Official: Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Classic!

Samsung unveiled at the Unpacked event the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, the product of Samsung’s partnership with Google. It’s a great day for Samsung, because after years of effort with the Tixen platform, Samsung is putting it on ice and collaborating with Google.

As the points out, with these watches Samsung presses a reset button in the series. On the one hand, we have Wear OS operating system, on the other hand Samsung seizes the opportunity to make small changes to its branding.

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The biggest difference between the two models is that the Watch 4 Classic has one of these well-known naturally rotating bezels, while the standard Watch 4 has a touch sensitive bezel accessible from the edges of the screen. The Watch 4 Classic is also made of stainless steel, compared to the aluminum you’ll find in the Watch 4.

The absence of a natural bezel means that the Watch 4 is more compact than the two models and is also 1 mm thinner than its predecessor, the Active 2. The Watch 4 will be available in versions with 40mm and 44mm, while the Watch 4 Classic at 42mm and 46mm. Both series have the same screen and resolution sizes, with your options being either a 1.2-inch 396 x 396 screen in the smallest, or 1.4-inch 450 x 450 in the larger one.

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Both watches feature the 5nm Exynos W920 processor with 1.5GB RAM and 16GB storage. Battery capacity varies between sizes, although Samsung reports that on average you will have 40 hours of battery life. There is LTE on selected models, but if you are hoping for 5G we will probably disappoint you. Samsung does not consider it necessary, because the amount of data that smartwatches require is small.

The biggest change in Samsung’s new watches, however, is that the Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic don’t run the Tizen. In contrast, the software is a collaboration between Samsung and Google. Samsung calls it Wear OS Powered by Samsung, although Google calls it Wear OS 3. On Samsung watches especially, the interface you see is the One UI Watch, which features Samsung’s skin on top of Wear OS.

There are also a host of health features on the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic, many of which focus on the new 3 in 1 BioActive sensor.

It combines an optical heart rate sensor with an electrical and a bioelectric impedance sensor that simply means that it will be able to measure everything from oxygen levels to blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, etc.

Samsung points out, that in addition to detecting all this information separately, its new watches will do a much better job at providing an overall picture of health. For example, with the new Body Composition measurement tool, you will put both fingers on the right clock keys and the watch will give you information such as skeletal muscle mass, body fat percentage and metabolic rate.

Samsung’s new smartwatches are hardly recommended to anyone who has an Android smartphone. The problems of the past are absent, such as limited application support. And that’s exactly what makes the company’s new watches excellent.


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