The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 (and Watch 6 Classic) are now official.
Read on for a quick rundown of what's new – and make sure you check on our experiences with the new Wear OS 4 smartwatch.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 price
Galaxy Watch 6 40 mm: From $299/£289 – Pre-order
Galaxy Watch 6 44 mm: From $329/£319 – Pre-order
Galaxy Watch 6 Classic 43 mm: From $399/£369 – Pre-order
Galaxy Watch 6 Classic 47 mm: From $429£399– Pre-order
For reference, below are the prices that the current-gen Galaxy Watch 5 models arrived at:
- Galaxy Watch 5 (40mm) - from $279 / £269
- Galaxy Watch 5 (44mm) - from $309 / £294
- Galaxy Watch 5 Pro - from $449 / £429
The 2021 Galaxy Watch 4 models initially retailed at the following prices, meanwhile:
- Galaxy Watch 4 (40mm) - from $249 / £249
- Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm) - from $279 / £269
- Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (42mm) - from $349 / £349
- Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (46mm) - from $379 / £369
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 release date
The Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic are available for pre-order from 26 July – and will be on-sale from 11 August.
- Improved sleep tracking and sleep coach features
- Improved Samsung Wallet for passes and cards
- Personalized heart rate zones
- Running track support
- Abnormal high or low heart rate alerts
The Galaxy Watch 6 40mm/Watch 6 Classic 43mm looks to be getting a 300mAh battery, and the Galaxy Watch 6 45mm/Watch 6 Classic 47mm will get a 425mAh battery.
These are only marginally larger than the Watch 5 – so don't expect too many fireworks in terms of battery life this year. The leak indicates a 20% boost in capacity, but Samsung itself says not to expect any improvements. Both the Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic boast 40 hours of battery life at most, so single-day use is still the reality.
Return of the rotating bezel
Great news, the rotating bezel makes it to the Watch 6 Classic after being left off on the Watch 5 Pro in 2022.
On the Galaxy Watch 6 Samsung has reduced the bezel size (and thus increased the display size).
There's around a 30% increase in display size on the standard model and 15% increase on the Watch 6 Classic.
One UI 5 Watch
Samsung has officially announced that the One UI 5 Watch will launch later this year and teased a number of the upgrades coming to compatible Galaxy Watch devices.
And what's more, it will also roll out to the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 4 models, and bring the new heart rate training and sleep features to these older models.
Exynos W930 chipset details
The Galaxy Watch 6 series will feature a next-gen Exynos W930 chipset.
It boasts a 20% boost power thanks to a faster clock speed, but the manufacturing processes remain the same.
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