Rumor has it that Samsung will announce two new smartwatches, the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic, during its Unpacked event on August 11th. These will be the first smartwatches to run on Google and Samsung’s new Watch OS, and if leaked images and specs are accurate, they may be the most impressive Android smartwatches of all time.
Here’s everything we know about the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic ahead of their official reveal. Bear in mind that leaks and rumors aren’t always accurate and that we still know very little about the new Wear OS, which may impact performance and usability more than hardware.
The Design: That’s a Galaxy Watch!
From what we’ve seen, the Galaxy Watch 4 comes in white, gray, rose gold, and black colorways (white or black for the Watch 4 Classic). It features a swappable wrist strap and two control buttons. Interestingly, the Watch 4 Classic also packs an Apple Watch-styled dial on its display for additional controls.
As reported by WinFuture, Samsung will sell the Galaxy Watch 4 in 40mm and 44mm sizes, while the Watch 4 Classic will come in 42mm and 46mm sizes. But they both feature the same 1.19-inch or 1.36-inch (450×450 pixel) displays—the Watch 4 Classic is just a bit thicker because of its front dial.
We expect Samsung to use Gorilla Glass DX+ in its Watch 4 screens. Both smartwatches should have a 5ATM water-resistance rating, plus a MIL-STD 810G durability certification.
The Specs: A Long Battery Life? A Fast Processor?
While we don’t know much about the new Watch OS, we know that it’s too demanding for existing Android smartwatches. A new generation of processors are required for the new Wear OS, which is why Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 will probably run on an Exynos W920 chipset, which is reportedly 1.25x faster than the Galaxy Watch 3’s processor and offers 8x better graphics performance.
Not only that, but the Watch 4 features 1.5GB of RAM (half a gigabyte more than its predecessor) and 16GB of onboard storage. Compare these specs with any Wear OS device that came out in 2020 or 2021, and there’s no competition. (Even the TicWatch E3, which is one of the only existing Android smartwatches that will run the new Wear OS, is slow by comparison.)
We also expect Samsung to use a 247mAh battery in the smaller version of its Watch 4. The larger model should include a 361mAh cell, possibly providing up to a week of battery life. This sounds a little too good to be true given the new processor and updated OS, but it’s possible.
Feature-wise, the Galaxy Watch 4 doesn’t seem all that different from its predecessors. It has a pulse oximeter, a heart rate sensor, sleep sensors, and everything else you’d expect from a smartwatch. But one leak from Max Weinbach states that the Galaxy Watch 4 may pack a BIA sensor to compare your body fat and muscle mass in real-time, a feature that could come in handy depending on your fitness goals.
There are probably some neat features hidden behind the new Watch OS, but of course, we won’t know about them until August 11th. Now’s a good time to reiterate that leaks and rumors don’t always come true, so don’t be surprised if there are some inaccuracies here.