Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 vs Galaxy Watch 4 Classic: Comparison

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Samsung unveiled few new products during the unpacked event, which was live-streamed on August 11 2021. Two of the products launched during yesterday’s event are the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and the Watch 4 Classic. Samsung has worked with Google to create a new UI for these watches. These two watches are the first watches from the brand to run on Wear OS-based One UI. The pricing of the Galaxy Watch 4 starts from USD 249.99 for the 40mm Bluetooth model and USD 299.99 for the 40mm LTE model. At the same time, the pricing of the 44mm model starts at USD 279.99 for the Bluetooth version and USD 329.99 for the LTE model.

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The more oversized Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 42mm price starts at USD 349.99 for the Bluetooth model and USD 399.99 for the LTE model. And the price of 46mm starts from USD 379.99 for the Bluetooth model and USD 429.99 for the LTE version. Both these watches will be available on sale from August 27. The brand offers USD 50 as a credit to your Samsung store if you pre-book these watches between August 11 and August 26. Regarding the similarities, apart from the UI, both these watches sport the Exynos W920 dual-core processor, which is clocked at 1.18GHz. The chipset is 20% faster compared to its last-gen chipset. Both of these watches come with the Samsung BioActive Sensor. The sensor helps record Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart and Bioelectrical Imped Analysis (BIA) which is used to measure Blood Pressure.

Galaxy Watch 4 vs Galaxy Watch 4 Classic

It will help in the following functions, i.e. in heart rate monitoring and recording electrocardiogram reader (ECG). What BIA does is that it will send a weak electric current through your body. It will help analyse body fat percentage, body mass index (BMI), muscle mass, bone mass, and much more. Both these watches come with Bluetooth 5.0 and will support smartphones with Android 6.0 or higher versions. Also, both the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic features 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Other standard features include GPS, mic & speaker, SUPER AMOLED display, NFC and more. The NFC can be used to pay using Samsung Pay. Both of these watches differ in some aspects like display size colour, and also in some other aspects. You can find all of these in the following table.

BasicsGalaxy Watch 4Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
Display44mm: 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display (450 x 450)
Always on Display
Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

40mm: 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display (396 x 396)
Always on Display
Corning Gorilla Glass DX+
46mm: 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display (450 x 450)
Always on Display
Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

42mm: 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display (396 x 396)
Always on Display
Corning Gorilla Glass DX+
ProcessorExynos W920 dual-core processorExynos W920 dual-core processor
RAM and Storage1.5GB RAM
16GB Storage
1.5GB RAM
16GB Storage
Battery capacity and Battery Backup44mm - 361mAh (typical)
40mm - 247mAh (typical)

WPC based Wireless charging

40 hours
46mm - 361mAh (typical)
42mm - 247mAh (typical)

WPC based Wireless charging

40 hours
OS & UIWear OS based on OneUI

OneUI Watch 3
Wear OS based on OneUI

OneUI Watch 3
ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE (optional), NFC, GPSBluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE (optional), NFC, GPS
Color44mm - Black, Green, Silver
40mm - Black, Pink Gold
46mm - Black, Silver
42mm - Black, Silver
Dimensions and Case materialAluminium case
44mm - 44.4 x 43.3 x 9.8 mm, 30.3g
40mm - 40.4 x 39.3 x 9.8 mm, 25.9g
Stainless steel case
46mm - 45.5 x 45.5 x 11.0 mm, 52g
42mm - 41.5 x 41.5 x 11.2 mm, 46.5g
SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor, BioActive Sensor (heart rate), ECG, BIAAccelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor, BioActive Sensor (heart rate), ECG, BIA
Protection5ATM
IP68
MIL-STD-810G
5ATM
IP68
MIL-STD-810G

We hope you understand the difference between the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. There are only a few differences between both these watches. I prefer the Watch 4 Classic because it uses a Stainless-steel frame. The same is far better than the Aluminium frame used in the regular Galaxy Watch 4. Would you please share the article with your friends and family members who wish to upgrade their watches?

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