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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Impressions: A Pleasant Upgrade!

Things I Like

  • IP68 Water Resistance
  • Wear OS 3
  • Elegant Design
  • Plenty of Tracking Features

Potential Weakness

  • Battery Life

Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy Watch 4 series with some major changes. For one, the “Active” moniker is gone and we get the “Classic” version with a rotating bezel.

Samsung Watch 4 Impressions
Samsung Watch 4

Samsung Watch 4 price in Nepal starts at Rs. 34,999 whereas the Watch 4 Classic starts at Rs. 46,999. The LTE models of both the Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic are not available in Nepal.

I used both of these devices for a few hours and this is my impression of the Samsung Watch 4 series.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4/4 Classic Specifications

  • Body: Watch 4: 40mm and 44mm, Watch 4 Classic: 42mm and 46mm
  • Display (Watch 4): 40mm: 1.2-inches Super AMOLED / 44mm: 1.4-inches Super AMOLED
  • Display (Watch 4 Classic): 42mm: 1.2-inches Super AMOLED / 46mm: 1.4-inches Super AMOLED
  • Chipset: Exynos W920 (5nm)
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Connectivity: LTE (available in select models)
    • Bluetooth 5.0
    • Wi-Fi b/g/n
    • A-GPS/GLONASS/Beidou/Galileo
    • NFC
  • Battery Capacity (Watch 4): 40mm: 247mAh / 44mm: 361mAh
  • Battery Capacity (Watch 4 Classic): 42mm: 247mAh / 46mm: 361mAh
  • Sensors: Samsung BioActive Sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Light
  • Software: One UI Watch 3
  • Charging Port: WPC-based wireless charging

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Price in Nepal: Rs. 34,999 (40mm), Rs. 36,999 (44mm) | Rs. 46,999 (42mm Classic), Rs. 49,999 (46mm Classic)

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4/4 Classic Impressions

Design

  • Watch 4: 40mm and 44mm, Watch 4 Classic: 42mm and 46mm
  • IP68 Dust/Water Resistance
  • Aluminum Frame (Watch 4), Stainless Steel Frame (Watch 4 Classic)
Samsung Watch 4 Impressions
Watch 4 Design

The Watch 4 comes in two sizes: 40mm and 44mm and the Watch 4 Classic comes in slightly bigger 42mm and 44mm sizes. The physical rotating bezel makes the Classic version a bit bigger than the standard Watch 4.

The Classic version looks a bit bolder and rugged whereas the standard Watch 4 looks a bit more trendy and stylish. I personally prefer the standard version over the Classic variant. This will come down to your personal preference. However, the Watch 4 classic gets a stainless steel frame compared to the aluminum frame of the normal Watch 4.

Samsung Watch 4 Impressions
Watch 4 Classic Design

The Galaxy Watch 4 series come with a simple silicone strap that is comfortable to wear all day. But, these straps have angled connectors which makes it look a bit bulky.

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Both of these watches also come with 5ATM and IP68 Dust/Water resistance.

Display

  • 40mm: 1.2-inches Super AMOLED / 44mm: 1.4-inches Super AMOLED
  • 42mm: 1.2-inches Super AMOLED / 46mm: 1.4-inches Super AMOLED
Watch 4 Display

For display, the 44mm Watch 4 has a 1.4-inch AMOLED panel whereas the 40mm Watch 4 has a 1.2-inch display. Similarly, the 46mm and 42mm Watch 4 Classic have similar-sized displays respectively.

The display panel is bright, colors are punchy, and offers very good viewing angles. They do have an ambient light sensor for auto brightness adjustment as well.

Hardware

  • Exynos W920 chipset
  • 2 Cortex-A55 cores
  • Mali-G68 GPU
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 16GB Storage

The Watch 4 series is also using a new Exynos W920 processor designed for smartwatches and other wearables.

The Exynos W920 has 2 Cortex-A55 cores and a Mali-G68 GPU. And, it also includes a dedicated Cortex-M55 processor for always-on display. Samsung claims that this chipset provides 20% better CPU performance and 10 times better GPU performance than its previous wearable chip.

Moving on, these watches have 1.5GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. During my short usage, these watches felt smoother and faster than the previous generation.

Fitness and Health Tracking Features

  • Samsung bioactive sensor
  • ECG, Blood pressure, SpO2
  • Sleep monitoring, Body Composition
Body Composition Feature

Samsung is debuting its BioActive sensor that can measure ECG in real-time. The BioActive sensor is a 3-in-1 sensor that uses a single chip to precisely run 3 health sensors – Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart, and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis. This helps users to monitor their blood pressure, detect irregular heartbeat, and measure blood oxygen levels.

There’s also a new feature called Body Composition which measures things like skeletal muscle, basal metabolic rate, body water, and body fat percentage. The two buttons on the side also act as an input to check your body composition.

Furthermore, the Watch 4 series has advanced sleep tracking that can also detect the sound of your snores using a compatible smartphone. It also measures your blood oxygen level when you’re sleeping for advanced sleep scores and analysis.

The Watch 4 series is packed with health and fitness tracking features. But, things like ECG and blood pressure measurement won’t be available in regions like Nepal.

We will dive deep into all of these features in our review.

Wear OS 3

  • Wear OS 3
  • One UI Watch 3

Samsung has made the switch to Google’s Wear OS 3 and Samsung is calling it the Wear OS powered by Samsung. Basically, it feels like a Galaxy Watch with Samsung software sprinkled with Wear OS elements.

The Watch 4 uses a Samsung One UI Watch overlay on top of the Wear OS 3 with Samsung apps and services. But, the Google Map support is a welcome addition with updated navigation support. Samsung has also opted to keep the Bixby instead of the Google Assistant.

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Likewise, the availability of the Play Store brings plenty of software support to the Watch 4. Some of the popular titles like Sleep Cycle, Adidas Running, Strava, Swim.com, Period Tracker, and Calm will be launching all-new Wear OS experiences starting August 20.

Battery & Others

  • 247mAh battery (40mm/42mm)
  • 361mAh battery (44mm/46mm)
Watch 4
Watch 4

As for the battery, the 40/42mm models feature a 247mAh battery. Whereas the 44/46mm models feature a 361mAh battery. Both models support WPC-based wireless charging.

Samsung claims 40 hours of battery life on a single charge and charging the battery from 0 to 100 takes under 2 hours.

Other features include dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, built-in GPS, and NFC for Samsung Pay and Google Pay.

Follow Up

The Galaxy Watch 4 series looks very good. Samsung’s spin on Google Wear OS 3 looks swift and practical. On top of that, Samsung has added lots of cool health tracking features such as Body Composition.

Even though, this is just an impression of the Watch 4 series. I can say that this is the best wearable from Samsung to date. For the price, it is looking really top-notch.

This is just an initial impressions article after a few hours of usage of the Samsung Watch 4 series. I’ll revisit what I talked about here in my full review.


Also, watch our impressions of the OnePlus Nord 2 in Nepali.

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