The Galaxy Watch 4 series comes in two models; the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic which succeeds the Galaxy Watch 3 and the Galaxy Watch 4 which succeeds the Galaxy Watch Active 2. I have used it all and I can only say it keeps getting better. The respective models come in two sizes; 44mm and 40mm for the Galaxy Watch 4 and 46mm and 42mm for the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. Each of these sizes is available in Bluetooth only and LTE models. As a result of the different sizes and models, consumers have to make double decisions with respect to size and model. The first thing you should know is that the LTE and Bluetooth models have the same design and features. The only difference between these two is that the LTE model is a standalone smartwatch and is priced higher than the Bluetooth model. So, in this guide, we’re comparing the difference between the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Bluetooth vs LTE model to help you decide which of these models is right for you.
Also note that the 42mm and 46mm sizes have the same features and design except that the 46mm is bigger, priced higher, and has a longer battery.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Bluetooth vs LTE: Full Specifications Compared
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (46mm) Full Specifications, Features, Price, Pros and Cons
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (46mm) (LTE) Full Specifications, Features, Price, Pros and Cons
|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|
|Release date||August, 2021||August, 2021|
|Predecessor||Samsung Galaxy Watch 3||Samsung Galaxy Watch 3|
|Versions||Bluetooth/WiFi only, LTE||Bluetooth/WiFi only, LTE|
|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)|
|Case material||Stainless steel||Stainless steel|
|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|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Color||Black, Silver||Black, Silver|
|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|
|Custom watch face||Yes||Yes|
|Input type||2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen||2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v5.0||Bluetooth v5.0|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY|
|Technology||None||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Third-party apps alert||Yes||Yes|
|Pulse oximeter (SpO2)||Yes||Yes|
|Other sensors||BIA sensor||BIA sensor|
|ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Incidental fall detection||Yes||Yes|
|Underwater heart rate tracking||—||—|
|Battery type||Non-removable Li-ion battery||Non-removable Li-ion battery|
|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|
|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|
|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|
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Bluetooth vs LTE – The Difference
The Bluetooth and LTE models of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic have the same design and the features are also the same. The only difference between these two is that the LTE model comes with an eSIM that enables cellular connectivity on the watch. This makes it a standalone smartwatch that can make and receive calls independent of a smartphone and the LTE model is also priced higher than the Bluetooth model.
Meanwhile, the Bluetooth model can also make and receive calls, but it will require your phone to be nearby to perform these functions.
In other words, the LTE model is a more comprehensive smartwatch than the Bluetooth model.
The presence of a cellular network on the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, will not only allow you to make and receive calls, but it will also give you access to the internet which is required for you to download watch faces, stream music, install apps, and access Google maps. The LTE model with cellular can perform all these functions independent of your smartphone, but the Bluetooth model will require your phone to perform these same functions.
Although, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic has wifi and Bluetooth as means of connecting to other devices. And with a working WiFi network connected, you can stream music, download apps, and download watch faces on the Bluetooth model independent of your phone.
Furthermore, if you decide to go for the LTE model of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, you’ll have to spend a little more money.
Check Supported Carriers Before Buying The LTE Model
- Before deciding to buy the LTE model of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, you want to be sure that you’re buying the right model. There are four models of the LTE model that serve different countries of the world. So, you can head over to the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic supported carriers list to identify which model is supported in your country and of course the supported network carriers in your country.
- You should know that the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic LTE has to be on the same network as your service provider. In this regard, you want to make a call to your current network service provider to be sure they support the LTE model of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.
Bluetooth vs LTE – Which Should You Buy?
The Bluetooth model of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is a more popular demand among consumers. It’s cheaper, yet has almost the same features as the LTE model. However, if you want the extra freedom that the LTE model offers, it’s no doubt a better choice. It’s a more comprehensive smartwatch, but will cost you more money both upfront and in recuring subscription for cellular connectivity on the watch.