Exploring the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 in Singapore: Is an Upgrade Worth It?
Let’s delve into the enhancements and new features that set the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 apart from its predecessor, the Galaxy Watch 5. Are these improvements compelling enough to justify an upgrade? Join us as we compare the key differences between these two models.
Galaxy Watch 6 vs. Galaxy Watch 5: Unveiling the Distinctions
Subtle Design Tweaks:
Upon first glance, the Galaxy Watch 6 bears a striking resemblance to its predecessor, the Galaxy Watch 5. However, a discerning eye will notice a few notable distinctions that distinguish the two.
Slightly More Compact Build:
Though not immediately apparent, the Galaxy Watch 6 boasts a slightly slimmer profile, making it an appealing update.
Both models offer two size options: 40mm and 44mm. The 40mm variant suits individuals with smaller wrists, while the 44mm version accommodates medium and larger wrists. By adopting smaller bezels, the Galaxy Watch 6 presents larger screens for both sizes.
Enhanced Durability with Sapphire Glass:
An advantage inherited from the Galaxy Watch 5 is the presence of sapphire glass on both the front and back surfaces. This durable material provides improved scratch resistance compared to standard toughened glass.
Convenient One-Click Bands:
The Galaxy Watch 6 introduces a noteworthy improvement in the form of one-click bands. Swapping bands is now a breeze, thanks to a button on the underside of the band that allows easy detachment and reattachment. With a broader selection of bands available, users can personalize their timepiece to match their style.
Software & Features:
Both the Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 5 operate on Google’s Wear OS platform, bringing increased developer support and enhanced experiences for Android watch users. Both watches feature a digital bezel function, enabling navigation by running a finger along the edge of the watch.
Heart rate monitoring, workout tracking, sleep tracking, blood oxygen measurements, and an ECG function are standard features offered by both models. Additionally, the Galaxy Watch 6 introduces several new software features, including improved sleep tracking, fall detection, and irregular heart rhythm detection, all accessible on both watches.
Battery and Charging:
With slightly larger batteries, the Galaxy Watch 6 experiences a modest improvement in battery life. The 40mm version sees a nearly 6% boost in capacity, while the 44mm model enjoys a 3.6% increase. Despite these enhancements, the always-on screen function may still require overnight charging for most users. Charging speeds remain consistent, taking nearly two hours for a full charge or around 40% in just half an hour.
Models and Prices:
Samsung continues its tradition of offering Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Cellular (LTE) models for both the Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 5. However, the Watch 6 bears a slightly higher price tag. In Singapore, the current pricing for the Galaxy Watch 6 stands at $488 for the 40mm Bluetooth version and $498 for the 44mm Bluetooth variant.
Voice Calls and Haptics:
Both models support voice calls, though the Galaxy Watch 6’s call quality is still awaiting thorough evaluation. More information regarding this aspect will be available towards the end of July.
The Galaxy Watch 6 presents a mix of incremental updates and significant improvements. While its design closely resembles that of the Galaxy Watch 5, the slimmer bezel and larger screen contribute to a more satisfying user experience. The introduction of one-click bands adds an exciting element of customization. Although existing Galaxy Watch 5 users may not find compelling reasons to upgrade, those with older models will undoubtedly appreciate the advancements in Samsung’s latest smartwatch generation.
GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
4G bands LTE
Speed HSPA, LTE
Dimensions 42.8 x 44.4 x 9 mm (1.69 x 1.75 x 0.35 in)
Weight 33.3 g (44mm), 28.7 g (40mm) (1.02 oz)
Build Glass front (Sapphire crystal), aluminum frame
50m water resistant (IP68)
Blood pressure monitor
*does not guarantee ruggedness or use in extreme conditions
Type Super AMOLED
Size 1.5 inches
Resolution 480 x 480 pixels (~453 ppi density)
Protection Sapphire crystal
OS Android Wear OS 4, One UI Watch 5
Chipset Exynos W930 (5 nm)
CPU Dual-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A55
Card slot No
Internal 16GB 2GB RAM
3.5mm jack No
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.3, A2DP, LE
Positioning GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, compass, heart rate, barometer, thermometer (skin temperature)
Natural language commands and dictation
Type Li-Ion 425 mAh, non-removable
Charging 10W wireless (Qi)
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