The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is the only Classic variant of the Samsung Galaxy Watch. We’ve seen other smartwatches on sale that have Classic variants, but they are significantly different than the original and designed around a traditional design, like the TicWatch Pro. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic has a smaller display, just like the Classic variant of the Samsung Galaxy Watch (which launched at IFA 2018). Both variants of the Galaxy Watch have the same 42mm and 46mm casings, and both include a rotating bezel. The watch has a standard 42mm case, with a 1.2-inch, 360 x 360 display. This is a standard QHD Super AMOLED display that shows images in vivid, sharp, and saturated colors. This is a color touchscreen display that works equally well outdoors or indoors.
While Samsung has done a good job at giving the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic a chiseled, less rounded look, this is still a big watch. It has a 44mm case diameter and a thick, tall band that makes it stand out from the crowd of regular, “smaller” smartwatches. It weighs in at 42.7g (that’s about 1.2oz) on my medium-sized wrist, which I don’t find very heavy. That said, the rest of the design is decidedly mixed. It has a classy, metal-clad build that’s reassuringly durable. The watch face and bezel is relatively small, giving it an excellent at-a-glance readability. Samsung even claims that the color of the bezel matches your skin tone, something that’s rare on smartwatches today. On the bottom of the watch, you’ll find a speaker that emits an entirely loud and clear sound.
Display The S4 Classic has a 1.3-inch Super AMOLED display, which is the same size as the one found in the LTE model. Since this watch is not equipped with an AMOLED display, you’ll see images that are rendered at a lower resolution and are a little duller than on the LTE model. But I was pleasantly surprised by how bright this watch was. It’s a little more obvious in direct sunlight, but for a watch, it’s a nice contrast to the colors of your other devices. Battery There is a 472 mAh battery inside, and Samsung says it can keep the Galaxy Watch Classic going for up to a day, depending on how you use it. The Tizen OS will do all the heavy lifting here, since the watch is not going to feature a great deal of computing or dedicated hardware to drive the experience.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 has a 45-minute battery life (vs a 42-minute battery life on the Galaxy Watch 3), and a dual-core processor. These two facts alone should make you feel confident about the device, as I’ve always found the best battery life in smartwatches comes from high-end devices. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 has an Exynos 9110 dual-core processor and 768MB of RAM. These specs are more than enough for the average user to use this smartwatch. I’ve worn the watch for hours at a time and haven’t noticed any issues. I do have to caveat this by saying it can take a little longer to open and load apps. The watch takes a few seconds to begin refreshing an app after you install, which could take a few seconds longer to start.
The Galaxy Watch 4 classic will be sold by Samsung directly as well as through the stores of all major retailers. In the United States, the price of the smartwatch is $329.99, and you can get it in four color options – Silver, Rose Gold, Blue, and Grey. All variants of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 will be available for purchase starting September 14, 2018, in the United States. It will cost you £349 in the UK, €399 in Europe, and ¥3499 in China. The Classic model of the smartwatch will cost you €399 in Spain and €399 in Portugal, $429 in the US and Canada, and ¥3399 in China.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is a solid improvement over the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2. It offers a smaller footprint, more apps, more fitness features, and even built-in GPS so you can track your runs without carrying your phone. If you prefer leather, then the Galaxy Watch 4 has plenty of fashionable choices. The design, though a little bland, is far more attractive than the boring Galaxy Watch 2. However, the Gear’s biggest problem is the fact that it doesn’t come cheap. If you’re looking for a versatile smartwatch that’s simple to use and doesn’t cost a fortune, the Gear 4 is a solid alternative.