Samsung's Galaxy smartwatches have been the most compelling option for Android users over the last couple of years and the Galaxy Watch 4 will look to continue that trend.
Leaks have given us quite a few insights into the hardware Samsung will be rolling out later this year including the expected name change for the Active line to Galaxy Watch, while the pricier model will become the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. Combined with the Google partnership on Wear, there's a reason for Android fans to hope this can be a serious competitor to the Apple Watch.
Here's everything we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, including the expected price, release date, design, features and more.
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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 price
There are no leaks regarding Galaxy Watch 4 pricing, but we can look to the previous generation for clues. Despite the name, the previous generation was the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and it launched at $249 for the Wi-Fi-only model and $299 for the LTE-enabled model.
This is Samsung's more affordable and fitness-focused wearable. The company will likely stick to that same pricing in order to leave room above it for the flagship Galaxy Watch 4 also expected this year. That places the Galaxy Watch 4 at a slight advantage over the Apple Watch SE at $279, which is likely right where Samsung wants to be.
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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 release date
Typically, the Galaxy Watches are released in early August and at MWC 2021 Samsung confirmed that its Wear OS-based Galaxy Watch would launch "at Unpacked this Summer." The latest rumors have settled on August 11 as the date for Galaxy Unpacked, which will also serve as the launch for the Galaxy S21 FE and likely the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3.
A new collection of leaked images from Evan Blass (@evleaks) included 360-degree views of the Galaxy Watch 4 and again asserted that it was coming at the August 11 Galaxy Unpacked event. Nothing is official until it is on stage, but it would be a surprise if we don't see the Galaxy Watch 4 on August 11.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 design
Despite being the continuation of the Active line, the Galaxy Watch 4 doesn't have a rugged design; this was true of its predecessors as well. Leaked renders, presumably based on CAD drawings from @OnLeaks and @GizNext, show a minimal circular chassis and relatively slim design with two buttons on its right side.
The watch will use aluminum construction and come in both 40mm and 44mm sizes, matching the Apple Watch. The same leak claims that the watch will be available in four colors: black, green, silver, and gold. While the shading and band colors differ slightly in the renders from Evan Blass, all of the rumors fundamentally agree on the design and watch colors.
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According to the renders, the buttons are a slightly different size and both have an elongated oval shape as opposed to the oval and circle configuration on the previous model.
The fastener is the other big change with the band as it runs flush with the body of the watch rather than leaving a gap as on the Galaxy Watch Active 2. It's a cleaner look but definitely appears to be a custom band design.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 features
The biggest change for the Galaxy Watch 4 isn't the hardware, but the software. This will be the first wearable launched with the new blended Tizen and Wear OS operating system announced at Google I/O 2021.
Google and Samsung promised roughly 30% faster performance and improved battery life as part of this hybrid OS. Moreover, we know Google has been working on a number of updates to Wear OS as well, so we're excited to see it in action.
Sameer Samat, Google's VP of Product Management for Android and Wear, joined the MWC presentation to chip in some info on what is coming in the new Wear OS. He covered some of the same ground from Google I/O, the partnership should improve performance and battery life for the former Wear OS users and the biggest benefit for Tizen is the larger developer ecosystem and access to Google apps.
Some other additions include eSIM support for to bring future Galaxy Watches to more carriers. Health tracking enhancements will partially come from smaller lower power cores that allow for constant BPM tracking and sleep tracking with less battery impact.
Christina Burton from Samsung's European Marketing team covered some additional hardware and software details. This included Samsung sensors that deliver constant health tracking, the eSIM improvements, a new watch face tool for developers and a new One UI experience.
The new One UI experience allows for automatic app installs on your watch when you install a compatible app on your phone. The settings menu on your phone and watch are nearly identical now. The watch will pick up if you use multiple time zones on your phone and display them on your watch as well. Blocking calls or callers through your watch will also add them to the block list on your phone.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 specs
The Galaxy Watch 4 will reportedly use a new 5-nanometer processor, although no additional details have been offered. Presumably, it is Samsung's own. One advantage the company has enjoyed over other smartwatch makers in recent years has been avoiding Qualcomm's often weak wearable processors.
The display will be flat and feature minimal bezels as can be seen in the images, but there haven't been any additional spec leaks, which is somewhat surprising given the alleged proximity of its launch.
Samsung has been the lone bright spot in the Android wearable market in recent years, and most Wear OS fans were thrilled to hear that it would be getting an injection of Tizen. That also means there is pressure on this first product release. Will Samsung and Google manage to combine the best of both operating systems or will they spoil both?
While the renders we've seen so far don't impress, Samsung is known to make some of the most polished wearable hardware outside of Cupertino, so there's reason to be confident the final product will deliver.
While we may not have long to wait for the official reveal, there are a lot of questions left unanswered regarding the functionality and features coming to the Galaxy Watch 4. We'll be tuning in to MWC 2021 on June 28 to bring you the latest on the Galaxy Watch 4; that is, if Samsung ready to unveil it.