galaxy Watch Classic 42mm: $433.
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 44mm: $351.
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 40mm: $315.
They will be available through the official Samsung store, as well as the rest of the authorized distributors. They will go on sale on August 27.