The Galaxy Watch 4 series consists of the Galaxy Watch 4 which succeeds Galaxy Watch Active 2 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic that succeeds Galaxy Watch 3. While the Galaxy Watch 4 is available in 44mm and 40mm, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is available in 46mm and 42mm. All sizes are available in Bluetooth and LTE models, and in this post, we will be looking at the difference between the Galaxy Watch 4 Bluetooth vs LTE model.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Bluetooth vs LTE Full Technical Specifications Comparison
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm) Full Specifications and Features
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm) (LTE) Full Specifications and Features
|ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE|
|Device name||Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm)||(LTE), Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm)|
|Device type||Fitness/Sport smartwatch||Standalone/Fitness smartwatch|
|Predecessor||Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2||Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2|
|Models||Bluetooth only, LTE||Bluetooth only, LTE|
|Date released||August, 2021||August, 2021|
|Display size||1.4 inches||1.4 inches|
|Display type||Super AMOLED, Full color||Super AMOLED, Full color|
|Resolution||450 x 450 pixels||450 x 450 pixels|
|Pixel density||455 PPI||455 PPI|
|Input type||2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen||2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen|
|Strap material||Fluoroelastomer||Fluoroelastomer, Hybrid leather|
|Bezel material||Corning Gorilla Glass DX+||Corning Gorilla Glass DX+|
|Strap size||22 mm||22 mm|
|Color||Black, Green, Silver||Black, Green, Silver|
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla Glass DX||Corning Gorilla Glass DX|
|Dimension||44.4 x 43.3 x 9.8 mm||44.4 x 43.3 x 9.8 mm|
|Weight||30 grams||30 grams|
|Waterproof rating||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, 5ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v5.0||Bluetooth v5.0|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4+5GHz)||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4+5GHz)|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY|
|Network technology||None||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|GPS||Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU||Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU|
|HEALTH & FITNESS TRACKING||HEALTH & FITNESS TRACKING||HEALTH & FITNESS TRACKING|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Preloaded sport modes||90+||90+|
|Battery type||Non-removable Li-ion battery||Non-removable Li-ion battery|
|Battery life||Regular: 2 days, Standby :5 days+||Regular: 2 days, Standby :5 days+|
|Charging type||WPC based wireless charging||WPC based wireless charging|
|Charging duration||30mins – 1hr||30mins – 1hr|
|Operating system||Wear OS 3||Wear OS 3|
|Chipset||Exynos W920||Exynos W920|
|CPU||1.18GHz Dual-core (Cortex-A55)||1.18GHz Dual-core (Cortex-A55)|
|GPU||Mali-G68 MP2||Mali-G68 MP2|
|Companion app||Samsung Wearable app||Samsung Wearable app|
|Compatibility||Android 6.0+||Android 6.0+|
|Payment system||Google Pay, Samsung Pay||Google Pay, Samsung Pay|
|Voice Assistant||Yes, Bixby||Yes, Bixby|
|Find my phone||Yes||Yes|
|Box content||Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Straps||Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Straps|
Galaxy Watch 4 – New Features
The Galaxy Watch 4 series received a significant boost in virtually every aspect. First was the porting from Tizen OS back to Wear OS. Secondly, the Galaxy Watch 4 is powered by a 5nm Exynos W920 chip that boosts CPU and GPU performance by up 20% and 10x respectively.
The storage capacity of the Galaxy Watch 4 has also been ramed up to 16GB. Regular features like a microphone and a loudspeaker are also present. As a result of the change in the operating system, the Galaxy Watch 4 now features Google Assistant as well as Google Pay in addition to Samsung’s Bixby and Samsung Pay.
Body composition measurement has been added to the Galaxy Watch 4. This feature will allow you to measure your body fat, body water, skeletal muscle, and BMI. Other health tracking features like ECG, blood pressure monitoring, Spo2 blood oxygen measurement, heart rate tracking, and sleep monitoring are all present on the Galaxy Watch 4.
The Galaxy Watch 4 will also allow you to manage notifications on your phone, and you can as well reply to notifications. The battery life of the Galaxy Watch 4 is about 2 days for the 44mm size and just over a day for the 40mm size.
Difference between Bluetooth vs LTE
- The LTE Model is a Standalone Smartwatch
- The LTE Model is Priced Higher
The difference between the LTE and Bluetooth models is the presence of an eSIM in the LTE model that allows you to make and receive calls, install apps and receive messages without your phone. The LTE model is a standalone smartwatch that possesses cellular capabilities. The Bluetooth model can do everything the LTE model can do, but for you to make and receive calls or receive messages, your phone must be nearby.
As a result of the standalone capabilities of the LTE model, it’s priced higher than the Bluetooth model. It will cost you more money to buy the LTE model. You will also have to pay for monthly or yearly subscriptions depending on your service provider.
- 40mm Bluetooth model cost $249.99
- 44mm Bluetooth model cost $279.99
- 40mm LTE model cost $299.99
- 44mm LTE model cost $329.99
Both the Bluetooth and LTE models of the Galaxy Watch 4 have the same battery capacity. However, when LTE is activated on the LTE model, it will have shorter battery life when compared to Bluetooth. Otherwise, it’s up to 2 days with the 44mm and just over a day with the 40mm size.
Galaxy Watch 4 – Which Model is Available in Your Region?
Before you buy the Galaxy Watch 4 LTE model, endeavor to confirm which LTE model is supported in your country. There are three LTE models for both the 40mm and 44mm sizes.
Galaxy Watch 4 LTE Models
- 44mm: SM-875U, SM-875F, SM-875N
- 40mm: SM-865U, SM-865F, SM-865N
The SM-875U and SM865U are the supported models in the US with AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and US cellular as supported carriers.
How Does The LTE Model Work?
The Galaxy Watch 4 LTE model comes with an eSIM, as a result, you are not required to insert any SIM as it has an embedded SIM already. A number is assigned to the eSIM which can be activated from the Galaxy Wearable app. And if you feel you no longer want a particular network, you can simply deactivate it.
Different carriers have different plans and prices. So, contact your service provider to be sure what plans are available for the Galaxy Watch 4. For instance, AT&T, US Cellular, T-mobile, and Verizon are supported in the US.
Bluetooth or LTE Model – Which Should You Buy?
Even though the LTE model is a more comprehensive smartwatch than the Bluetooth model, the Bluetooth model is a far more popular choice among consumers. It’s cheaper and has the same features like the LTE model except that you must carry your phone along if you wish to make and receive calls from the watch.
On the other hand, the LTE model is a standalone smartwatch that gives you some freedom from your phone. It can make and receive calls and will also allow you to install apps and receive messages independent of a smartphone. However, it’ll cost you more money.
Galaxy Watch 4 Prices