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Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 4 Classic go official: Wear OS 3, Exynos W920, and more

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Last updated: August 11th, 2021 at 16:02 UTC+02:00

The Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic have finally gone official. They are Samsung’s first Wear OS 3-based smartwatches. The Galaxy Watch 4 is the spiritual successor to the Galaxy Watch Active 2, while the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic succeeds the Galaxy Watch 3. They have the potential to become the industry’s best smartwatches for Android smartphones, thanks to the combination of excellent hardware and Wear OS.

Both new smartwatches feature a circular Super AMOLED display and a metal casing. The Galaxy Watch 4 is available in 40mm and 44mm variants, while the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic comes in 42mm and 46mm variants. The smaller-sized versions have 1.19-inch screens with 396 x 396 pixels resolution. The larger-sized variants have 1.36-inch displays with 450 x 450 pixels resolution.

Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 4 Classic use Samsung’s brand new 5nm Exynos W920 processor

The Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic come equipped with Samsung’s brand new Exynos W920 processor that is built using a 5nm process. This processor should offer them a huge boost in terms of processing power, which would be required to smoothly run thousands of Wear OS apps. The smartwatches feature 1.5GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

They also feature GPS and various sensors, including an accelerometer, a barometer, a compass, a gyro, and a heart rate sensor for activity and fitness tracking. Both smartwatches have ECG (electrocardiogram) and can measure body fat composition. These wearables can also track sleep, SpO2 levels, stress, and also notify you if you were snoring while sleeping. Similar to previous-generation watches, the Galaxy Watch 4 series features fall detection.

Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is for those who love rotating bezels

The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic features the fan-favorite rotating bezel, which can be used to navigate around the UI. The Galaxy Watch 4 has an aluminum case, while the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic has a stainless steel casing. Both watches also feature an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance (up to 5 ATM). The Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic are compatible with standard-sized 20mm watch straps.

Connectivity features of these smartwatches include Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, and NFC. They support Samsung’s Auto Switch feature for Galaxy Buds. They will also be available in LTE variants. The smartwatches also allow users to switch between ANC On (Active Noise Cancellation), ANC Off, and Ambient Sound features when compatible Galaxy Buds are connected. The Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic can take calls, thanks to the presence of a mic and loudspeaker.

Galaxy Watch 4 series runs One UI Watch 3 on top of Wear OS 3

Samsung’s new smartwatches run One UI Watch 3 on top of Wear OS 3. Samsung’s customizations on top of Wear OS 3 allow users to easily install and manage apps, sync data between phone and smartwatch versions of the apps, and choose between Bixby and Google Assistant. The smartwatches also feature Google Play Store, which makes them compatible with all the Wear OS apps, watch faces, and games.

Speaking of watch faces, the Galaxy Watch 4 series comes with a lot of new watch faces that are extremely customizable. Google Maps, Google Pay, Spotify, and YouTube Music apps come preloaded on the smartwatches.

The smaller variants of the smartwatches are powered by a 247mAh battery, while the larger variants come packed with a 361mAh battery. Both smartwatches are compatible with Qi wireless charging, and they come bundled with a wireless charging adapter.

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