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Samsung Galaxy Watch FE is official: A refreshed classic with sapphire upgrade

Perhaps a bit earlier than expected, Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Watch FE (Fan Edition). The new addition to their smartwatch lineup is positioned as a budget-friendly option. Watch FE appears to be a reimagining of the popular Galaxy Watch 4 with only a few enhancements.

Looking through the specs, the most significant change is the replacement of the Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ with a more durable sapphire crystal display. This offers enhanced scratch resistance. 

While the Galaxy Watch 4 came in both 40mm and 44mm sizes, the Galaxy Watch FE is available exclusively in a 40mm size. Additionally, the Bluetooth connection has been bumped up from version 5.0 to 5.3, potentially offering improved connectivity and range. Samsung has also committed to providing ongoing software updates for the Galaxy Watch FE, ensuring it remains up-to-date with the latest features and security patches. 

Most things remain unchanged

While the exterior boasts some refinements, the internal hardware remains largely unchanged from the Galaxy Watch 4.This includes the Exynos W920 SoC with two CPU cores clocked at 1.18 GHz, 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a 247 mAh battery with WPC-based wireless charging, and the Samsung BioActive sensor for comprehensive health tracking.

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As noted in our previous leak coverage, the Galaxy Watch FE closely resembles its predecessor in terms of design. The familiar circular form factor and sleek aesthetics remain, with the sapphire crystal display adding a touch of premium durability.

Samsung Galaxy Watch FE
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Availability and price

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Watch FE will be available starting June 24th at a competitive price point of $199. An LTE-enabled version is slated for release later this year at $249. Consumers will have the choice of three stylish colors: black, blue, and pink gold.

Samsung’s decision to revive the Galaxy Watch 4 as the Galaxy Watch FE might seem unusual, but it aligns with a proven strategy used by competitors like Apple. A budget-friendly Galaxy Watch FE could effectively compete with the Apple Watch SE and other affordable smartwatches from Garmin, Fitbit, Mobvoi, and Amazfit. Building upon the success of the FE concept in its smartphone lineup, Samsung aims to expand its market share in the smartwatch sector by offering a more accessible option.

For those who missed out on the Galaxy Watch 4 or are seeking a budget-friendly smartwatch with a premium display and ongoing software support, the Galaxy Watch FE presents a valid option. Its familiar design, robust health tracking capabilities, and promise of longevity make it a worthy contender in the company’s lineup.

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Marko Maslakovic

Marko founded Gadgets & Wearables in 2014, having worked for more than 15 years in the City of London’s financial district. Since then, he has led the company’s charge to become a leading information source on health and fitness gadgets and wearables.

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