Along with the release of the all-new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G smartphones, Samsung has begun shipping two new and innovative smartwatches that are highly functional, versatile, sleek and stylish.
The Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic are the first two smartwatches to be powered by the Wear OS 3 operating system, which is a joint development project between Samsung and Google (the developer of the Android operating system for smartphones).
In traditional Samsung fashion, the company is calling this new software “One UI Watch,” which is based on “Wear OS Powered by Samsung.” Announced at Google I/O 2021, Samsung and Google have essentially joined forces in an effort to improve the smartwatch experience for Android users. And with the Galaxy Watch 4 lineup, the culmination of months of hard work has officially arrived.
Unlike many smartwatches on the market, the Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic offer customizability and versatility—from both a visual and functionality standpoint. The operating system comes bundled with a bunch of core apps that allow the watch to communicate and exchange data seamlessly with a smartphone and handle a wide range of tasks.
There’s also a vast and ever-growing selection of optional apps and digital watch faces available. Combine this with the advanced biometric sensors and other tech that’s built into these latest Galaxy smartwatches, and you’ll quickly discover you have a powerful device on your wrist that makes it a superior productivity, communications, organizational, entertainment and health fitness tool. Oh and yes, it does tell time too.
Samsung Galaxy Watch4: Technical Specifications
Price: $249 | Case Sizes: 40mm, 44mm | Display: 40mm: 1.2-inch Super AMOLED (396 x 396), 44mm: 1.4-inch Super AMOLED (450 x 450) | Processor: Samsung Exynos W920 (5 nm) | Memory: 1.5GB | Storage: 16GB internal | Battery size: 247 mAh | Sensors: BioActive Sensor (Optical Heart Rate / Electrical Heart / Bioelectrical Impedance), Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Light | Dimensions: 40.4 x 39.3 x 9.8mm (40mm), 44.4 x 43.3 x 9.8mm (44mm) | Weight: 25.9g (40mm), 30.3g (44mm) | Durability: IP68, 5ATM, MIL-STD-810G | Wireless Charging: Yes, Qi charging | SIM Card Optional: Yes, LTE
Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic: Technical Specifications
Price: $349 | Case Sizes: 42mm, 46mm | Display: 42mm: 1.2-inch Super AMOLED (396 x 396), 46mm: 1.4-inch Super AMOLED (450 x 450) | Processor: Samsung Exynos W920 (5 nm) | Memory: 1.5GB | Storage: 16GB internal | Battery size: 361 mAh | Sensors: BioActive Sensor (Optical Heart Rate / Electrical Heart / Bioelectrical Impedance), Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Light | Dimensions: 41.5 x 41.5 x 11.2mm (42mm), 45.5 x 45.5 x 11.0mm (46mm) | Weight: 46.5g (42mm), 52g (46mm) | Durability: IP68, 5ATM, MIL-STD-810G | Wireless Charging: Yes, Qi charging | SIM Card Optional: Yes, LTE
Priced at $249, the Galaxy Watch4 (Wi-Fi only) is now Samsung’s gateway into the Android smartwatch space. The watch is available in either a 40mm or 44mm case size, bringing either a 1.2-inch or 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display.
Compared to the Galaxy Watch3, this drop in price quite drastic as last year’s model started at $399. However, things don’t look as drastic when you consider that the Galaxy Watch4 is the direct successor to the Galaxy Watch Active 2, which was released at $279.99.
The better comparison to the Galaxy Watch3 is the Galaxy Watch4 Classic, which retains the rotating bezel that many have fallen in love with. The display sizes are the same between the Watch4 and Watch4 Classic. But the casing sizes and battery life are increased, coming in either 42mm or 46mm and including a 361 mAh battery.
For added customizability, a selection of watchbands and casing colors are available based on which watch model you choose. For example, the Galaxy Watch 4 has an aluminum casing that comes in black, green, silver, or pink gold, while the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic has a stainless steal casing that comes in black or silver.
Meanwhile, arguably the largest hardware update to the Galaxy Watch 4 series is Samsung’s all-new Exynos W920 chipset. And it’s built on the same 5nm process as the Snapdragon 888 found in many 2021 flagship smartphones.
Samsung claims this new W920 processor offers 20% faster CPU performance and an incredible 10x better GPU performance compared to the last generation. That may not be saying much when you take into consideration that the Galaxy Watch3’s chipset is two years old, but it’s still impressive nevertheless.
Both the Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic are powered by the Exynos W920 processor, which is paired with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. This will provide plenty enough power to handle all of your favorite apps, while also saving room for offline music downloads and more.
In terms of battery life, Samsung claims you’ll get up to 40 hours on a single charge, which is good enough to get you through at least a day and a half. Samsung includes quick charge capabilities, allowing a 30 minute top-off to provide an additional 10 hours of battery life.
Many of the smartwatch’s apps rely heavily on Internet access. For this reason, both a Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (cellular data) connectivity option is available, although the Wi-Fi + LTE models cost slightly more and may require an extra monthly fee from your smartphone’s cellular service provider. The cellular data functionality, however, allows the watch to work almost entirely autonomously from your smartphone.
Health and Fitness Features Galore
Smartwatches are great for handling a wide range of tasks in a way that supplements your smartphone, but the real benefit comes with the built-in health and fitness tracking features. Samsung really loaded up the Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic.
For the first time on a Galaxy Watch, you’re able to use the watch’s built-in BioActive Sensor. This is a single sensor comprised of three other sensors including the following:
- Optical Heart Rate
- Electrical Heart Monitoring (ECG)
- Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis
With this 3-in-1 health sensor, you are able to monitor your blood pressure, detect an irregular heartbeat, measure your blood oxygen (SpO2) levels and even measure your body composition. Being able to have your watch capture 2,400 data points in just 15 seconds is an incredible feat for those who want to know every detail when it comes to keeping track of health metrics.
How to Order the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
The Galaxy Watch4 is available right now, and you can order it from Samsung’s website. With an eligible smartwatch trade-in, you can receive up to $135 off the watch price. An extra $15 discount is being offered to students, teachers, first responders, government employees and active military personnel.
The Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic are also now available from other retailers, including: Best Buy (which offers a price match guarantee), Amazon.com, Target, and Walmart.
Keep in mind, the price you will ultimately pay for the watch depends on whether you choose the Watch3 or Watch4 Classic model, which casing size you select, your chosen watch band, and whether you opt for Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + LTE connectivity. Right now, the best deals to be had involve trading in an older (but eligible) smartwatch model.