Samsung's announcement frenzy continues with the Galaxy Watch6 and Watch6 Classic, the latter coming with a rotating bezel - the company’s most iconic feature in its wearables is making a return after going away for a year. They come in two sizes each, and all variants have an LTE option with an eSIM module.
The Galaxy Watch6 brings a number of improvements compared to the Watch5. The minimalistic, more affordable member of the new series lacks the rotating bezel, but it still has all of the new functionality. The new wearable is actually ever so slightly smaller than its predecessor, coming in 44 mm and 40 mm formats. However, thanks to a thinner bezel, the screens are actually slightly larger at 1.5” and 1.3”, respectively.
The displays are the same in the Watch6 Classic, although the version with the rotating bezel is sold in 47 mm and 43 mm sizes. All Galaxy Watch6 wearables have a Super AMOLED screen with full-color AOD and sapphire crystal protection on top.
These wearables come with a new Exynos W930 chipset. It still comes with a dual-core CPU, but the top clock speed is now 18% higher at 1.4 GHz. RAM also increased by 33% to 2 GB, with 16 GB internal storage.
The biggest improvement Samsung introduced in the Watch6 series is actually on the software side. Thanks to the skin temperature sensors and the heart rate monitor, the wearables will provide a more in-depth sleep insight.
The company also proudly announced the wearables are the only ones that support the full health tracking suite - ECG, Heart rate & HR alert, blood pressure, menstrual cycle prediction and fall detection.
The Watch6 supports Samsung Wallet (in countries where it is available), and it can be used as a remote camera shutter or to find the owner’s phone with an integrated map. Since there is WearOS for Samsung, the wearables support Google and 3rd party apps.
The Watch6 and Watch6 Classic feature 425 mAh batteries for the larger sizes (44 mm vanilla or 47 mm Classic) and 300 mAh for the smaller ones (40 mm vanilla and 43 mm Classic). The devices are also IP68 certified, can be submersed into water up to 50 m (5ATM), and are MIL-STD-810H graded.
Samsung Galaxy Watch6 is available in Graphite (both sizes), Silver (44 mm only), and Gold (40 mm only). Prices begin from £289/$299 and reach £369/$329 for the LTE-supporting larger wearable. Samsung Galaxy Watch6 Classic is selling in Black and Silver. The most affordable version is £369/$399, and the cost can go up to £459/$429.
Pre-orders are starting today, July 26, and the watches will be available on August 11.
We've got the opportunity to spend some hands-on time with the brand-new Galaxy Watch6 series and you can check out our impressions here.
And yet they were not able to or didn't want to put inside a big battery. As a Samsung fan, they can keep this fail for themselves. Hard pass.