Galaxy Watch 4 Classic vs Galaxy Watch 3: What Are the Differences?

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 Variants

A couple of weeks back, Samsung unveiled its next-generation smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch 4, alongside other devices in the Galaxy family. The new Galaxy Watch 4 is coming in to replace the Galaxy Watch 3 Samsung released a year ago. There are plenty of differences between the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic and its predecessor, the Galaxy Watch 3. And in this article, we will be taking a look at their differences.

But before we get to it, you should know that Samsung made some tweaks to the names of its smartwatches. During its last Unpacked event, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. Samsung abandoned the “Active” moniker, and subsequent smartwatches in that series will be called “Galaxy Watch4“. The successor to the Galaxy Watch 3 will be called the “Galaxy Watch4 Classic“ and will come with a bezel, just like the Galaxy Watch 3.

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Galaxy Watch 4 Classic vs Galaxy Watch 3

Specs Comparison

Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 ClassicSamsung Galaxy Watch 3
Display46mm: 1.36-inch Super AMOLED, 450 x 450 resolution
330 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass with DX

42mm: 1.19-inch Super AMOLED, 396 x 396 resolution
330ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass with DX
45mm: 1.4-inch AMOLED, 360 x 360 resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass with DX

41mm: 1.2-inch AMOLED
360 x 360 resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass with DX
Dimensions and weight46mm: 45.5 x 45.5 x 11mm
52g
42mm:
41.5 x 41.5 x 11.2mm, 46.5g
45mm: 45 x 46.2 x 11.1mm
53.8g (stainless steel), 43g (titanium).
41mm: 41 x 42.5 x 11.3mm 49.2g
ColorsBlack, Silver45mm: Mystic Black & Mystic Silver
41mm: Mystic Bronze & Mystic Silver
Battery46mm: 361mAh
42mm: 247mAh
45mm: 340mAh
41mm: 247mAh
Processor5nm Samsung Exynos W920 Dual-core 1.18GHz10nm Samsung Exynos 9110 Dual-core, 1.15GHz
RAM1.5GB1GB
Internal Storage16GB8GB
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi b/g/n
SensorsAccelerometer Barometer
Gyro
Geomagnetic Light
BioActive Sensor (heart rate) ECG BIA
Accelerometer
Barometer
Gyro
Geomagnetic Light
ECG
SoftwareWear OSTizen OS 5.5

Design

Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic

The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic features some very notable design changes from the Galaxy Watch 3. While the buttons are still located on the right edge, just like the Galaxy Watch 3, they are designed a little differently: they are flatter and more elongated. The Galaxy Watch 3, on the other hand, features circular protruding nubs.

Software

The Galaxy Watch 3 is powered by Samsung’s own operating system, Tizen OS. However, Samsung has now partnered with Google and all of Samsung’s smartwatches, including the Galaxy Watch 4, are now powered by Google’s Wear OS. The importance of this upgrade is that the new Google OS is that it opens the door to a larger app library for Samsung smartwatch users than Tizen.

The Galaxy Watch 3 features 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage space, which we felt was more than enough for apps and offline music files, at the time. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, on the other hand, is packed with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, to cover the extra apps that’ll come with the Wear OS.

When the Galaxy Watch 3 launched a year ago, it was the premium smartwatch from Samsung and it sold for $399. The new Galaxy Watch 4 Classic starts at $350, $49 lower.