New leaked images confirm massive design change

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Everything you need to know about the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic ahead of Samsung’s official announcement.

Mark your calendars folks, the August Samsung Unpacked event is happening next week so it won’t be long now until the company gives us all our first official look at the Galaxy Watch 4 range of wearables. At this point it feels like the Galaxy Watch 4 (and indeed, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic) might be the tech industry’s worst kept secret, particularly in the face of the most recent round of leaks.

Even though an official unveiling is just around the corner, an image of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic in the wild has surfaced online, giving us one of the best opportunities yet to see the watch’s design and confirm one massive change that could have previous Galaxy Watch owners feeling a bit hard done by. Keep reading on to find out what that is, and feel free to take a look at the rest of our Galaxy Watch 4 rumours round-up whilst you’re at it.

For the first time ever, we’ve now got a look at the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic in the flesh courtesy of some leaked photos published by 91mobiles. These photos match up with the product shots that previously appeared on Amazon Canada (see further below), showing the return of Samsung’s beloved rotating bezel, as well as the numbering etched into the watch’s front-facing chassis.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic

The major change here however is something that you might not notice at all upon first glance, but if you take a closer look at the watch strap then you might spot what I’m hinting at. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic will use a proprietary watch strap that is designed specifically to fit around the wearable’s chassis. If you have a collection of 20mm or 22mm watch straps from previous Galaxy Watches then unfortunately you won’t be able to use them here, so you might want to sell them on before picking up the Galaxy Watch 4.

Both the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch Classic made an early appearance on Amazon Canada back in July, giving us a decent idea of what both watches might look like. While both are gone now, GSMArena caught the listings before they were taken down.

The Galaxy Watch 4 looks similar to the Galaxy Watch Active 2, while the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic features a larger body with a rotating bezel that is absent on the Watch 4.

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Galaxy Watch 4
Galaxy Watch 4. Image: Amazon Canada (via GSMArena)

This matches a leak we saw previously from Android Headlines which showed off the rotating bezel that has become a staple of Galaxy smartwatches. Android Headlines also hinted at three colours: white, grey and black, with chassis’ available in silver and black, while a report by Giznext has hinted at black, silver, green and gold shades for the Galaxy Watch 4.

However, the Android Headlines report also mentions a 44mm Classic which wasn’t mentioned in the Amazon Canada leak.

Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. Image: Amazon Canada (via GSMArena)

According to the Amazon Canada listings, the Galaxy Watch 4 will be made of aluminium and come in 40mm and 44mm sizes, while the Classic will be available in 42mm and 46mm sizes and feature a stainless steel body.

The smaller versions of each watch will have 1.19-inch displays and the larger models have 1.36-inch ones. According to the Android Headlines report, the Classic’s screen will be protected by Gorilla Glass DX, while the Watch 4 will include the softer Gorilla Glass DX+.

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The Galaxy Watch 4 also made a recent appearance in a video posted on Samsung’s official YouTube channel.

The video, titled ‘Voices of Galaxy’ (and spotted by SamMobile) offers a glimpse of what looks to be the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic with a silver rotating bezel and flat side buttons. The watch also includes a leather strap, suggesting Samsung might sell those alongside the silicone options we’ve seen in other leaks.

SamMobile has been a major source of Galaxy Watch 4 leaks over the last few months, and the site’s just dropped another juicy tidbit into our laps. The latest leak shows a glimpse at how One UI operates on both versions of the Galaxy Watch 4. The most immediate thing of note is how different the watch face collection is between the two wearables.

As shown in the tweet above, the Galaxy Watch 4 features a bunch of colourful watch faces packed with large scale numbers and eye-catching complications. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic on the other hand, as one might expect, appears to be put a greater emphasis on refined designs that wouldn’t look out of place on traditional timepieces.

The leaked videos also briefly hint as a revamped Google Maps experience which, to date, has been a tad lacklustre on Wear OS watches. It’s also possible to briefly spot the app tray, which follows an icon-led design as opposed to the typical list-based approach that’s currently used.

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According to SamMobile, the Galaxy Watch 4 will pack a brand new Exynos chip that could offer a substantial boost in performance.

The Exynos W920 is expected to power both the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, offering better performance than the Exynos 9110 found in the Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Galaxy Watch 3.

This includes 1.25x faster processing and 8.8x smoothing graphics. The watch will also come with 1.5GB of RAM – 0.5GB more than the 1GB found on the Galaxy Watch 3.

SamMobile also claims the two watches will pack 16GB of storage – twice that found in the Galaxy Watch 3. This is good news considering the new OS is set to download the smartwatch version of any Android apps you have downloaded onto the watch automatically.

According to the Amazon Canada leak, both watches will also reportedly take advantage of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and possibly LTE – though the latter isn’t mentioned in the listing. Both watches also include a list of health features, including Body Composition Analysis, Advanced Sleep, VO2 Max, Blood Oxygen Monitoring and Heart Rate Monitoring.

After a good amount of speculation, Samsung finally announced the existence of One UI at MWC 2021 – the new operating system that will debut on the Galaxy Watch 4. Made in partnership with Google, One UI will move over to using the Google Play Store as opposed to the Galaxy Store for downloading watch apps – giving users a wider variety of choice thanks to the larger Wear OS app library.

Samsung also touted some of the benefits that One UI will bring to the table. Most notably, apps will now load up to 30% faster than before, and if an Android app you’ve downloaded to your phone also has a One UI counterpart, then that will be automatically downloaded to your watch as well.

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By condensing the size of the internal cores, the Galaxy Watch 4 will feature a better optimised battery, one will allow for continuous heart rate monitoring throughout the day. This is a huge improvement as it’ll provide users with more accurate health and heart rate data.

One UI will also open up the ability for developers to easily make their own watch faces, which should allow for increased collaboration with fashion brands and more options for users.

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It’s looking likely we’ll see the Galaxy Watch 4 launch on August 11.

Samsung recently confirmed that this summer’s Galaxy Unpacked event would take place on August 11 at 3pm BST. While there’s no mention of the watch in the invitation, the date had previously been hinted at by Evan Blass who attached images of the rumoured smartwatches in a Twitter thread below the date.

Furthermore, the Amazon Canada leak quoted a release date of August 27 2021, which would make sense if the watch is announced two weeks ahead of time.

If you’re interesting in catching the announcements live, you can pre-register for the event now on Samsung’s website, or visit Trusted Reviews on August 11 to catch all the latest announcements as they take place.

The Amazon Canada leak also included pricing information. If the listings are correct, the 40mm Galaxy Watch 4 will cost CAD $310 (around £178) and the 44mm model will cost CAD $347 (around £199).

Meanwhile, the 42mm Galaxy Watch 4 Classic will cost CAD $428 (around £246), while the 46mm version will cost CAD $464 (around £267).

If this is accurate, both watches could be more affordable than the £399 Galaxy Watch 3 was at launch.

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