Samsung Announces Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic

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Apart from its newest foldable smartphones, Samsung also announced the newest iterations of its smartwatch lineup on its recently-concluded Unpacked event – Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic.

Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic both sport a minimalist design, the latter retaining the rotating bezel. You get a 1.36″ and 1.19″ display for the 44mm and 40mm variants of the Galaxy Watch4, respectively, and 1.36″ and 1.19″ screens on the 46mm and 42mm models of the Galaxy Watch4 Classic, respectively.

Both run on the 5nm Exynos W920 that delivers 20% faster CPU performance and ten times more GPU performance. There’s also 1.5GB of RAM for smother scrolling and multitasking and 16GB of internal storage.

Underneath the shell, the new smart watches also pack Samsung’s BioActive Sensor. which functions as an Optical Heart Rate Sensor, an Electric Heart Rate Sensor, and a a Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis Sensor.

Battery life is rated at up to 40 hours, with a 30 minute charge giving you 10 hours of use. A full charge will take less than two hours.

Health Monitoring

Now, there’s a Body Composition Analysis tool that paints a more holistic picture of your overall health. You get a info on the following:

  • Skeletal Muscle
  • Fat Mass
  • Body Fat
  • BMI
  • Body Water

You’ll easily be able to check your body composition using two fingers. In about 15 seconds, the watch’s sensors can capture a staggering 2,400 data points with up to 98% accuracy.

Track a wide range of fitness activities and create fun group challenges with friends. Now, it’s also easier for you to work out at home using a Samsung Smart TV as your calorie count and heart rate will now appear on screen throughout your exercise activity for easier tracking.

Enhanced Sleep Management

Galaxy Watch4 Series feature Snoring Detection and Continuous Blood Oxygen tracking when you sleep, along with improved sleep scores and insight messages.

Day-to-Day User Experience

Take advantage of the new platform which is built in collaboration with Google, letting you tap an expansive ecosystem right on your wrist. Access apps like Samsung Pay, SmartThings, and Bixby, as well as popular Google Services and third party apps.

For example, the built-in compass now works seamlessly with Google Maps to make it easier to navigate a new area, and you will also be able to enjoy your favorite tracks offline with Spotify.

One UI Watch

One UI Watch facilitates a seamless experience across multiple devices and also allows your watch to look and work more like your Galaxy Smartphone.

For example, important settings on your phone like do not disturb hours, blocked callers, and world clocks are automatically synchronized with your watch. Installing watch compatible apps on your phone also installs them on your watch. You’ll also be able to control your mobile experience with Bixby voice or the Galaxy Watch4 Classic’s Rotating Bezel.

Refined gesture controls also enable you to do more using simple hand movements:

  • Move your forearm up and down to receive calls
  • Rotate your wrist twice to reject calls and dismiss notifications and alarms
  • Knock Knock motion can execute a function of your choosing

Cross Device Features

Samsung has updated the Auto Switch feature on the Galaxy Watch4, so your buds will automatically detect unintended use and effortlessly toggle between your phone and watch. The Buds Controller also lets you check how much battery your buds have, manage touch controls, or even change the noise cancelling settings, all on your wrist.

Lastly, Galaxy Watch4 Series is equipped with the Samsung Knox Security Platform for ensuring that personal information is secure and protected every step of the way.

Specifications

Galaxy Watch4Galaxy Watch4 Classic
Color44mm: Black, Green, Silver46mm: Black, Silver
40mm: Black, Pink Gold, Silver42mm: Black, Silver
Dimensions and WeightAluminum CaseStainless Steel Case
44mm: 44.4 x 43.3 x 9.8 mm, 30.3g46mm: 45.5 x 45.5 x 11.0 mm, 52g
40mm: 40.4 x 39.3 x 9.8 mm, 25.9g42mm: 41.5 x 41.5 x 11.2 mm, 46.5g
Display44mm: 1.4″ (34.6mm) 450×450 Super AMOLED, Full Color Always On Display, Corning Gorilla Glass with DX+46mm: 1.4″ (34.6mm) 450×450 Super AMOLED, Full Color Always On Display, Corning Gorilla with Glass DX
40mm: 1.2″ (30.4mm) 396×396 Super AMOLED, Full Color Always On Display, Corning Gorilla Glass with DX+42mm: 1.2″ (30.4mm) 396×396 Super AMOLED, Full Color Always On Display, Corning Gorilla with Glass DX
ProcessorExynos W920 Dual Core 1.18GHz (5nm Processor)Exynos W920 Dual Core 1.18GHz (5nm Processor)
RAM and Storage1.5GB RAM + 16GB internal storage1.5GB RAM + 16GB internal storage
Battery44mm/46mm: 361mAh, 40mm/42mm: 247mAh (typical), WPC-based wireless charging44mm/46mm: 361mAh, 40mm/42mm: 247mAh (typical), WPC-based wireless charging
OSWear OS Powered by SamsungWear OS Powered by Samsung
UIOne UI Watch 3One UI Watch 3
SensorsSamsung BioActive Sensor (Optical Heart Rate + Electrical Heart + Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis), Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light SensorSamsung BioActive Sensor (Optical Heart Rate + Electrical Heart + Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis), Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Beidou/GalileoBluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo
Durability5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810G5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810G
CompatibilityAndroid 6.0 or higher and with more than 1.5GB of RAMAndroid 6.0 or higher and with more than 1.5GB of RAM

Variants and pricing

Galaxy Watch4 will be priced starting at PhP12,990 for the Bluetooth version. At launch, the 40mm variant will be available in Black, Silver, and Pink Gold, while the 44mm variant will be offered in Black, Silver, and Green.

Galaxy Watch4 Classic will retail starting at Php17,990 for the Bluetooth version and will come in 42mm and 46mm models in Black and Silver.

Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic will be available for pre-order at select markets from August 19 to September 22. For more info, click here.

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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