Samsung has a lot on its table today, announcing its next-in-line flagship smartphones with new internals and a boatload of other additions, Today, Wear OS 3 is officially making its debut with Samsung's Galaxy Watch 4 series. There are two variants of the smartwatches - Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. While the smartwatches bring forth major forward-facing features to the platform, we are still excited to see what Wear OS 3 has in store for users. Scroll down to read more details on the announcement.
Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Offers Similar Design But Packs a Boatload of New Health Sensors
The standard Galaxy Watch 4 is the sportier version of the duo while the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic brings the rotating bezel design with the powerful specification. The overall design aspect of the smartwatches has not deviated afar compared to previous iterations. The rotating bezel acts as a navigation tool alongside touch inputs. In addition, there are two buttons on the sides which serve to wale the screen and going back or setting it as an app shortcut.
Design and Health Sensors
While the overall design is pretty similar to the previous models, Samsung does bring new health-related sensors. For instance, the "BioActive" sensor conjoins different sensors like the Optical Heart rate, Electrical Heart, and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis sensor into one This allows Samsung to save internal space. This will allow a user to track their blood oxygen levels and heart rate, take ECG and monitor blood pressure. The company also introduced a new Body Composition feature that can measure skeletal muscle mass, basal metabolic rate, and water percentage in the body. In addition, the sensor is also used to calculate Sleep Scores.
Galaxy Watch 4 Internals
As for what is powering the device is an all-new 5nm Exynos W920 chip coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. The internals would deliver enhanced performance as well as battery life. According to the company, the CPU is 20 percent faster while the GPU is 10 times more powerful. The Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic are offered with 16GB of storage capacity which should be enough for apps to work offline. All models are 5ATM or IP68 water resistance and offer "WPC-based wireless charging."
Wear OS Powered By Samsung
As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic are powered by Wear OS, but Samsung has made modifications to dress the platform according to their liking. Since it is running Wear OS, the Galaxy Watch 4 series will work with any Android smartphone running Android 6.0 or higher with at least 1.5GB of RAM and higher. However, connecting to a Galaxy phone does unlock some special features. As far as battery life is concerned, Samsung says that you can expect as much as 40 hours of general use on a charge. However, the battery aspect is yet to be tested and reviewed.
Pricing and Availability
If you are interested, you can get your hands on the watch on August 27. However, pre-orders are open today. Moreover, you will also get a $50 Samsung credit for pre-ordering any variant of the Galaxy Watch 4. The 40mm Galaxy Watch 4 starts at $249 and is available in black, pink, gold, and silver. You can get the 44mm option for a little higher and the LTE models start at $299.
If you have your eyes on the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, it starts at $349 and the LTE variant is available at $399. The 42mm and 46mm variants will be available in black and silver.
There you have it, folks WHat are your thoughts on the new Galaxy Watch 4 series? Which one are you looking to get? Let us know in the comments.