The Galaxy Watch 4, on the one hand, seems to be a fresh take on Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 from 2019, geared towards people who enjoy an active lifestyle and will need it for their sports needs. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, on the other hand, is a direct successor to last year's Galaxy Watch 3, maintaining the traditional sleek, businessy no-nonsense look of the line. The naming system may be a little confusing this year, we know, but it does make sense when you think about it.
The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic comes in two colors, both matching its business-like style: Black and Silver, each coming out-of-the-box with matching silicone straps. You can switch up the bands with any other ones to match your taste, either from Samsung or other retailers, as long as they're also sized at 20mm.
The sportive Galaxy Watch 4, on the other hand, comes in Black, Silver, and Green for the 44mm size, and Black, Silver, and Pink Gold for the 40mm size.
To provide even further options for color-coordination with your outfits, Samsung also offers over 40 always-on watch faces to switch between, as part of the package.
Out-of-the-Box Watch Bands
Both smartwatches this year come with an identical polished silicone watch band, which—especially on the action-oriented Watch 4—achieves a sleek and flawless look, with smooth curves and no visible seams or no sharp edges. Of course, the band is the least of it, as there are plenty of retailers offering alternative straps in any style and material.
Galaxy Watch 4 vs. Watch 4 Classic Body
While both versions of the Galaxy Watch 4 have nearly the same design and physical interface, with two function buttons along the right edge, there are some distinct differences. They aren't made of the same material, as the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is forged in a more premium stainless steel, while the Galaxy Watch 4 comes in a lighter aluminum.
The Watch 4 Classic also retains the traditional rotating bezel that we know and love, while the Galaxy Watch 4 went for a flat, compact bezel that is instead touch-sensitive and essentially does the same job with the same motion. It may be less satisfying than the rotating bezel, but the lack of a rotating bezel also makes it about a millimeter flatter than its counterpart.
Galaxy Watch 4 vs. Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Sizes
The Galaxy Watch 4 comes in two different sizes: 40mm and 44mm. This is no surprise, as it follows the same trend as its predecessor, the Galaxy Watch Active 2.
The more premium Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, on the other hand, also comes in two sizes, this time slightly higher: 42m and 46mm, this time around. This is just a little girthier than last year's Watch 3, which came in sizes 41mm and 45mm.
Galaxy Watch 4 vs. Watch 4 Classic Display
Both watches feature a Super AMOLED display protected by tough, scratch-resistant glass. The various sizes come in the following resolutions:
40mm—396 x 396 at 330 ppi (1.2-inch display)
42mm—396 x 396 at 330 ppi (1.4-inch display)
44mm—450 x 450 at 330 ppi (1.2-inch display)
46mm—450 x 450 at 330 ppi (1.4-inch display)
Galaxy Watch 4 vs. Watch 4 Classic Prices
While both watches are being announced at the Unpacked event today, they won't be hitting the shelves until August 27th. The athletic Galaxy Watch 4 will be starting at USD $249 in the United States, while the more premium Galaxy Watch 4 Classic will retail from USD $349. The LTE versions are more expensive than the Bluetooth, though, so here's the roundup:
Galaxy Watch 4 (Bluetooth version): $249.99
Galaxy Watch 4 (LTE version): $299.99
Galaxy Watch 4 Active (Bluetooth): $349.99
Galaxy Watch 4 Active (LTE): $399.99
Galaxy Watch 4 vs. Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Battery Life
Once again we've got four different sizes in the smartwatch series—two for each model—but that doesn't necessarily mean four levels of battery capacities. Naturally, a bigger girth allows for a bulkier battery, though, hence more battery life—and this is the case with the two different battery sizes that have been revealed in the Galaxy Watch 4 family.
Galaxy Watch 4 Battery
Galaxy Watch 4 40mm: 247 mAh
Galaxy Watch 4 44mm: 361 mAh
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Battery
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 42mm: 247 mAh
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 46 mm: 361 mAh
Both watches support WPC-based wireless charging as well, which was expected for such a premium series.
Galaxy Watch 4 vs. Watch 4 Classic Specs and Features
As for special features, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic and the Watch 4 include a slew of health-related sensors, such as a heart rate monitor (a must-have for a sports watch, obviously). Both also include sleep tracking, which is no less important for health than exercise tracking. There is also an ECG monitor for keeping track of cardiovascular health, a blood oxygen sensor, and a BIA sensor to measure your body fat. Samsung certainly put a lot of thought into individual health and fitness this year, both in the sports and the classic version of the watch.
Both watches also have a built-in GPS, apart from the quintessential mic and speaker—which you can use to take calls (with the LTE version) or talk to Bixby or Google Assistant, both of which are compatible with the devices.
When it comes to the hardware specifications, both the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Watch 4 Classic are nearly identical. Both feature the newest Super AMOLED display technology, together with scratch-resistant glass (namely Corning Gorilla Glass DX+). Both also come with an ambient light sensor, which automatically dims or brightens the screen according to the brightness in your surroundings.
Both watches feature 1.5GB of RAM (a 150% upgrade from last year), and a hulking 16GB of storage this time around—exactly double the space in the Watch 3! Moreover, the processor handling all the action is Samsung's own new 5-nanometer Exynos W920 chip, which is making its first appearance in this very smartwatch series. The chipset is supposed to be 20% faster than its predecessor, the Exynos 9110, and bring 10x faster graphics performance.
Both versions of the Galaxy Watch 4 will also be the first to come out-of-the-box with Samsung's new Wear OS operating system, created in a collaboration with Google, along with the One UI skin on top.