Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: what we want
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is a great smartwatch that sits at the top of our leaderboard, so we're certainly excited to see what Samsung does next. The company is almost certainly already hard at work on the Galaxy Watch 4, so hopefully we're not will have to wait a long time to find out about it.
As soon as leaks and rumors come out, you'll find them all below, but in the meantime, you can check out our wishlist of all the major improvements we'd like to see in the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.
As you'll see below, there's a lot of room for improvement in Samsung's next smartwatch, from features that actually work on day one to better app experiences.
We also have an educated guess as to when we'll see the Galaxy Watch 4 and how much it might cost.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: in brief
- What is it about? Towards the next high-end smartwatch from Samsung
- When will it be released? Maybe in August
- How much will it cost? We're not sure, but probably a lot
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: release date and price
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 was announced on August 21, 2020. Galaxy Watch 2 did not exist, but Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 was introduced on August 5, 2019, and the original Samsung Galaxy Watch was introduced on August 9, 2018.
With all of this in mind, it's highly likely that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 will be announced this August, though there's still no rumored release date so we can't be sure.
Whenever it's unveiled, it'll likely be another two weeks or so before it actually hits the market. So don't expect the Galaxy Watch 4 to be on your wrist until the end of August.
There are still no rumors about how much the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 might cost, but it should be similar to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, which costs €418 for the smaller 41mm model and €447 for the larger 45mm model. in both cases, if you need an LTE connection.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: news and leaks
So far, there have been no real leaks about the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, but as soon as we hear something, we will add it to this article.
However, there are a few things we can predict. Based on previous models, it is likely that the Galaxy Watch 4 will be available in two different sizes, will come with LTE as an option, and will always come with a heart rate monitor, ECG, GPS, and a round AMOLED screen.
In addition, it will almost certainly work with Tizen and will have a number of features for training and activity tracking, as well as the ability to swim.
There are rumors that a future Samsung Galaxy smartwatch will include a blood sugar glucometer. It is not clear if this applies to the Galaxy Watch 4 or Galaxy Watch Active 3, or both.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: what we want
As good as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is, there's always room for improvement, and we think Samsung's best place to start is with these five things.
1. Better battery life
Battery life is a problem with many smart devices, and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is no exception. While its battery life isn't terrible, it needs to be charged every two to three days in our tests.
To make matters worse, the size of the battery and the life it provides is a step backwards from the original Samsung Galaxy Watch, so we want to see the return of form for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 with one battery that lasts four to five. days between charges.
It may not be easy to keep a thin wearable device, but if one company can do it, it will use the resources of Samsung.
2. Lower price
With a starting price of €418 and €459 for the 45mm model with LTE, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 isn't cheap at all. In fact, its starting price is higher than the Apple Watch 6 in many regions, which seems excessive.
So we wish the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 had a lower starting price, perhaps more in line with the original Galaxy Watch, which started at €289. At the very least, we hope Samsung doesn't raise the price again.
3. ECG and SpO2 are available directly from the factory.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 contains many health features, including an ECG (electrocardiogram), blood pressure monitor, and SpO2 monitor for sleep apnea detection, but none of these features were available in all regions at launch.
This is because in most countries these features must be certified by the regulators before they can be enabled there, but it was a shame to have a premium product where many of the advertised features didn't work at first.
So in the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, we wish these features were still available, but we want them all to be active everywhere on day one.
4. More applications
For Galaxy Watch wearables, Samsung opted for Tizen over Wear OS. That's not bad, since Tizen has a lot of effort, but in one area it struggles even more than Google's smartwatch operating system in apps.
Not only does it have a limited number of apps, it also lacks some of the most useful smartwatch apps like Google Maps.
We would be happy if this situation improved in some way with the Galaxy Watch 4, whether it be encouraging Samsung developers to develop more apps for the device, or creating more and better apps to compensate for missing apps.
5. New chipset and more RAM.
Smartwatch specifications don't evolve as fast as smartphones, so the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 uses the same chipset as the original Galaxy Watch. What's more, it also has less RAM (only 1GB) than LTE- versions of the first Samsung Galaxy Watch.
Despite the high performance, it's definitely time for Samsung to improve both the chipset and the RAM situation, which is why we need a new one of the first and at least 1.5 GB of the second in the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.
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