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The Huawei Watch GT series is one smartwatch that shares a lot in common with the Galaxy Watch Classic series. Both watches come in two sizes, have almost similar appearance and share lots of features in common. Just like the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic which was recently released alongside the Galaxy Watch 6, the Huawei Watch GT 4 is the latest in the GT series. Both watches standout in design and health tracking features. So which is a better watch between the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic and the Huawei Watch GT 4? In this post, we’ll compare the differences to help you decide.
While the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic succeeds the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, the Huawei Watch GT 4 succeeds the Huawei Watch GT 3. Moreover, while the Watch 6 Classic is available in 43 and 47mm sizes, the GT 4 is available in 41 and 46mm sizes.
Furthermore, the 43 & 47mm units of the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic like older Galaxy Watches are available in Bluetooth and LTE models. The difference is that the LTE model is equipped with an embedded SIM which when activated enables it to make and receive calls without connecting to a phone. Meanwhile, the Bluetooth model of the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic like the GT 4 also has a speaker and microphone that enables on-wrist calls when the watch is connected to your phone.
Huawei Watch GT 4 vs Galaxy Watch 6 Classic Full Specifications
Huawei Watch GT 4 (46mm) Full Smartwatch Specifications and Features
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic (47mm) Full Smartwatch Specifications, Features and Price
|ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE|
|Device name||Huawei Watch GT 4||Galaxy Watch 6 Classic (47mm)|
|Device type||Fitness/Classic smartwatch||Fitness/Sport/Standalone smartwatch|
|Release date||September, 2023||August, 2023|
|Predecessor||Huawei Watch GT 3||Galaxy Watch 4 Classic|
|Versions||41mm and 46mm units||Bluetooth/WiFi only, LTE|
|Dimension||46 × 46 × 10.9mm||46.5 x 46.5 x 10.9 mm|
|Weight||(excluding straps), 48g||(excluding straps), 59 grams|
|Case material||Stainless steel||Stainless steel|
|Strap material||Fluoroelastomer, Leather, Stainless steel, Composite||Silicone|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel||Stainless steel|
|Strap size||22 mm, 140 – 210 mm||20 mm|
|Interchangeable strap||22 mm, Yes||20mm, Yes|
|Screen protection||__||Sapphire glass|
|Water resistance||Yes, 5ATM||Yes, 5ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Color||Gray, Silver||Graphite, Silver|
|Display size||1.43 inches||1.5 inches|
|Display type||AMOLED||Super AMOLED, Full color|
|Display resolution||466 x 466 pixels||480 x 480 pixels|
|Pixel density||326 ppi||453 PPI|
|Custom watch face||Yes||Yes|
|Input type||1 Physical button, Touchscreen, 1 Rotating crown||2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v5.1||Bluetooth v5.3|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY|
|Technology||None||(Cellular model), 4G LTE|
|SIM type||None||(Cellular model), e-SIM|
|Third-party apps alert||Yes||Yes|
|Reply to Notifications||Android only, Yes, Yes (preset replies)||Yes|
|Sensor(s)||Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Optical heart rate sensor, Skin temperature sensor||Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer, BIA sensor, Electrical heart sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Infrared temperature sensor, Optical heart rate sensor|
|ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Underwater heart rate tracking||Yes||Yes|
|Battery type||non-removable Lithium-polymer||Non-removable Li-ion battery|
|Battery life||Heavy usage: up to 8 days, Typical usage: up to 14 days||Up to 40 hours|
|Charging type||Magnetic charger, Wireless||Charging dock, WPC based wireless charging|
|CPU||—||1.4GHz Dual-core (Cortex-A55)|
|Operating system||Harmony OS||Wear OS 4|
|Companion app||Huawei Health App||Samsung Galaxy Wearable app|
|Compatibility||Android OS 8.0+, iOS 13.0+||Android 10.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+|
|Payment system||Yes||Google Pay, Samsung Pay|
|Voice command||Yes||Google Assistant, Yes, Bixby|
|Find my phone||Yes||Yes|
|Box content||Charger, Manual, Straps, Huawei Watch GT 4||Charger, Manual, Straps, Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic|
Huawei Watch GT 4 vs Galaxy Watch 6 Classic: The Differences
There is no much difference in the prices of these two. You have got a GT 4 that retails for $280 for both the 41 and 46mm units with leather and fluoroelastomer bands. Meanwhile, the 43mm and 47mm units of the Watch 6 Classic Bluetooth model retail for $370 and $400 respectively. It is $420 and $450 for the LTE models.
Design: GT 4 is slimmer
Without mincing words, I think both watches have some of the most outstanding designs. You have got a Watch 6 Classic with a round shape while the GT 4 is a bit different from its predecessor. It has an octagonal shape which I find very attractive.
Both watches have stainless steel builds with sapphire glass protecting their displays. Meanwhile, the straps come in silicone material. Though, the straps of the GT 4 are also available in leather and stainless steel materials.
Navigation is easy on both watches, though while the GT 4 relies on a touchscreen, a physical button and a rotating crown for navigation, the Watch 6 Classic relies on a touchscreen, two physical buttons and the iconic physical rotating bezel which many have come to love. So while both watches offer easy navigation, it’s fair to say the Watch 6 Classic is easier to operate.
Like their respective predecessors, both watches have an IP68 rating which means each of these two is dust-resistant and water-resistant up to 1.5 meters. Both watches are also certified 5ATM which means these two can withstand water pressure up to 50 meters.
Looking at the footprints, while the GT 4 comes in 41 and 46mm, the Watch 6 Classic comes in 43 and 47mm sizes. So obviously, the GT 4 is slightly more compact. Moreover, it also weighs a little less.
Going by the designs, I think it’s a stalemate. Both watches standout with remarkable and very appealing designs. In fact, the 41mm unit of the GT 4 which looks a little different from the 47mm unit is simply classy.
Display: Watch 6 Classic has a bigger and better display
There is not much difference in the display as both watches have very colorful displays that are easy to read in any ambient light condition. However, the Watch 6 Classic at 2000nits has one of the brightest screens just behind the Apple Watch Series 9 with 3000nits. That’s a drastic beat down compared to the about 605 units of the GT 4. Nonetheless, going by this review, the GT 4 is still very legible even under direct sunlight.
As a result of its slightly bigger case size, the Watch 6 Classic has a bigger display size than the GT 4. While the 47mm unit has a 1.5 inches display, the 43mm unit has a 1.3 inches display. That’s a slight bump up compared to 1.43 and 1.32 inches of the 41 and 46mm units of the GT 4 respectively.
Obviously, the Watch 6 Classic with its wider and brighter display has a better display than the Huawei Watch GT 4.
Health Tracking: Watch 6 Classic is more comprehensive
Like their respective predecessors, the Watch 6 Classic and GT 4 are both equipped to track your daily activities. Each of these two will track your steps, calories, sleep, stress, blood oxygen, heart rate and skin temperature. Both also have inbuilt GPS that enables the watch to track your routes during an outdoor workout. You also get loads of sports modes to choose from.
However, like its predecessor, the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic features ECG and blood pressure measurements which are not present in the GT 4. These of course makes it a more comprehensive health tracker.
Huawei didn’t specify the storage capacity of the GT 4, and I haven’t been able to cite any reference to that in several reviews of the GT 4. Though I presume it’s no less than the 4GB of its predecessor which is a far cry compared to 16GB on Watch 6 Classic. Both watches will allow you to load your personal music on the watch. But then, with the Watch 6 running on the Wear OS platform, you get access to other music streaming services like YouTube Music and Spotify.
As far as enjoying music on your watch is concerned, the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic offers more options than the GT 4.
Make and Receive Calls
There is a microphone and speaker in both the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic and GT 4. This will enable you to make and receive calls directly from the watch when connected to your phone. Moreover, the Watch 6 Classic is also available in an LTE model that has cellular capabilities that allow the watch to make and receive calls without connecting to a phone.
Operating System: Wear OS vs Harmony OS
One of the major differences and of course a major deciding factor between the Watch 6 Classic and GT 4 is the operating system. While the Watch 6 Classic like Galaxy Watch 4 and 5 runs on Wear OS 4 which is the latest version of the Google-owned platform, the GT 4 runs on Harmony OS 4 – the latest proprietary OS for Huawei watches.
Harmony isn’t bad in any way, in fact, over the years it has received many improvements and the app ecosystem has continued to grow. However, Wear OS offers even more. You get access to all Google apps like Google Maps, Google Pay, YouTube Music and Google Assistant.
Talking about voice assistants, as a result of being powered by the Wear OS platform, the Watch 6 Classic features both Bixby and Google assistants while the GT 4 relies on Huawei’s Celia voice assistant.
Furthermore, you get the option to choose between Samsung Pay and Google Pay while GT 4 supports only Huawei Pay which is kind of limited to a few countries – no thanks to the trade limitations imposed by the US government.
Battery life is one area where the GT 4 outshines the Watch 6 Classic. The 46mm unit boasts up to 14 days battery life while the 41mm size has up to 7 days battery life with minimal usage. Meanwhile, the Watch 6 Classic can only muster up to 40 hours of battery life. Though, according to these settings, you can get up to 53 hours of battery life but that’s still a milestone away from that of the GT 4.
GT 4 or Watch 6 Classic?
In all honesty, both watches are remarkable in their respective ways. We have got two sturdily built and well-equipped smartwatches, though the Wear OS ecosystem gives the Watch 6 Classic a major boost. This in addition to the more health tracking features and better display which no doubt makes the Watch 6 Classic a better watch than the GT 4. Note that the Watch 6 Classic like the Galaxy Watch 4 and 5 can only pair with Android phones, iPhone is not supported.
On the other hand, the GT 4 is still an outstanding watch. The design is magnificent and the battery life is one of the longest, only seen on Amazfit and Garmin watches. If you don’t care about access to more apps on the watch, the GT 4 is no doubt a fantastic choice. Moreover, it will work with both Android and iPhone.