Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 vs. Galaxy Watch 5 upgrade or not? | ENBLE

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 vs. Galaxy Watch 5 upgrade or not? | ENBLE

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 vs. Galaxy Watch 5: A Comprehensive Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6

Samsung is once again stepping up its game with the Galaxy Watch 6, a new addition to its line of smartwatches that aims to challenge the dominance of the Apple Watch. While the design may not be a groundbreaking departure from its predecessor, the changes and upgrades packed into the Galaxy Watch 6 are definitely meaningful.

Design and Appearance

At first glance, the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 6 may appear identical, with their round metallic chassis and curved arms. However, there are a couple of notable differences. The bezels on the Galaxy Watch 6 are slimmer, allowing for a slightly larger display without increasing the overall size of the watch. Additionally, the Galaxy Watch 6 introduces a new gold color option, although the overall color choices are more limited compared to the Galaxy Watch 5.

Winner: Tie

Display

The Galaxy Watch 6 offers an improved display compared to its predecessor. Thanks to slimmer bezels, the active display area has increased by up to 20%, resulting in a larger and more immersive viewing experience. The resolution has also been bumped up, with the 44mm variant of the Galaxy Watch 6 offering a higher resolution compared to the Galaxy Watch 5.

However, the most significant upgrade is the brightness. The Galaxy Watch 6 boasts a brightness of up to 2,000 units, double that of the Galaxy Watch 5. This means that the new watch will be easier to use outdoors in bright sunlight, without worrying about glare or reflections hindering visibility.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Watch 6

Internal Hardware

When it comes to internal hardware, the Galaxy Watch 6 outshines its predecessor. It features a faster dual-core processor and an increased RAM capacity, resulting in improved performance and smoother multitasking. The Galaxy Watch 6 also introduces Bluetooth v5.3 support, offering enhanced connectivity compared to the Galaxy Watch 5’s older Bluetooth v5.2 standard.

In terms of sensors and health tracking capabilities, both watches offer a variety of essential sensors. These include a temperature sensor, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor, and light sensor. Both watches also feature Samsung’s custom BioActive sensor for advanced health tracking.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Watch 6

Battery Life

While the Galaxy Watch 6 boasts a larger battery compared to the Galaxy Watch 5, the increase in capacity doesn’t necessarily translate to a significant improvement in battery life. Samsung estimates that the Galaxy Watch 6 will offer a similar battery life to its predecessor, despite the more powerful processor and larger display. This suggests that the additional power requirements of the new features offset the benefits of the larger battery.

Winner: Tie

Health Sensing

In terms of health sensing capabilities, both the Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 5 offer a wide range of features. Both watches support sleep tracking, heart rate measurement, fall detection, temperature sensing, blood oxygen saturation analysis, stress level assessment, blood pressure monitoring, sweat loss measurement, and ECG measurement.

However, the Galaxy Watch 6 introduces some new features and enhancements. It includes a sleep score analysis system that provides detailed insights into sleep quality, as well as features like sleep consistency monitoring and personalized heart rate zones for fitness tracking. The Galaxy Watch 6 also offers comprehensive coaching and guidance to improve sleep habits and maintain exercise routines.

Winner: Tie

Price and Availability

The Galaxy Watch 5 is currently available for purchase, with prices starting at $280 for the 40mm variant without cellular connectivity. The LTE version of the Galaxy Watch 5 has a base price of $330. The Galaxy Watch 6 is available for pre-order with prices starting at $300 for the Bluetooth-only version and $350 for the LTE-ready variant.

Overall Winner: Samsung Galaxy Watch 6

In conclusion, the Galaxy Watch 6 may not appear drastically different from its predecessor, but it comes packed with meaningful upgrades and improvements. With a brighter display, faster processor, and enhanced health tracking features, the Galaxy Watch 6 offers a better overall experience. However, if you already own a Galaxy Watch 5 and are satisfied with its performance, there may not be a pressing need to upgrade. Ultimately, the decision to upgrade to the Galaxy Watch 6 depends on individual preferences and needs.

Images: 1. Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 (left) and Galaxy Watch 5 (Credit: Joe Maring / ENBLE) 2. Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 (Credit: Andrew Martonik / ENBLE) 3. Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (Credit: Andy Boxall / ENBLE) 4. Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 (Credit: Andrew Martonik / ENBLE) 5. Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (Credit: Joe Maring / ENBLE) 6. Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 (Credit: Joe Maring / ENBLE)

Sources: Digital Trends