Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (Traditional) hands-on: Does it work with Google?


The brand new Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (Traditional) brings profound modifications with its launch. It’s the first Samsung smartwatch to make use of Google’s Put on OS. Aside from that, there are additionally different thrilling improvements that considerations the sensor know-how. These timepieces within the Watch 4 collection are able to measure your physique fats composition and together with it, supply loads of different features whereas wanting useless critical. 


  • Transition to Put on OS appears profitable
  • Big selection of fashions to select from
  • Complete vary of sensors


  • No future WearOS upgrades promised…but
  • Costly, particularly the LTE variations

Design and show

Identical to final yr, the Galaxy Watch 4 will arrive in two variations, though they differ solely by way of appears to be like and operation. The cheaper “Galaxy Watch 4” that doesn’t include any suffix depends on an aluminum case and doesn’t have a rotating bezel.
As an alternative, there is a digital bezel, which I am not too snug with because it does take some getting used to.

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The Galaxy Watch 4 has a digital crown – so that you scroll by way of the widgets by swiping a circle over the sting of the case / © NextPit

As for the Galaxy Watch 4 Traditional, it gives a way more stately presence across the wrist with its stainless-steel case whereas tipping the scales at 46.5 or 52.0 grams, relying on the scale you select. By no means thoughts that the Traditional timepiece appears to be like extra premium: each smartwatches are protected in opposition to mud and water because of its IP68 ranking.

As with its predecessor, the Traditional mannequin comes with a mechanical bezel which feels very nice to the contact and works even higher with a agency suggestions with every step. Within the following desk, you possibly can try all the variations together with their respective costs at a look:

Galaxy Watch 4: All fashions

Galaxy Watch 4 (40 mm)Black, Silver, Pink/GoldBluetooth: €269
LTE: €319
Galaxy Watch 4 (44 mm)Black, Silver, InexperiencedBluetooth: €299
LTE: €349
Galaxy Watch 4 Traditional (42 mm)Black, SilverBluetooth: €369
LTE: €419
Galaxy Watch 4 Traditional (46 mm)Black, SilverBluetooth: €399
LTE: €419
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The Galaxy Watch 4 could be seen 4 instances on the left, the Galaxy Watch 4 Traditional twice on the fitting. Samsung gives a complete of 4 totally different sizes, all fashions are optionally out there with or with out LTE / © NextPit

Sensor know-how: Samsung ups the ante

Samsung has unabashedly upgraded the sensors of their newest technology smartwatches. Certain, a coronary heart charge monitor, sleep monitoring, SpO2, and different sensors appear to be the norm lately in any first rate smartwatch or high-end health tracker. Identical to their predecessors, the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Traditional are additionally able to recording the wearer’s blood strain.

The accuracy of the traditional blood strain monitor used right here is actually to not be on par with a devoted medical machine, nevertheless it must be adequate to offer an early warning sign that you just would possibly really endure from a type of extreme hypertension or hypotension, of which must be investigated additional by a well being skilled.

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Samsung has upgraded the sensors in its Galaxy Watch collection / © NextPit

What’s new in comparison with its predecessor, nonetheless, is the impedance sensor, which lets you decide your physique fats composition. So as to do that, all that you want to do is to put the 2 fingers in your different hand on the 2 buttons which might be situated on the fitting aspect of the case.

Much like physique fats scales, the Galaxy Watch 4 makes a studying that estimates your bone mass, water content material, fats share, and different very important indicators of your physique or higher physique part. Relying in your genetics and the way your physique distributes fats reserves between head and foot, this may occasionally or might not paint probably the most correct image. By the way in which, physique fats scales with none hand sensors additionally endure from the same drawback.

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Shut, however works: for an accurate bioimpedance measurement, fingers and again of the hand should not contact / © NextPit

There’s additionally a brand new trick on the subject of in sleep monitoring, which might really are available actually helpful at instances. The Galaxy Watch 4 is not going to solely detect whether or not you snore, but additionally information the sound that you just make throughout your nightly relaxation. Saved as an audio file, why not use this as a prank message to others if you ship them a file of your loud night breathing to inform them (reasonably immediately) that you just’re merely disinterested in no matter they’re telling you? Alternatively, you possibly can play the recordings to a physician who would possibly then be capable of diagnose crucial respiratory issues – if any.

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Your nightly loud night breathing live performance will likely be robotically deleted after 31 days / © NextPit

spherical off the record of options and capabilities, Samsung has additionally included a slew of recent coaching applications that will help you get energetic and transferring.

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Run for the bacon: The Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Traditional supply a working coach / © NextPit



WTF is “One UI Watch 3.0 and Put on OS powered by Samsung?”

The Google I/O announcement of a joint wearable working system from Samsung and Google (in addition to Fitbit) raised extra questions than solutions. Over the previous three months, the image turned clearer and clearer: Sooner or later, Samsung smartwatches will run a variant of Put on OS on their smartwatch which will likely be generally known as model One UI – “F” Tizen.

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The apps at the moment are organized in a vertically scrollable menu and now not round as earlier than / © NextPit

At first look, then, not that a lot has modified with the change to Put on OS. As talked about proper in the beginning, there’s nonetheless the acquainted crown controls from earlier Galaxy Watches. Nonetheless, the app drawer is now not organized in a circle, however reasonably, it’s scrolled by way of vertically.

There’s extra excellent news for Google followers. Now you can select to make use of both Samsung Bixby or Google Assistant as your digital assistants, whereas there may be additionally built-in Samsung Pay and Google Pay assist. Aside from that, you may as well count on broad app assist from the likes of Spotify to Google Maps. That is assuming an app that has been put in in your smartphone additionally has the equal of a smartwatch model, the place the Galaxy Watch 4 will proceed with an set up robotically, now how about that?

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On the fitting of the housing there are two mechanical buttons that double as an impedance sensor / © NextPit

Talking of computerized: The Galaxy Watch 4 is meant to comply with the footsteps of your smartphone settings. For example, if the DND mode is activated, the watch is not going to annoy you with any alerts. Lastly, there’s a gesture management that has been tried out dozens of instances and has not often proved to be profitable up to now. You possibly can settle for or reject incoming calls just by waving your hand.
Does anybody on the market in any respect use this? Good day? Establish your self within the feedback, if you’ll. 

By the way in which, Samsung would not present an replace assure for its Put on OS gadgets prefer it does with smartphones. Oh sure, One UI Watch 3.0 will not be made out there to older Galaxy Watches, too.

Efficiency and battery

Samsung has additionally upgraded the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Traditional by way of processing energy. Each fashions characteristic the brand new Exynos W920 which was manufactured utilizing the 5 nm course of. Together with that, there may be double the quantity of RAM, making it now stand at 1.5GB. The brand new {hardware} is claimed to enhance computing efficiency by 20 p.c. When it comes to GPU efficiency, Samsung claims to see a ten p.c enchancment.

The watch’s inner storage stands at 16 GB, of which Samsung has devoted round half of that for the system, leaving roughly 7.6 GB free to your apps and information. This implies you possibly can switch a good variety of music tracks to the Galaxy Watch 4 after which go to your run with out having to deliver your smartphone alongside. And must you choose up the LTE model of the timepiece, and assuming your community supplier helps eSIM, you possibly can even make and obtain telephone calls every time you might be outdoor. 

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All Galaxy Watch fashions can be found with or with out LTE / © NextPit

We’ve not but been in a position to check out any of the ultimate variations of the Galaxy Watch 4. Subsequently, we have been unable to move judgment on this smartwatch technology but. We’re eagerly stay up for how the battery life performs in actuality. Samsung guarantees 40 hours for the Galaxy Watch 4 collection.
This implies it must be sufficient to have the ability to get by way of a complete day for the common particular person, though you would possibly need to pack your proprietary charging cable for instances when you’ll be away from an influence supply for an extended time frame. 

The battery within the new Watch 4 collection is meant to have the ability to be absolutely charged inside two hours through the Qi wi-fi charging commonplace. Sadly, Samsung didn’t specify the charging velocity, and neither did they specify for which mannequin this charging time applies to. Battery capacities vary between 247 and 361 mAh relying on the mannequin.

Early Verdict

All in all, it appears to be like like Samsung has efficiently made the leap from Tizen to WearOS with out an excessive amount of niggles. The interface appears to be like nicely thought-out and is comparatively much like its older Galaxy Watch fashions. Lastly, with this change, customers will profit from much more freedom on the subject of service compatibility on the Watch 4 fashions.

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With the brand new Galaxy Watch collection you possibly can regulate your physique fats share / © NextPit

With regards to {hardware}, it appears to be like like Samsung has left no stone unturned. Samsung is clearly forward of the competitors in lots of points, and on the identical time, the South Korean conglomerate’s newest smartwatch outing doesn’t level to any evident weaknesses based on our preliminary impression. We’re curious in regards to the efficiency of the Galaxy Watch 4 collection smartwatches in on a regular basis utilization although, of which we are going to current quickly in our detailed evaluate at NextPit.

By the way in which, those that place a pre-order for the watch from now till August 26, 2021, will obtain a credit score of as much as €150 of their Samsung Pay account.


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