Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Bluetooth vs LTE – Which is Right For You?

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The hottest trend right now in the smartwatch industry is the release of two of the most anticipated smartwatches of 2021, the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. These two run on the new Wear OS/Tizen operating system out for the box. There is also a new Exynos W920 5nm chip which Samsung says boasts a 20% increase in CPU performance and 10x boost in GPU Performance. In other words, you’ll have access to more apps, yet awesome performance. Moreover, the new watches come with 16GB onboard storage capacity and the addition of Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) that allows you to measure your body composition. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic comes in two sizes; 42mm and 46mm size. Each of these two is also available in Bluetooth/WiFi and LTE. The LTE model is a standalone smartwatch. And in this post, we’ll be looking at the differences between Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (46mm) Bluetooth vs LTE model to help you decide which is a better smartwatch for you.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Silver color
Please note: Galaxy Watch 4 also comes in two sizes; 44mm and 40mm. Each of these two is also available in Bluetooth only and LTE model. However, this comparison chart is comparing the Bluetooth and LTE models of Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Bluetooth vs LTE: Full Specifications Compared

 
 
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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 46mm full specs

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (46mm) Full Specifications, Features, Price, Pros and Cons

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 46mm LTE full specifications

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (46mm) (LTE) Full Specifications, Features, Price, Pros and Cons

Price $379.99 $429.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (46mm) Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (46mm) (LTE)
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic/Standalone smartwatch
Gender Men Men
Release date August, 2021 August, 2021
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
Successor
Versions Bluetooth/WiFi only, LTE Bluetooth/WiFi only, LTE
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 45.5 x 45.5 x 11.0 mm 45.5 x 45.5 x 11.0 mm
Weight 52g (excluding straps) 52g (excluding straps)
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap material Fluoroelastomer Fluoroelastomer
Bezel material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap size 22 mm 22 mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass DX Corning Gorilla Glass DX
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test MIL-STD-810G MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Black, Silver Black, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.4 inches 1.4 inches
Display type Super AMOLED, Full color Super AMOLED, Full color
Display resolution 450 x 450 450 x 450
Pixel density 454.5 PPI 454.5 PPI
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
GPS A-GPS/GLONASS/Beidou/Galileo A-GPS/GLONASS/Beidou/Galileo
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 1.5GB 1.5GB
ROM 16GB 16GB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None GSM / HSPA / LTE
SIM type None e-SIM
Band No
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass Yes Yes
ECG Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) Yes Yes
Thermometer No No
Other sensors BIA sensor BIA sensor
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen Yes Yes
Blood Pressure Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Floors climbed - -
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle No No
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking
On-screen workout Yes Yes
Sport modes 90 90
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 361mAh 361mAh
Battery life ~2 days ~2 days
Charging type Charging dock, WPC based wireless charging Charging dock, WPC based wireless charging
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
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
Operating system Wear OS/Tizen Wear OS/Tizen
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Samsung Health App Samsung Health App
Compatibility Android 6.0+, RAM 1.5GB+ Android 6.0+, RAM 1.5GB+
Payment system Samsung Pay Samsung Pay
Interchangeable strap 22 mm, Yes 22 mm, Yes
Voice command Google Assistant, Yes, Bixby Google Assistant, Yes, Bixby
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, Straps Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, Straps
Price $379.99 $429.99

Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Design – Both Models Have the Same Design and Display

Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Variants
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is available in two colors; Black and Silver
Starting with the design, both Bluetooth and LTE models have the same design, display size, and dimension. It’s the same stainless steel case, same fluoroelastomer straps, and Corning Gorilla Glass DX protects the screen.
It’s also the same Super AMOLED display, as well as the presence of a physical rotating bezel, touchscreen, and two physical buttons for easy navigation. In short, there is no difference between these two as far as design is concerned.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Fitness Tracking – Its the Same Health/Fitness Tracking Features for Both Models

Both the Bluetooth and LTE models have the same health and fitness tracking features. Thus, these two will count your steps, floors climbed, calories and track your sleep, heart rate, blood oxygen, BIA, ECG, and blood pressure. You can check below to see all the health tracking features of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (46mm) Fitness Tracking Features

  • It will continuously track all the basics such as your steps, calories, distance, and floors climbed.
  • Comprehensively tracks your sleep in four stages; light, deep, awake, and REM.
  • Comprehensively tracks your heart rate continuously, and will show your average, maximum and resting heart rate.
  • Allows you to measure your stress level and can help you manage stress via guided breathing sessions.
  • There is an electrical heart sensor that will allow you to take ECG tracking for irregular heart rhythms and can help you detect atrial fibrillations.
  • Features blood pressure monitoring that allows you to easily measure your blood pressure directly from the watch. You must calibrate the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic with a traditional cuff to get the best result. You will need to install the Samsung Health Monitor app to do this.
  • There are about 90 preset workout modes for you to choose from with the ability to auto-detect and track 7 of these.
  • It features Spo2 measurement, a feature that allows you to measure your blood oxygen directly from the watch.
  • Features incidental fall detection that will call preset emergency contacts when the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic detects a hard fall. It also features an SOS emergency feature that allows you to set emergency contacts the watch will auto-call when you press the home button three times. It will also send messages to a preset emergency contact with your location.
  • Tracks your fitness level and shows your VO2 Max. after working out outdoors.
  • There is a handwashing app that will remind you to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds.
  • New: Features Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) that will allow you to measure your body composition. It will measure your body fat, body water, skeletal muscle mass, and BMI.

You should note that for now, BIA, ECG, and blood pressure monitoring may not work with your smart.

Difference Between Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Bluetooth and LTE

 Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Bluetooth/WiFiGalaxy Watch 4 Classic LTE
Price46mm: $379.99
42mm: $349.99
46mm: $429.99
42mm: $399.99
eSIMNoYes
Make and receive callsYes
(phone must be nearby)
Yes
(independent of phone)
Send and receive text messagesYes
(phone must be nearby)
Yes
(independent of phone)
Install appsYes
(phone must be nearby)
Yes
(independent of phone)
Battery lifeUp to 2 days1 Day+ with LTE enabled
This is where the difference between the Bluetooth and LTE models exists. The LTE model comes with an eSIM that enables cellular connectivity. This makes it a standalone smartwatch that can make and receive calls independent of a smartphone. Unlike, the Bluetooth model which will require you to have your phone nearby before you can be able to make and receive calls.

It doesn’t just stop at making calls, the LTE model can also install apps or you can browse the Internet independently especially where WiFi is available. In other words, the LTE model gives you freedom from your phone but it will cost you more.

Before you decide to buy the LTE model, you want to be sure you are buying the right model for your region. There are fo LTE models; SM-895, SM-895U, SM-885U, SM-895F, SM-885F, SM-895N, and SM-885N. The first two are for the US.

The price also differs, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 46mm Bluetooth/WiFi will cost you $379.99 and the 42mm Bluetooth/WiFi will cost you $349.99. The 46mm LTE model is priced at $429.99 while the 42mm LTE model is priced at $399.99.

Although the battery capacity of both models is the same, it’s expected that when LTE is enabled on the LTE model, it’ll have a shorter battery life than the Bluetooth model.

Other Features are Also the Same for Both Models

Beyond these, both the Bluetooth and LTE model come with a 16GB storage capacity that allows you to store more of your favorite tracks, you will also get access to more of your favorite music streaming services like Spotify and more.
There is Samsung pay that allows you to make payments directly from both models. And you can also manage call, SMS, and app notifications effortlessly. The battery capacity is the same for both smartwatches. So, you can expect about the same battery life. However, with LTE enabled, the LTE model will definitely have a shorter battery life compared to the Bluetooth model.

Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Bluetooth or LTE – Which is Right For You

The simple answer, if you want to stay connected at all times without having to carry your phone along, the LTE model is a great choice. Although, it will cost you more. You also have to factor in the cost of data connectivity. If you’re okay with these additional costs, then you can go for the LTE model. Be sure to check which model is supported in your country and the supported service provider. You should check with your service provider if your smartphone plan covers that of the watch.

On the other hand, Bluetooth/WiFi model is a popular choice among Samsung fans. It has every feature present in the LTE model but will require your phone for functions that require cellular connectivity. Since last year, I have been using the Galaxy Watch 3 Bluetooth model, and I can say it has been an amazing smartwatch. I could make and receive calls but my phone must be nearby. Moreover, the Bluetooth model is cheaper.

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