Oh-so clean

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

The new classic

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic

The Galaxy Watch 4 is Samsung's watch for fitness fiends thanks to its lightweight design and smaller case sizes. Complete with excellent performance and advanced health monitoring sensors, this watch is ready to go everywhere you are. But, the lack of a physical rotating bezel could make it less than ideal to use with sweaty fingers.

From $250 at Samsung

Pros

  • Lighter weight than Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
  • Best for smaller wrists
  • Same performance for less money
  • Minimal design
  • Capacitive rotating bezel

Cons

  • Aluminum case is more easily damaged
  • No physical rotating bezel

The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is precise, as the name suggests with its traditional watch look, but with the power and processing capability to be one of the most advanced smartwatches available. Its rotating bezel is perfect for navigating around the new One UI Watch, and a suite of health-tracking sensors means this watch can go from meetings to the gym with ease.

From $350 at Samsung

Pros

  • Looks more like a traditional watch
  • Durable stainless steel case
  • Physical rotating bezel
  • Offers the largest case size
  • Excellent performance

Cons

  • More expensive
  • Heavier than the Galaxy Watch 4

The new Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic look to continue the technology giant's run at the top of the best Android smartwatches, thanks to everything each is packing. These watches are the first to launch with the new Wear OS 3.0 and are the first with a Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) sensor to give you even more tools to help you reach your health goals. Aside from the fancy technology included with these watches, they're also some of the best-looking smartwatches. But for all that's similar in the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series, what makes these two smartwatches so different? Let's dig in and see what separates these two wearables from one another.

It's what's on the surface that counts

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Watch 4 ClassicSource: Android Central

In past versions of Galaxy smartwatches, Samsung offered watches with similar internal specs and variations in the external appearance — ala Galaxy Watch Active 2 and the Galaxy Watch 3. This approach worked well for Samsung in the past, so why not continue that trend with this new round of smartwatches?

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
Size 44.4 x 43.3 x 9.8mm
40.4 x 39.3 x 9.8mm
45.5 x 45.5 x 11.0mm
41.5 x 41.5 x 11.2mm
Weight 30.3g
25.9g
52g
46.5g
Display Super AMOLED 1.4-inch (330PPI)
Super AMOLED 1.2-inch (330PPI)
Super AMOLED 1.4-inch (330PPI)
Super AMOLED 1.2-inch (330PPI)
Material Aluminum case Stainless steel case
Operating System Wear OS Powered by Samsung Wear OS Powered by Samsung
Processor Exynos W920 (5nm) Exynos W920 (5nm)
Memory 1.5GB RAM
16GB storage
1.5GB RAM
16GB storage
Battery 361mAh
247mAh
361mAh
247mAh
Sensors Accelerometer
Barometer
Gyro
Geomagnetic
Light
BioActive Sensor (heart rate)
ECG
BIA
Accelerometer
Barometer
Gyro
Geomagnetic
Light
BioActive Sensor (heart rate)
ECG
BIA
Connectivity LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi
NFC
GPS
LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi
NFC
GPS
Durability 5ATM
IP68
MIL-STD-810G
5ATM
IP68
MIL-STD-810G
Colors Green
Black
Silver
Pink Gold
Black
Silver
Band size 20mm
20mm
20mm
20mm

Looking over the spec table above, you can see these two watches match up exactly when it comes to what's inside. However, Samsung does take the adage, "it's what on the inside that counts," and flips it on its head.

Previous Galaxy watches would be close in matching internals, whereas the Galaxy Watch 4 series is the same across the board. Yet, aside from the display, these two watches are different in nearly every way on the outside.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Hands OnSource: Android Central

The Galaxy Watch 4 is going to be the perfect smartwatch for the person who likes minimal design aesthetics, wants a smaller watch size, or prefers the lightest option available for that barely-there feel when wearing it. The Galaxy Watch 4 is significantly lightweight compared to the stainless steel that envelopes the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, thanks to the aluminum case.

While aluminum does shave off some grams, it's also much easier to scratch and ding than stainless steel. Thankfully, both watches have the same MIL-STD-810G durability rating.

One of the primary visual differences I found when comparing these two smartwatches is the bezel. Of course, you'll find the same display size for each wearable, but the addition of a physical rotating bezel on the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic does add a couple of millimeters to its overall case size.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Hands OnSource: Android Central

Both Galaxy Watch 4 series options offer a version of Samsung's popular rotating bezel, but only on the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic do you get to rotate the bezel physically.

The other noticeable difference in the external visual cues is the two buttons' design on the right-hand side of each watch. Both devices in the Galaxy Watch 4 series feature dual buttons. But on the Galaxy Watch 4, these pushers are much more flush to the watch's case. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic's buttons are also more pronounced, and the case flares outward a little in between the two buttons giving it some separation.

In terms of performance, you'll find that both new watches offer the most responsive interface and some of the most advanced health monitoring sensors available. This means that regardless of which smartwatch you decide to go with — you won't have to worry about missing out on any features.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Hands OnSource: Android Central

Samsung is replacing its fitness-focused Galaxy Active 2 smartwatch with the Galaxy Watch 4, and it makes sense. With its lightweight design and smaller sizes, it's truly the perfect fitness companion. While the style of the device doesn't scream "workout watch," it's excellent for those who prefer a more subdued fashion.

On the contrary, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is ready for nearly all situations. Thanks to the stainless steel casing and traditional watch stylings, it's the watch for those looking for a more refined aesthetic. This device looks great in business meetings and fancy dinner dates and can handle all of your fitness goals thanks to the same fitness features as the Galaxy Watch 4.

Minimalistic on the outside

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Exceedingly intelligent inside

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is a sleek, unassuming design on the outside that's packed with the most advanced technologies on the inside. From the ultra-fast processor to the latest health-monitoring sensors, the Galaxy Watch 4 is ready for almost anything.

Premium looks

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic

With intelligence to back it up

For those looking for a smartwatch that could pass for a traditional timepiece, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is the one to get. Not only does it offer a stainless steel case and classic design, but it also hides some of the most impressive wearable technology available.

We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.