Announcing the Galaxy Watch 6: Is This The Ultimate Android Watch?

The Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic were announced at the Galaxy Unpacked event in South Korea, alongside its other flagship smartphones and tablets and they are available on preorder. Some things are different from its “older sibling”, some things are the same, but what a lot of Galaxy Watch fans would be excited to know is… Yes, the rotating bezel is back! Well, on the Watch 6 Classic, at least.

Overall Design

Samsung’s decision to take away the rotating bezel from the Galaxy Watch 5 wasn’t exactly well received by the Galaxy Watch ‘fan club’, so they did the right thing and reintroduced it in the Galaxy Watch 6. It looks premium as ever, unfortunately, Samsung didn’t provide the feature in the base model Watch 6, it’s only available in the Classic.

Rotating bezels aside, the overall design isn’t that much different from its predecessor, but it’s still a teeny little bit better. Samsung claims that the Watch 6 has 20% bigger displays than the Watch 5. The overall sizes of the Watch 6 are identical to that of the Watch 5, but the bezels are slimmer, allowing them to have a much bigger sapphire crystal 1.3-inch display on the 40mm and 1.5-inch display on the 44mm version, both Super AMOLED, of course. The Watch 6 Classic, however, offers a different selection of watch sizes with the 43mm and 47mm versions having 1.3 and 1.5-inch Super AMOLED displays, respectively.

Both watches are protected with military-grade drop protection and IP68 water resistance, which means they can withstand water up to 5ATM, and although the new design doesn’t look as durable as the Watch 5’s, time will tell.

The Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic both feature an updated one-click band system that makes it way easier to change the bands now, which is a big relief for those who change their bands a lot.

Software

Both watches launched with Samsung’s OneUI 5 Watch, the latest version of Samsung’s OS for its wearables. The software, built on Google’s Wear OS 4, now offers new and better health and fitness features, access to 3rd party apps from Play Store, custom watch faces and a lot more customisation.

Samsung decided to go with personalized heart rate zones on the Galaxy Watch 6 series that are somewhat reminiscent of a Fitbit, these help to better measure the intensity of an exercise. Users can now use this feature to set goals according to their ability. The heart zones are five with the first being the “warm up” zone and the last being the “maximum effort” zone.

The One UI 5 Watch emergency SOS system has also been updated to allow Galaxy Watches contact emergency services automatically if need be.

Performance

There’s a newer dual-core 1.4GHz Exynos W930 chipset in the Galaxy Watch 6 series, an upgrade from the W920 featured in the Watch 4 and 5 series. The W920 isn’t exactly a brand-new chipset as it is based on the same model as the W920, which means it’s only an overclocked W920. All that being said, the W930 performs better than the previous model. Both the Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic have also seen an upgrade in RAM to 2GB and storage to 16GB.

Battery

The Galaxy Watch 6 series also have bigger batteries, as expected. The 40mm Watch 6 packs a 300mAh battery, while the 44mm packs a 425mAh. That’s a huge step up from the Watch 5 which had a 284 mAh battery on the 40mm model and a 410 mAh battery on the 44mm model and as such, the battery life wasn’t all that great.

The watches have been estimated to last 30 hours with the Always-On display on and 40 hours when it’s off. They both have fast charging capabilities, charging them for eight minutes can give a battery life of up to eight hours.

Price And Availability

The Watch 6’s 40mm version is set to be priced at $299 and the 43mm at $329. The Watch 6 Classic’s prices are $399 and $429 for the 44mm and 47mm. The Watch 6 comes in two different colors, both the 40mm and 44mm models having a graphite color, the 40mm having a gold color, and the 44mm having a silver. Both sizes of the Watch 6 Classic come in silver and black.

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