Samsung launches the Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic

Samsung has unveiled its latest smartwatches, the Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic. The new watches were announced at the company’s Galaxy Unpacked event on July 26 in Seoul, South Korea.

The Galaxy Watch 6 series is powered by the new Exynos W930 chip, and it comes with up to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Both watches are available in two sizes: 40mm and 44mm. The Galaxy Watch 6 Classic also features a rotating bezel, which was a popular feature on previous models.

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The new watches come with a variety of new features, including improved sleep tracking, a new ECG app, and a blood oxygen sensor. They also have longer battery life than previous models, with up to 40 hours of use on a single charge.

Design

The new Galaxy Watch 6 series shares several similarities with the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 4 series, but it also boasts significant enhancements and improvements, making it a noteworthy generation of smartwatches.

To begin with, the Galaxy Watch 6 features a robust Armor Aluminium chassis, while the Watch 6 Classic opts for a stainless steel build. The 40mm and 44mm models of the Watch 6 series offer 1.3-inch and 1.5-inch displays, respectively, and the Watch 6 Classic comes in 43mm and 47mm chassis, supporting the same 1.3-inch and 1.5-inch AMOLED screens.

While the Galaxy Watch 6 closely resembles the design of the Galaxy Watch 5, the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic brings back the beloved rotating dial, presenting an upgraded version of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic smartwatch. This familiar aesthetics is welcomed, and they bring some subtle yet beneficial improvements. Samsung has managed to increase the display size by 20% and enhance the peak brightness to 2000 nits, resulting in a more user-friendly experience, particularly in bright outdoor conditions.

Both smartwatches offer an Always-on Display with adjustable brightness, and the new W930 chip ensures faster interactions and a smoother overall experience. Moreover, the bezels are now 30% slimmer, and the rotating bezel is 15% thinner compared to previous generations. Samsung has also introduced new one-click bands, allowing users to easily mix and match watch bands, presenting a selection of over 704 unique combinations for personalized style and versatility.

Health & Fitness

Samsung has recently unveiled a range of advanced tracking features that will be integrated into the Galaxy Watch 6 series, including the Sleep Score Factor, Sleep Consistency, Sleep Mode, Coaching, Body Composition, and more. These features were initially announced for older Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 smartwatches but will now come built-in with the Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic.

The new smartwatches will be powered by the One UI 5 Watch interface, layered on top of the latest Wear OS 4 platform. This upgraded operating system enhances performance, reliability, and efficiency, providing an optimized user experience. Additionally, Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass will merge into a new feature called Samsung Wallet, enabling the storage of event tickets, boarding passes, credit cards, membership cards, and IDs directly on the watch.

Moreover, a range of third-party apps will be introduced to the platform. WhatsApp will enable seamless connectivity with friends and family without the need to retrieve one’s phone from the pocket. Google Calendar and Gmail will be exclusive to Wear OS, while Peloton and MyFitnessPal updates are on the horizon. Audible will also offer expanded streaming options.

The Galaxy Watch 6 series introduces a Skin Temperature API, enabling Samsung’s partners to access infrared technology for innovative temperature measurement possibilities. One such application, Thermo Check, will utilize this API to allow users to measure water temperature before and after swimming sessions.

Hardware

The Galaxy Watch 6 series is powered by Samsung’s new Exynos W930 chipset, which is more efficient and provides faster performance. Both watches have 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, which is plenty of space for apps, music, and other data.

The Galaxy Watch 6 comes with the Samsung BioActive Sensor, which includes optical heart rate, electrical heart signal, and bioelectrical impedance analysis sensors. It also has temperature, accelerometer, barometer, gyro, geomagnetic, and light sensors. The Watch 6 Classic has most of the same sensors, plus an additional 3D Hall sensor.

Both smartwatches support LTE, Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi 2.4GHz and 5GHz, NFC, and GPS/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo tracking technologies. They are also 5ATM, IP68, and MIL-STD-810H certified, making them water-resistant, dust-proof, and shock-resistant.