In August of 2023, Samsung released the Galaxy Watch 6 alongside the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic, these two launched with Wear OS 4 and are no doubt some of the very best watches for Android users. Similarly, the Huawei Watch 4 was also recently released alongside a more durable Huawei Watch 4 Pro. So which is a better watch between the Huawei Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic? We’ll be comparing the features of these two outstanding watches to find out which is better. We’ll also compare the difference between the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic and the Huawei Watch 4 Pro.
While the Huawei Watch 4 Pro has a remarkable design and boasts bigger storage and longer battery life, the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic is a more attractive watch that runs on a richer Wear OS ecosystem and also features blood pressure measurement, yet $50 cheaper. Meanwhile, the Huawei Watch 4 Pro has a more durable build and far longer battery life than the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic but will cost you $150 more. It is a decision between higher storage and longer battery vs ecosystem while factoring in the price.
Huawei Watch 4 Pro vs Galaxy Watch 6 Classic vs Huawei Watch 4: Full Specifications
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic (47mm) Full Smartwatch Specifications, Features and Price
Huawei Watch 4 Full Smartwatch Specifications and Features
Huawei Watch 4 Pro Full Smartwatch Specifications and Features
|ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE|
|Device name||Galaxy Watch 6 Classic (47mm)||Huawei Watch 4||Huawei Watch 4 Pro|
|Device type||Fitness/Sport/Standalone smartwatch||Fitness/Classic/Standalone smartwatch||Fitness/Classic/Standalone smartwatch|
|Release date||August, 2023||June, 2023||June, 2023|
|Predecessor||Galaxy Watch 4 Classic||Huawei Watch 3||Huawei Watch 3 Pro|
|Versions||Bluetooth/WiFi only, LTE||—||—|
|Dimension||46.5 x 46.5 x 10.9 mm||46.2 × 46.2 × 10.9 mm||47.6 × 47.6 × 12.9 mm|
|Weight||(excluding straps), 59 grams||(excluding straps), 48 grams||(excluding straps), 64g|
|Case material||Stainless steel||Stainless steel||Titanium|
|Strap material||Silicone||Fluoroelastomer||Fluoroelastomer, Leather, Composite|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel||Stainless steel||Titanium|
|Strap size||20 mm||22 mm||22 mm|
|Interchangeable strap||20mm, Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Screen protection||Sapphire glass||__||Sapphire glass|
|Water resistance||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, 5ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Color||Graphite, Silver||Black||Blue, Gray|
|Display size||1.5 inches||1.43 inches||1.5 inches|
|Display type||Super AMOLED, Full color||AMOLED||AMOLED|
|Display resolution||480 x 480 pixels||466 x 466 pixels||466 x 466 pixels|
|Pixel density||453 PPI||326 ppi||310 PPI|
|Custom watch face||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Input type||2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen||1 Physical button, Touchscreen, 1 Rotating crown||1 Physical button, Touchscreen, 1 Rotating crown|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v5.3||Bluetooth v5.2||Bluetooth v5.2|
|RAM||2GB RAM||2GB RAM||2GB RAM|
|Memory card slot||No||No||No|
|CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY|
|Technology||(Cellular model), 4G LTE||4G LTE||4G LTE|
|SIM type||(Cellular model), e-SIM||e-SIM||e-SIM|
|Third-party apps alert||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Reply to Notifications||Yes||Android only, Yes, Yes (preset replies)||Android only, Yes, Yes (preset replies)|
|Sensor(s)||Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer, BIA sensor, Electrical heart sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Infrared temperature sensor, Optical heart rate sensor||Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Compass, ECG sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Gyroscope, Optical heart rate sensor, Skin temperature sensor||Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Compass, ECG sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Gyroscope, Optical heart rate sensor, Skin temperature sensor|
|ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Underwater heart rate tracking||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Battery type||Non-removable Li-ion battery||non-removable Lithium-polymer||non-removable Lithium-polymer|
|Battery life||Up to 40 hours||Heavy usage: Up to 3 days, Typical usage: up to 14 days||Heavy usage: Up to 4.5 days, Typical usage: Up to 21 days|
|Charging type||Charging dock, WPC based wireless charging||Magnetic charger, Wireless||Magnetic charger, Wireless|
|CPU||1.4GHz Dual-core (Cortex-A55)||—||—|
|Operating system||Wear OS 4||Harmony OS 4||Harmony OS 4|
|Companion app||Samsung Galaxy Wearable app||Huawei Health App||Huawei Health App|
|Compatibility||Android 10.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+||Android 6.0+, iOS 9.0+||Android 6.0+, iOS 13.0+|
|Payment system||Google Pay, Samsung Pay||Yes, Huawei Pay||Yes, Huawei Pay|
|Voice command||Google Assistant, Yes, Bixby||Yes, Celia||Yes, Celia|
|Find my phone||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Box content||Charger, Manual, Straps, Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic||Charger, Manual, Straps, Huawei Watch 4||Charger, Manual, Straps, Huawei Watch 4 Pro|
Galaxy Watch 6 Classic vs Huawei Watch 4: Features Compared
In terms of design, both watches have fascinating appearances and are also very durable too. You have got two stylish and elegant watches built with some of the most durable materials.
Just like the Watch 6 Classic, the Huawei Watch 4 has a stainless steel frame while the straps of both watches come in silicone. The screen material seems to differ, Huawei didn’t state what the screen of the Watch 4 is made of but I don’t think it’s sapphire glass. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic like the Galaxy Watch 6 has a sapphire glass screen.
While the Huawei Watch 4 is only available in one size, the Watch 6 Classic comes in two sizes; 43mm and 47mm sizes. This will give you the option to choose your preferred size.
Looking at their dimensions, the Huawei Watch 4 is 0.3mm slimmer and weighs 11 grams less than the Watch 6 Classic. Nonetheless, both watches are neither bulky nor very compact, yet still comfortable to wear. For individuals with smaller wrist sizes who want something befitting, the 43mm unit of the Watch 6 Classic is a decent choice.
In terms of navigation, both watches are easy to interact with. However, the Watch 6 Classic with a touchscreen, two physical buttons and a physical rotating bezel is no doubt easier to operate. In contrast, the Watch 4 relies on touchscreen, a rotating crown and a physical button for interactions.
Both watches are rated 5ATM which means either of these two can survive up to 50 meters of water pressure. In other words, it’s safe to wear any of these in the rain or swimming pool.
Bottom line, in terms of design, both the Watch 6 Classic and Huawei Watch 4 stand out in both durability and appearance. However, I kinda prefer the appearance of the Watch 6 Classic. I think the larger bezel leaves it with a more prestigious appearance.
AMOLED technology powers the display of both watches, so you have two watches with colorful and easy-to-read displays. The display size is also the same. You have a wide 1.5 inches display on both watches that will allow you to see more at a glance. Meanwhile, the 43mm unit of the Watch 6 Classic has a 1.3 inches display which is very much okay.
You get a handful of preloaded watch faces on both watches and you have the option to download more from the Huawei Health app or Google Playstore. While there are loads of really awesome watch faces on the Huawei Health app, Playstore gives you an even more wider selection, and this is a great advantage for the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic.
Display-wise, both watches have bright, colorful and easy-to-read displays. Though, the Watch 6 Classic with up to 2000nits maximum brightness boasts a far brighter display than the Huawei Watch 4 which has about 660 nits maximum brightness. This means while the Watch 4 is still very easy to read outdoors, the Watch 6 Classic is even easier, even under direct sunlight.
Health Tracking Features
Tracking your daily activities and health is at the core functions of both the Watch 6 Classic and Huawei Watch 4. Both watches are well-equipped to track your steps, calories, heart rate, stress, blood oxygen, skin temperature, and ECG. Both watches also feature loads of preloaded sports modes and have inbuilt GPS that allows for mapping of your routes during an outdoor workout.
So as far as health tracking is concerned, both watches are comprehensive health trackers. And as per accuracy, from my experience with past Galaxy watches and Huawei trackers, the Watch 6 Classic and Watch 4 should be consistent in tracking your daily activities.
Both watches support music storage, though while the Huawei Watch 4 has 32GB storage, the Watch 6 Classic has 16GB storage. You can transfer your personal music to both watches from their respective companion apps.
Since the Watch 6 Classic runs on the Wear OS platform, you get access to music streaming apps like Spotify and YouTube Music that will allow you to not just stream but also download your playlists to the watch.
With the Huawei Watch 4, you might need to remotely download the Spotify app to the watch. Though I can’t guarantee if this will work.
Making and Receiving Calls
The Watch 6 Classic and Huawei Watch 4 are both equipped with a microphone and speaker that will allow the watch to make and receive calls when the watch is connected to your phone.
Moreover, the Watch 6 Classic LTE model like the Huawei Watch 4 is equipped with an eSIM that when activated enables cellular connectivity on the watch. This will allow the watch to be able to make and receive calls without connecting to your phone. If you need LTE on the watch, contact your current service provider to know if they offer any data plan for either watch of your choice.
The built-in microphone in both watches also enables voice assistants that will allow you to perform tasks using your voice. In this regard, while the Huawei Watch 4 has Celia, the Watch 6 Classic has Bixby and Google Assistant.
Operating System: Wear OS vs Harmony OS
With no question asked, Wear OS is clearly bigger than Harmony OS. With Wear OS you get access to a richer ecosystem that gives you access to Google’s array of utility apps and a host of other apps like Spotify and more. Moreover, Wear OS has really improved in the last two years, it’s no longer the laggy platform many call it. I own the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro which runs on Wear OS 4 and not for once I have experienced any lag.
Harmony OS on the other hand is doing well by adding more apps to their ecosystem, though it still falls below Wear OS. Nonetheless, its lightweight design really makes performance on Huawei watches very fast.
Battery life is an important aspect of a smartwatch and in this regard, the Galaxy Watch 6 doesn’t do too well. It boasts just up to 40 hours of battery life. In contrast, the Huawei Watch 4 boasts up to 8 days of battery life in typical usage and up to 14 days with minimal usage.
So if battery life is the major deciding factor for you, then the Huawei Watch 4 is a better watch than the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic. Meanwhile, both watches support fast charging, so you shouldn’t have any problems charging up the device.
Looking at the prices, you will notice the Huawei Watch 4 has a higher price tag than the Galaxy Watch 6. It retails at $500 while the LTE model of the 47mm and 43mm units of the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic retail for $450 and $420 respectively, which is $50 less than the Huawei Watch 4. If you ask me, I wouldn’t pay an extra $50 for the Huawei Watch 4, I’d rather go with the Watch 6 Classic, it’s finer, has a brighter display, the ecosystem is far richer and it’s also a comprehensive health tracker.
To save even more, you might want to checkout the Galaxy Watch 6, it looks very much like the Huawei Watch 4, but lacks the physical rotating bezel of the Watch 6 Classic.
Galaxy Watch 6 Classic vs Huawei Watch 4 Pro
The Huawei Watch 4 Pro has similar features as the Watch 4, the storage and display are the same, so also are the health tracking features. However, it has a more durable build and longer battery life. Moreover, the appearance is different. In fact, it looks more like the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic than the Huawei Watch 4. So which is better between the Huawei Watch 4 Pro and the Watch 6 Classic?
Looking at their frames, the Watch 4 Pro has a titanium build in contrast to the stainless steel build of the Watch 6 Classic. Moreover, the Watch 4 Pro also has a longer battery life. It boasts up to 12 days of battery life in typical usage and up to 21 days with minimal usage. This actually dwarfs the 40 hours of Galaxy Watch 6 Classic.
Meanwhile, just like the Watch 4, the Huawei Watch 4 Pro can’t measure blood pressure which is possible with the Watch 6 Classic. It’s also a little bulkier and thicker.
The Huawei Watch 4 Pro also has a higher price tag, it has a $600 price tag which is $150 less than the LTE model of the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic 47mm unit.
The question here is if a titanium frame, higher storage and longer battery life are worth an additional $150. Personally, I don’t think so. The Galaxy Watch 6 Classic being a very sturdy device has a brighter display and boasts of a richer ecosystem that gives you access to more of your favorite apps. Moreover, it features blood pressure measurement which you won’t get with the Watch 4 Pro. The only downside here is that you will have to charge the watch daily if you wish to track your sleep.
If you really want a watch with titanium frame, then you might want to check out the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, it is $100 cheaper than the Watch 4 Pro yet has similar features as the Watch 6 Classic but the battery life is up to 3 days and it will also allow you to import and explore routes.
Overall, it’s a tight call between the Watch 6 Classic and Huawei Watch4 Pro, though running on the Wear OS platform gives the Watch6 a big advantage and is the main reason I will go with it.
However, if you don’t care about access to apps like Google Maps, Google Assistant and YouTube Music, the Huawei Watch 4 Pro is a better watch. It boasts a bigger storage, more durable build and far longer battery life.
On the other hand, compared to the Huawei Watch 4, I think the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic is a better watch despite having a shorter battery life and smaller storage capacity.
It’s your call, you decide.