Samsung Galaxy Watch 6: Everything you need to know

    The next edition of Samsung’s flagship wristwatch is reported to be nearing completion.

    Here’s all we’ve learned so far about what the Korean conglomerate could be planned with the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6.

    When will the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 be released?

    We haven’t heard from Samsung about when the next edition of its wearable will be available, but leakers have filled in the gaps.

    In April, SamMobile speculated that the Watch 6 will be unveiled during an Unpacked event in late July, with the Galaxy Z Fold 5, Z Flip 5, and Galaxy Tab S9. Chosun, a Korean tabloid, and leaker Max Jambor have been more explicit, suggesting Samsung will have a launch event in Seoul on July 26 – and Samsung has stated that it would hold its next launch in Seoul, but has not revealed when.

    This is significantly early than expected, but it is generally in keeping with Samsung’s regular timetable, which has seen prior Galaxy Watch models arrive on time every August:

    • Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 – August 2022
    • Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 – August 2021
    • Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 – August 2020

    How much will the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 cost?

    As with the release date, no news from Samsung on the probable pricing of the Galaxy Watch 6. However, we may look at earlier generations to get a sense of what to expect.

    Here’s how the Watch generations’ basic models stacked up:

    Watch 5

    • Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (40mm) – $279/£269/€299
    • Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (44mm) – $309/£289/€329

    Watch 4

    • Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (40mm) – $249/£249/€269
    • Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm) – $279/£269/€299

    Watch 3

    • Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (41mm) – $399/£399/€429
    • Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (45mm) – $449/£439/€499

    Prices have been quite stable over time, especially after the spike that several European nations witnessed last year, so we believe that the 40mm model will remain around $300, while the bigger model will just edge over.

    Other versions that have appeared in recent years include the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. These are generally more sophisticated in terms of features or build, which may appeal to people looking for the ideal smartwatch. As you can see below, they generally have a higher price tag as well:

    • Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro – $449/£429/€429
    • Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (42mm) – $349.99/£349/€369
    • Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (46mm) – $379.99/£369/€399

    They also debuted around the same time as the main Watch models, so it’s probable that we’ll see a Pro or Classic model this year as well – and further down, you’ll discover suggestions as to which one you might anticipate.

    What new features will we see in the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6?

    There hasn’t been any official confirmation of the Galaxy Watch 6’s technological specifications, but a few rumors have already pointed to what we could expect in August.

    Return of the Classic, demise of the Pro

    This year’s major news is the possible comeback of the Watch Classic model, which was last seen with the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. This version was more sophisticated, with classic watch appearance and an actual revolving bezel.

    When the Watch 5 series was released, this was replaced with a Pro model focused for outdoor activities, with a harder build, a bigger display, and a massive battery – all with no bezel. At the time of writing, it appears that Samsung intends to bring back the bezel, albeit we’re not sure if the model will be called the Pro or Classic.

    We have a look at it at least, courtesy of OnLeaks and MySmartPrice:

    Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic/Pro OnLeaks
    Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic/Pro OnLeaks
    Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic/Pro OnLeaks
    Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic/Pro OnLeaks


    Beyond the bezel, the images don’t disclose anything new, save that there will be two physical buttons on the right side of the watch and none on the left.

    Bigger display

    Although it may not appear to be much, tech leaker Ice Universe recently stated on Twitter that the Watch 6 will have a bigger display with enhanced quality.

    The Galaxy Watch 5’s current screen size is 1.4in, therefore this is a 0.7in increase. Of course, it’s all a matter of size, and with smartwatches’ tiny displays, little changes can be more important than you might expect. You won’t be able to watch Hollywood blockbusters on your wrist, but navigating the UI may be a little easier with the extra space and higher quality.

    Ice Universe also suggested that the new watch might have a curved glass display and slimmer bezels, putting it in the same design category as the Pixel Watch.

    Bigger battery

    According to the Dutch tech blog GalaxyClub, the batteries in the Watch 6 will have somewhat bigger capacity than their predecessors. According to the leaked photos, the 40mm watch will go from 284mAh to 300mAh, while the 44mm edition will climb from 410mAh to 425mAh. It remains to be seen how this affects the amount of time you can use the Watch before it shuts down, but any boost in battery life for smartwatches is always good.

    New processor

    Not to be left out, SamMobile reports that the CPU section is set to get some love. According to the website, the Exynos W920 chip that has powered the Galaxy Watch 4 and 5 series will be updated to an Exynos W980 chip in the Galaxy Watch 6, bringing with it up to a 10% performance boost as well as more advanced health tracking functions.

    The FCC certification confirms the predictable revelation that the new watches would have at least some LTE variants, which was virtually a foregone conclusion.

    Updated tracking software

    One thing we do know is that Samsung is striving to upgrade the Watch 6’s software, and we have a good idea of what to anticipate thanks to a public beta of the next One UI 5 Watch update, which will most likely be released alongside the new hardware.

    The Verge summarized the key changes known so far, which include improved sleep tracking with a more prominent sleep score; personalised heart rate zones for exercise (rather than the standard age-based ones currently used); an extension of the Route Workout mode to cover running and walking; and an updated Emergency SOS mode that can now contact emergency services, rather than just your pre-selected emergency contact.

    Of course, Samsung will certainly adjust the watches’ tracking technology, but it’s comforting to know that changes are on the road, even if they’ll also be available to existing Watch 4 and Watch 5 customers.

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