Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 returns with rotating bezel.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 returns with rotating bezel.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6: The Return of the Bezel

Samsung has once again captured the hearts of smartwatch enthusiasts with the launch of the Galaxy Watch 6 series. This year, Samsung brings back a fan-favorite feature – the physical rotating bezel. The bezel is a flagship design feature that has been synonymous with the Galaxy Watch line since its inception, setting it apart from other smartwatches. Its return on the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic is a welcomed addition for users who missed the satisfying click and navigation experience that the bezel provides.

The Galaxy Watch 6 series, consisting of the aluminum Galaxy Watch 6 and stainless steel Galaxy Watch 6 Classic, was announced alongside other Samsung devices, including the Galaxy Z Fold 5, Z Flip 5, and Tab S9 tablet, at the Galaxy Unpacked event in Seoul.

A Pivotal Time for Android Smartwatches

The Galaxy Watch 6 series arrives at an exciting time for Android smartwatches, with increasing competition in the market. Last year, Google’s Pixel Watch made its debut, offering a sleek design and impressive fitness tracking capabilities. Additionally, the Ticwatch Pro 5 boasts exceptional battery life and a lower price point compared to the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic. While the Galaxy Watch 6 series is exclusively for Android users, its introduction adds to the ever-growing options available to consumers.

The Bezel is Back – Enhanced Features and Design

The rotating bezel on the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic serves as a physical navigation ring around the screen. Users can switch between menus and change settings using both the bezel and touchscreen. The satisfying click and tactile feedback offer a unique and enjoyable user experience. Although the bezel does not introduce any new functionality, its return on the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic is a nostalgic nod to the original design loved by many.

Both sizes of the Galaxy Watch 6 feature slightly larger and higher resolution screens compared to the previous Galaxy Watch 5. The 40mm Watch 6 and 43mm Classic have 1.3-inch displays, while the 44mm Watch 6 and 47mm Classic have 1.5-inch displays. These screens are twice as bright as last year’s models, with an added always-on brightness adjustment for better visibility in sunlight.

Furthermore, the Galaxy Watch 6 series is equipped with Samsung’s own Exynos W930 processor, an upgrade from the previous models. With improved performance and a sleek design, the Galaxy Watch 6 series offers a compelling choice for smartwatch enthusiasts.

Pricing and Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 starts at $300 for the smaller 40mm size and $330 for the larger 44mm size – $20 more than the base price of the Galaxy Watch 5. The Galaxy Watch 6 Classic starts at $400 for the smaller size and $430 for the larger size. Samsung also offers trade-in discounts of up to $250 and fabric bands for preorders through their direct sales channels.

Samsung claims that all versions of the Galaxy Watch 6 series should have similar battery life, lasting up to 40 hours with the always-on display off and 30 hours with it on. The larger 44mm and 47mm models have a battery capacity of 425 mAh, while the smaller 40mm and 43mm models have a capacity of 300 mAh – slightly larger than the previous Galaxy Watch 5 series.

New Features and Compatibility

The Galaxy Watch 6 series boasts several new features and improvements. Some of these include:

  • Irregular heart rate notifications
  • New track run workout type and custom workout creation
  • Smart Things Find, enabling the watch to locate a phone even when not connected
  • Standalone setup for business users without a phone
  • Seamless transfer to a new phone without resetting the watch
  • Physical watch buttons made from recycled plastic
  • New watch bands, including fabric, redesigned Milanese loop and extreme sports band, and a hybrid eco band made from industrial corn

In addition to these features, the Galaxy Watch 6 series shares the same sensor configuration as the Watch 5 series, including heart rate, skin temperature, and bioimpedance sensors. Powered by WearOS 4, the operating system co-designed by Samsung and Google, the Galaxy Watch 6 series offers enhanced sleep monitoring, personalized heart rate zones during workouts, and an SOS update to send location data to emergency services.

When paired with Samsung’s Z Fold 5 or Z Flip 5, the Galaxy Watch 6 allows users to control photo and video recording through Flex mode, providing convenient camera app access and controls directly from the wrist.

Galaxy Watch 6 vs. Galaxy Watch 6 Classic

For users considering the Galaxy Watch 6 series, here’s a comparison of the key specifications for both models:

Specification Galaxy Watch 6 Galaxy Watch 6 Classic
Shape Round Round
Watch Size 40mm, 44mm 43mm, 47mm
Materials/Finishes Aluminum Stainless Steel
Display size, resolution 40mm: 1.3 inch, 432 x 432 pixels; 44mm: 1.5 inch, 480 x 480 pixels 43mm: 1.3 inch, 432 x 432 pixels; 47mm: 1.5 inch, 480 x 480 pixels
Dimensions 40mm: 38.8 x 40.4 x 9.0 mm; 44mm: 42.8 x 44.4 x 9.0 mm 43mm: 42.5 x 42.5 x 10.9 mm; 47mm: 46.5 x 46.5 x 10.9 mm
Weight 40mm: 28.7g; 44mm: 33.3g 43mm: 52g; 47mm: 59g
Colors 40mm: graphite, gold; 44mm: graphite, silver 43mm: black, silver; 47mm: black, silver
Always On Yes Yes
Interchangeable bands Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Automatic workout detection Yes (running, walking, rowing)
Compass Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Water resistance 5ATM, IP68 5ATM, IP68
Calls Yes Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Speaker Yes Yes
Voice assistant Yes (Google Assistant, Bixby) Yes (Google Assistant, Bixby)
Mobile Payments Yes (Samsung Wallet) Yes (Samsung Wallet)
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 Optical heart rate + electrical heart signal + bioelectrical impedance analysis, temperature sensor, accelerometer, barometer, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor, light sensor
Emergency Features Emergency SOS, fall detection Emergency SOS, fall detection
Compatibility Android 10 and above Android 10 and above
Software WearOS 4 WearOS 4
Processor Exynos W930 dual-core 1.4GHz Exynos W930 dual-core 1.4GHz
Connectivity LTE6, Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi 2.4+5GHz, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo LTE6, Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi 2.4+5GHz, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo
Memory and storage 2GB memory + 16GB storage 2GB memory + 16GB storage
Charging Fast charging (WPC-based wireless charging) Fast charging (WPC-based wireless charging)

In conclusion, the Galaxy Watch 6 series brings back the beloved physical rotating bezel, enhancing the overall user experience. With improved features, larger screens, and upgraded processors, these smartwatches offer a compelling option for Android users looking for a stylish and functional wearable device. Whether it’s the Galaxy Watch 6 or the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic, Samsung continues to innovate in the smartwatch industry, catering to the diverse needs and preferences of consumers.

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Galaxy Watch 6 sleep monitoring feature