Comparison Galaxy Watch 6 vs. Apple Watch Series 8

Comparison Galaxy Watch 6 vs. Apple Watch Series 8

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Takes on Apple Watch Series 8: A Specs and Price Comparison

Samsung’s latest Galaxy Watch 6 was unveiled at Wednesday’s Galaxy Unpacked event, aiming to rival the industry-leading Apple Watch Series 8. Both of these smartwatches boast a wide array of features that track health and fitness, as well as facilitate digital communication. In this article, we will delve into the differences in specifications and pricing between these two flagship devices.

Aesthetics and Design

The most apparent difference in physical appearance is that Samsung utilizes a round face for its Galaxy Watch 6, while Apple maintains its familiar square shape. However, both watches are available in two sizes, with only a one-millimeter variance, making it challenging to differentiate on this front. On the construction side, both watches are waterproof up to around 50 meters (approximately 165 feet). Additionally, they feature aluminum builds and offer interchangeable bands, allowing users to customize their watch’s look to their liking.

Features and Functionality

When it comes to features, the Galaxy Watch 6 and the Apple Watch Series 8 are closely matched. Both watches offer GPS tracking, heart-rate sensing, fall detection, sleep tracking, and automatic workout detection. Furthermore, they provide contactless payment options through Samsung Pay or Apple Pay, ensuring secure and convenient transactions. However, there are a couple of notable differences. The Galaxy Watch 6 offers 16GB of onboard storage for locally saving songs, while the Apple Watch doubles that with 32GB. Moreover, Samsung claims that their watch can last up to 40 hours between charges, while Apple promises 18 hours. The real-world implications of these claims are yet to be proven.

Pricing Comparison

One significant difference between the Galaxy Watch 6 and the Apple Watch Series 8 is their price point. The Apple Watch Series 8 is priced nearly $100 higher than Samsung’s offering in both sizes. The value proposition of each watch will be more thoroughly examined in our forthcoming full review. For now, let’s take a look at a detailed comparison of the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and the Apple Watch Series 8.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 vs. Apple Watch Series 8: Specifications Comparison

Features Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Apple Watch Series 8
Shape Round Square
Watch size 40mm, 44mm 41mm, 45mm
Materials/ Finishes Aluminum Aluminum, Stainless steel, Ceramic, Sapphire glass
Display size, resolution 40mm: 1.3-inch, 432×432 Super AMOLED; 44mm: 1.5-inch, 480×480 Super AMOLED 41mm: 1.7-inch, 352×430 45mm: 1.9-inch, 396×484
Dimensions 40mm: 38.8 x 40.4 x 9.0 mm; 44mm: 42.8 x 44.4 x 9.0 mm 41mm: 41 x 35 x 10.7mm 45mm: 45 x 38 x 10.7mm
Weight 40mm: 28.7g; 44mm: 33.3g 41mm: 31.9g (aluminum, GPS) 45mm: 38.8g (aluminum, GPS)
Colors 40mm: Graphite, Gold; 44mm: Graphite, Silver Midnight, Starlight, Silver, Red
Always On Yes Yes
Interchangeable bands Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Automatic workout detection Yes (running, walking, rowing) Yes
Compass Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Water resistance 5ATM, IP68 50 meters
Calls Yes Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Speaker Yes Yes
Voice assistant Yes (Google Assistant, Bixby) Siri
Mobile Payments Yes (Samsung Wallet) Yes (Apple Pay)
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Period tracking Yes Yes
Sensors Optical Heart Rate + Electrical Heart Signal + Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis, Temperature Sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor Electrical heart sensor, Blood oxygen sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, light sensor
Emergency features Emergency SOS, fall detection Emergency SOS, fall and crash detection
Compatibility Android 10 and above iOS
Software WearOS 4 Watch OS 9
Processor Exynos W930 Dual-Core 1.4GHz Apple S8
Connectivity LTE6, Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi 2.4+5GHz, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo LTE, UMTS, Wi-Fi 2.4+5GHz, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, GPS/Glonass, Galileo, QZSS, BeiDou
Memory and storage 2GB memory + 16GB storage 1GB memory + 32GB storage
Power Faster wireless charging over USB-C Faster wireless charging over USB-C
Battery life Up to 40 hours (Always On Display off) / Up to 30 hours (Always On Display on) Up to 18 hours
Battery capacity 40mm: 300 mAh; 44mm: 425 mAh 308 mAh
US price 40mm: $300 (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth); 44mm: $330 (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) 41mm: $399 (GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) 45mm: $429 (GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth)
UK price From £289 From £419
Australian price From AU$549 From AU$629

In conclusion, both the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and the Apple Watch Series 8 offer a wide range of features, tracking capabilities, and stylish designs. While the Galaxy Watch 6 has a slightly lower price point, the Apple Watch Series 8 delivers enhanced storage and a proven reputation in the smartwatch market. It ultimately boils down to individual preferences and priorities when deciding which one to choose.