Samsung's new smartwatches announced at Galaxy Unpacked have brought many changes, from bigger and brighter screens to an updated design with slimmer bezels. The Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic have more RAM and conceal a new chipset under their hoods. How have these upgrades affected battery life?
With upgrades consisting of bigger and brighter 2,000 nits screens, 2GB of RAM, and an Exynos W930 chipset, some might think the Galaxy Watch 6 series posts different battery life figures than last year's model. But if there's one thing that hasn't changed from the previous generation, it's battery life, surprisingly enough.
Galaxy Watch 5 Pro still reigns supreme
Samsung equipped the Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic with bigger batteries. The 40/44mm Galaxy Watch 6 relies on 300mAh and 425mAh batteries, respectively. The 43/47mm Galaxy Watch 6 Classic is powered by similar units, as, despite its bigger footprint, it uses the same 1.3-inch and 1.5-inch AMOLED panels as the standard variant.
Samsung says that regardless of which Watch 6 model you'll use, you should achieve up to 40 hours of battery on a single charge with the Always-On Display turned off or up to 30 hours with the Always-On Display enabled.
It's the same autonomy Samsung claimed last year for the Galaxy Watch 5, which could mean Galaxy Watch 6 users might be able to squeeze out more than 40 hours on a charge with some tweaking.
Nevertheless, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro seemingly remains the king of battery life among Samsung smartwatches. Officially, the Pro model released last year can last up to 80 hours on a single charge, and neither the standard Watch 6 nor the new Classic model can match that.
The Galaxy Watch 6 series is now available for pre-order and will hit the shelves on August 11.