Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 vs Galaxy Watch 4 Classic: What is the difference?

(Logitech Gaming Software) – Samsung used its August 2021 Unpacked event to herald a new era for its wearables. By announcing the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, it became the first company to adopt a new version of Wear OS.

The Galaxy Watch 4 succeeds the Galaxy Watch Active 2, ditching the Active name and skipping the 3 moniker, while the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is the successor to the Galaxy Watch 3, adding the Classic name to distinguish it from its sportier sibling.

We have compared the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic to help you understand the differences and which could be the most suitable Samsung smartwatch for you.

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Design

Galaxy Watch 4: 40mm and 44mm, four colorsGalaxy Watch 4 Classic: 42mm and 46mm, two colors

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and the Watch 4 Classic are similar in design. At least, in terms of basic design. Both devices have circular faces with flat edges and a casing that blends seamlessly into the handles.

Both devices also have two function buttons on the right edge and sensors at the bottom of the case. The Watch 4 Classic is a bit bulkier and has a rotating bezel at the top of the face. It is also made of stainless steel. The Watch 4, meanwhile, has a tapered black bezel at the top and is made of aluminum.

The Galaxy Watch 4 is available in two case sizes of 40 and 44mm, like the Apple Watch, and in four color options in total, with black and silver available in both case sizes, green exclusively for the 44mm size. and rose gold exclusive to the 40mm size.

The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, meanwhile, is also available in two case sizes, but slightly larger than the Watch 4, at 42 and 46mm. There are only two color options, black and silver, available on both models.

The difference in size is not the only thing that differentiates them. The Classic model is noticeably heavier, starting at 46.5g versus 25.9g for the regular model.

Both have MIL-STD 810G durability and are 5ATM water resistant. A range of straps are available to personalize each smartwatch to your style, with all straps secured with a buckle closure.

Screen

Galaxy Watch 4: 40 mm – 1.2 inches, 396 x 396 resolution / 44 mm – 1.4 inches, 450 x 450 resolution Galaxy Watch 4 Classic: 42 mm – 1.19 inches, 396 x 396 resolution / 46 mm – 1.4 inches, 450 x 450 resolution

As we have already mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 comes in two case options: 40mm and 44mm. The 40mm model has a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 396 x 396 resolution. The 44mm model has a 1.4-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 450 x 450 resolution.

For its part, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is available with a 42 and 46 mm case. The 42mm model has a 1.19-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 396 x 396 resolution, while the 46mm model has a 1.4-inch screen with a 450 x 450 resolution, like the Watch model 4 largest.

All models feature Corning Gorilla Glass DX for protection and all are Always On color displays.

hardware and specifications

Galaxy Watch 4: Exynos W920 5nm chip, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB storage, Bluetooth and LTEGalaxy Watch 4 Classic: Exynos W920 5nm chip, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB storage, Bluetooth and LTE

Both the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic are powered by the 5nm Exynos W920 chip, supported by 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Both also come in Bluetooth-only and Bluetooth and LTE variants and both run on the new Wear OS 3 platform with Samsung’s One UI Watch 3 on top.

The Galaxy Watch 4 44mm and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 46mm models have a 361mAh battery, while the Galaxy Watch 4 40mm and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 42mm models have a 247mAh capacity.

Software and features

Galaxy Watch 4: One UI watch, heart rate monitoring, built-in GPS, water resistance, NFCGalaxy Watch 4 Classic: One UI watch, heart rate monitoring, built-in GPS, water resistance, NFC

Both the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic have the same sensors on board, offering the same features. Both have a BioActive sensor that records optical heart rate, electrical heart rate, and bioelectrical impedance analysis.

This allows users to monitor blood pressure, detect irregular heartbeats from atrial fibrillation, measure blood oxygen, and calculate body composition, the latter of which includes skeletal muscle and body fat percentage, among other factors.

Both smartwatches also offer built-in GPS, both are water resistant with swim tracking, and both offer detailed sleep tracking as well. Both models also offer NFC for Samsung Pay, allowing you to pay with your wrist if you have a compatible bank.

As mentioned, the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic are powered by Samsung’s One UI Watch 3 platform on top of the Wear OS 3 operating system that was created by Samsung and Google, so they will offer a very similar experience in terms of software. Its features include the built-in compass in the watch models that works with Google Maps, and compatibility with multiple third-party apps such as Spotify, Adidas Running, Strava and Calm.

Price

Galaxy Watch 4: From £249 in the UK Galaxy Watch 4 Classic: From £349 in the UK

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 starts at £249 in the UK for the 40mm Bluetooth-only model. The 40mm LTE model starts at 289 pounds. The 44mm model costs £269 and £309, respectively.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is priced at £349 in the UK for the 42mm model with Bluetooth. The 42mm LTE model costs £389 in the UK. The 46mm model costs £389 and £409, respectively.

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conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic share design similarities, but the Classic model is slightly bulkier and larger, as well as offering a rotating bezel, while the standard model is available in more colors and has a smaller construction. sporty.

The user interface is the same on both models – although the Classic model has, of course, the extra features that come with the rotating bezel – and they offer the same hardware and sensors.

So the decision between these two models comes down to your budget, but also which design you prefer.

Written by Britta O’Boyle. Edited by Cam Bunton.