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Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Release date, price, features & everything you need to know

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Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy Watch 6 and the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic smartwatches at its Galaxy Unpacked event on July 26 in Soul, South Korea. The new smartwatches were unveiled alongside the new Galaxy Z Flip 5, Galaxy Z Fold 5, and the Galaxy Tab S9 series of devices.



The new Galaxy Watch 6 series come equipped with the new Exynos W930 chip, up to 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of memory. Both smartwatches offer two unique sizes, and the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic returns the beloved rotating bezel. The new watches come with a stylish design, improved performance, and features emphasizing battery life.

Related: Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 vs Galaxy Watch 5: What are the differences?


Price & Availability

The Galaxy Watch 6 series are already available for pre-order, and the new smartwatches will become available on August 11. The standard Galaxy Watch 6 in 40mm will start at $299.99, while the more oversized Galaxy Watch 6 Classic in 43mm will retail from $399.99. The more oversized Galaxy Watch 6 in 44mm will retail from $329.99, while the even larger Galaxy Watch 6 Classic will be available for $429.99.

It’s worth mentioning that the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will remain available, and Samsung will continue recommending it to those looking for the most durable and best-performing smartwatch with enhanced GPS features. The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will remain available for $449.99.

Model & Size (Bluetooth models) Price (USD) Price (GBP) Price (EUR)
Galaxy Watch 6 – 40mm $299.99 £289 €319
Galaxy Watch 6 – 44mm $329.99 £319 €349
Universe Watch 6 Classic – 43mm $399.99 £369 €419
Universe Watch 6 Classic – 47mm $429.99 £399 €449

Those pre-ordering the Galaxy Watch 6 or the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic will receive a free Fabric Band and up to $250 off with an eligible trade-in.

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    Samsung Galaxy Watch 6

    The Galaxy Watch 6 is the latest smartwatch from Samsung, and it’s available in 40mm and 44mm sizes. Depending on the size, you get a 1.3-inch or a 1.5-inch display, a new and more powerful Exynos W930 chip, an up to 40-hour battery life, fast wireless charging, and many new features in One UI 5 Watch based on Wear OS 4.

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    Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic

    The Galaxy Watch 6 Classic returns the beloved physical rotating bezel and is the latest smartwatch from Samsung. It’s available in 43mm and 47mm sizes. Depending on the size, you get a 1.3-inch or a 1.5-inch display, a new and more powerful Exynos W930 chip, an up to 40-hour battery life, fast wireless charging, and many new features in One UI 5 Watch based on Wear OS 4.

Colours

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 will be available in three colours, although some variations will depend on the size you decide to go with. The 40mm Galaxy Watch 6 is available in Graphite and Gold colours, while the 44mm model will be available in Graphite and Silver. Both sizes will offer an Armor Aluminium case with a Sport Band.

Model Size Chassis Colours
Galaxy Watch 6 40mm Armor Aluminium Graphite, Gold
Galaxy Watch 6 44mm Armor Aluminium Graphite, Silver
Galaxy Watch 6 Classic 43mm Stainless Steel Black, Silver
Galaxy Watch 6 Classic 47mm Stainless Steel

The Galaxy Watch 6 Classic doesn’t follow the same colour combination and instead opts for a stylish Black and Silver variety for both sizes. Both sizes will offer a Stainless Steel chassis with a Hypbrid Eco-Leather Band.

Galaxy Watch 6 series: Technical Specifications

Samsung’s new Exynos W930 chipset powers the Galaxy Watch 6 series. It’s better and more efficient, providing faster performance. The Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic have 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage to store all applications, music, and other data.

The Galaxy Watch 6 comes with the Samsung BioAcive Sensor that includes the Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart Signal, and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis sensors. Additionally, there is a temperature, accelerometer, barometer, gyro, geomagnetic, and light sensors. The Watch 6 classic has most of the same and additional 3D Hall sensors.

Both smartwatches support LTE, Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi 2.4GHz and 5GHz, NFC, and GPS/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo tracking technologies. The Watch 6 and 6 Classic are 5ATM, IP68, and MIL-STD-810H certified.

  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic
    Heart Rate Monitor Yes Yes
    Operating System One UI 5 Watch based on Wear OS 4 One UI 5 Watch based on Wear OS 4
    Case Material Armor Aluminium Stainless Steel
    Sizes 40mm, 44mm 43mm, 47mm
    Colours Graphite, Silver, Gold Black, Silver
    Display 40mm: 1.3-inch 432 x 432, Super AMOLED | 44mm: 1.5-inch 480 x 480 Super AMOLED 43mm: 1.3-inch 432 x 432, Super AMOLED | 47mm: 1.5-inch 480 x 480 Super AMOLED
    CPU Exynos W930 Exynos W930
    RAM 2GB 2GB
    Storage 16GB 16GB
    Battery 40mm: 300 mAh, 44mm: 425 mAh 43mm: 300 mAh | 47mm: 425 mAh
    Connectivity LTE, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC LTE, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC
    Health sensors Samsung BioActive Sensor, Temperature Sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor Samsung BioActive Sensor, Temperature Sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor, 3D Hall sensor
    Dimensions 40mm: 38.8 x 40.4 x 9.0 mm | 44mm: 42.8 x 44.4 x 9.0 mm 43mm: 42.5 x 42.5 x 10.9 mm | 47mm: 46.5 x 46.5 x 10.9 mm
    Weight 40mm: 28.7g | 44mm: 33.3g 43mm: 52 g | 47mm: 59 g
    Mobile payments Yes Yes
    Workout detection Yes Yes
    Exercise modes Yes Yes
    GPS GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo
    Fast charging Yes Yes

Design

The new Galaxy Watch 6 series has much in common with the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 4 series. However, there are some significant iterable enhancements and improvements in incineration smartwatches.

The Galaxy Watch 6 has a sturdy Armor Aluminium chassis, while the Watch 6 Classic is made of Stainless Steel. The 40mm and 44mm Watch Six series have 1.3-inch and 1.5-inch displays, while the Watch 6 Classic comes in 43mm and 47mm chassis supporting the same 1.3-inch and 1.5-inch AMOLED screens.

The Watch 6 has a nearly identical design to the Galaxy Watch 5. At the same time, the Galaxy Watch 6 returns the beloved rotating dial, and it looks a lot like an improved Galaxy Watch 4 Classic smartwatch. The similar looks aren’t bad, meaning that one of the most popular smartwatches is now back with minor improvements. Samsung says it managed to increase the display by 20% and increase the peak brightness to 2000 nits, making both smartwatches even more user-friendly in bright outdoor conditions.

Both smartwatches support Always-on Display with brightness adjustments, and the new W930 chip will provide faster interactions and a smoother experience overall. The bezels are also 30% slimmer, and the rotating bezel is 15% thinner compared to previous generations. Samsung also added new one-click bands that allow users to mix and match watch bands easily, and users can select from over 704 unique combinations on Samsung.com.

Software, Health & Fitness

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Galaxy Watch 6

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Samsung already announced several new advanced tracking features coming to older Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 smartwatches, and these will be built-in to the Galaxy Watch 6 series, including the new Sleep Score Factor, Sleep Consistency, Sleep Mode and Coaching, Body Composition, and other features.

The Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic will have One UI 5 Watch interface on top of the latest Wear OS 4 platform. The new operating system improves the smartwatches’ performance, reliability, and efficiency. Additionally, the new Galaxy Watch 6 series will combine Samsung Pay with Samsung Pass and be called Samsung Wallet. The watch will be able to store event tickets, boarding passes, credit cards, membership cards, and IDs.

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Alongside the new fitness and software changes, several other third-party apps are on the platform. Namely, WhatsApp will make connecting with friends and family easier, all without getting your phone out of your pocket. Google Calendar and Gmail will be exclusively available on Wear OS, and Peloton and MyFitnessPal updates are coming soon. Audible will also offer additional streaming options.

A new Skin Temperature API will allow Samsung’s partners to access infrared technology to bring a new world of possibilities in temperature measurement. A new Thermo Check application will take advantage of the new API, allowing users to measure the temperature of the water before and after swimming sessions.

Galaxy Z Flip 5 users can also use the Camera Controller to remotely control their devices’ cameras and switch between modes and zoom. Many more features are coming to the smartwatches that’ll enhance the experience for Galaxy users, and Samsung Knox will help retain private information securely on the smartwatches.

Battery

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6, 40mm, and the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic, 43mm, will offer a 300 mAh battery capacity, while the 44mm Watch six and the 47mm Watch 6 Classic models will have a 425 mAh battery. All smartwatches support fast wireless charging, and Samsung says that all smartwatches can last for up to 40 hours with Always-on Display turned off or up to 30 hours with it being turned on.

Your mileage may vary, depending on the GPS, AoD, and many other factors that could drain the battery even faster. Samsung also says that a quick 8 minutes of fast charge will provide an additional eight of battery life, enough to track sleep during the night.

The new capacities are a blow to smartwatch enthusiasts and anyone who expected a larger capacity. The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro had a large 590 mAh capacity, and it could run for a comfortable two days for many users and sometimes even for three days on a single charge.

We can only hope that the new chip and the added optimizations of Wear OS 4 and One UI 5 Watch will provide a battery improvement that’s at least comparable to the previous generation. Still, as always, we’ll have to conduct our tests before we can conclude.

  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 vs. Galaxy Watch 5: How different are they?
    Samsung Galaxy Watch 6

    The Galaxy Watch 6 is the latest smartwatch from Samsung, and it’s available in 40mm and 44mm sizes. Depending on the size, you get a 1.3-inch or a 1.5-inch display, a new and more powerful Exynos W930 chip, an up to 40-hour battery life, fast wireless charging, and many new features in One UI 5 Watch based on Wear OS 4.

  • pbi-samsung-galaxy-watch-6-classic
    Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic

    The Galaxy Watch 6 Classic returns the beloved physical rotating bezel and is the latest smartwatch from Samsung. It’s available in 43mm and 47mm sizes. Depending on the size, you get a 1.3-inch or a 1.5-inch display, a new and more powerful Exynos W930 chip, an up to 40-hour battery life, fast wireless charging, and many new features in One UI 5 Watch based on Wear OS 4.

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