There has been no shortage of leaks as far as the next Samsung Galaxy Watch. However, this comes with a bit of confusion. Will we be seeing only the Galaxy Watch 4 or will there be a Galaxy Watch 4 Active to go along with it?
This latest leaks helps to clear things up a bit. What is now evident is that there will be multiple models.
Galaxy Watch 4 – the Classic variant makes a return
For starters, the Classic variant will be making a return this year. This is a moniker that has not been used by Samsung ever since the Gear S3 Classic was launched some five years ago. According to Android Headlines, what we’ll be getting is two main variants. The Classic and Active.
It seems, the leaked pics we have seen earlier are renders of the Active model. An important difference between that one and the Classic variant is the inclusion of the rotating bezel on the later. So yes, the bezel is here to stay. What the Classic and Active have in common are the two large buttons on the right-hand side of the watch.
It should not be a problem to find the right fit. The Classic will come in a choice between three case sizes – a 42mm, 44m and 46mm. Something for everyone there. Typically, the company only offers two case sizes.
What’s more, each of these will be available in a stainless steel or aluminium build. The three color choices you’ll be able to pick from are white, black and gray. The white, in particular, has caught our eye.
Another customization opportunity will be the 20mm bands. You’ll be able to pick and choose between them as switching out bands will be a seamless experience. In the box, the watch comes with two bands, a S/M and a M/L option.
Some other specs that have been revealed are to do with screen protection. The stainless steel model will come with Gorilla Glass DX on top of a super AMOLED display. The aluminium model will have even better DX+ protection. This might be a rather odd choice, but apparently it made more sense to fit the DX+ on aluminum since it is softer.
All the variants will be 5 ATM approved for water-resistance down to 50 meters depth. They will also be built to the MIL-STD-810G standard for excellent durability.
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic: 360-degree video
An even better look at the upcoming watch can be had from a 360-degree video. This was released by popular “leakster” Evan Blass. It’s almost as good as seeing the real thing!
Galaxy Watch4 Classic pic.twitter.com/RDI6cq4ToR
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 4, 2021
The 360-degree video confirms all the above details. The excellent quality display, bezel around the sides and two physical buttons.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 4, 2021
At least three colour options of Watch 4 Classic are expected. This includes black, silver and white. There will be two colour variants for the watch cover.
Galaxy Watch 4, release date, price
Some had hoped the device would see the light at MWC in Barcelona, but the company has used the opportunity to give us a first look into the operating system it is building with Google. This will feature Samsung’s own One UI, skinned on top of Google Wear OS. That way the user interface will be in line with the design that can already be found on its smartphones.
The operating system will only run on new Galaxy Watches. Existing owners will need to make due with Tizen which Samsung will continue to support for a further three years.
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As far as hardware, the company did confirm at MWC that we will be seeing the new watch at the Unpacked event late this summer. With no official confirmation, this is expected to go ahead on August 11th, or slightly before.
Interestingly, the date that can be seen on all images of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is the 28th. Perhaps we should pin our hopes on that date, instead? There’s no month so we’re just guessing they are referring to August.
Talk is that the price of the upcoming device will be quite steep. According to MySmartPrice the 40mm variant of Galaxy Watch 4 will run at €350 – €370. The 44 mm version will be slightly more, €380 – €400.
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic will be even pricier. The 42mm will run between €470 – €500, and the 46mm at €500 – €530. Pricing details of the 44mm Classic are not known yet, but it should sit between the 42mm and 46mm.
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