Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 LTE vs Bluetooth – Compare The Differences

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Last Updated on March 14, 2024 by Senior Editor

Featured in this comparison chart is Samsung’s new smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch 3 which comes in two sizes; 41mm and 45mm, and each of these two sizes also comes in LTE or Bluetooth version. The difference between the LTE and Bluetooth versions is the presence of an eSIM in the LTE unit that enables cellular capabilities and thus makes it a standalone smartwatch. We’re comparing the differences between the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 LTE vs Bluetooth to help you decide which is the right model for you.

Galaxy Watch 3 LTE vs Bluetooth
The Galaxy Watch 3 comes in two sizes, and each of these sizes is available in LTE and Bluetooth versions

Please note that both the Cellular and Bluetooth models have the same design and features except that the Cellular unit which is a standalone smartwatch can make and receive calls without your phone. The Bluetooth unit can also make and receive calls, but it needs your phone to do this.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 LTE vs Bluetooth Full Specifications Comparison

Product Info
samsung galaxy watch 3 (45mm) (LTE) full specs

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (45mm) (LTE) Full Specifications, Features and Price

samsung galaxy watch 3 (41mm) (Bluetooth) full specs

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (41mm) Full Smartwatch Specifications, Features and Price

Price $151.00 $64.00
Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (45mm) (LTE) Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (41mm) (Bluetooth)
Device type Fitness/Classic/Standalone smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Men Women
Release date August, 2020 August, 2020
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Samsung Galaxy Watch
Versions Bluetooth, LTE, Titanium Bluetooth, LTE, Titanium
Dimension 46.2 x 45 x 11.1 mm 42.5 x 41 x 11.3 mm
Weight 53.8g (excluding straps) 48.2g (excluding straps)
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Stainless steel 316L Stainless steel 316L
Strap material Leather Leather
Bezel material Stainless steel 316L Stainless steel 316L
Strap size 22 mm 20 mm
Interchangeable strap 22 mm, Yes 20mm, Yes
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 Mystic bronze, Mystic silver Mystic bronze, Mystic silver
Display size 1.4 inches 1.2 inches
Display type Super AMOLED, Full color Super AMOLED, Full color
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixel 360 x 360 pixel
Pixel density 364 ppi 364 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
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Memory card slot No No
Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE None
SIM type e-SIM None
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
Reply to Notifications - -
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Microphone Yes Yes
Camera No No
Radio No No
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 Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Fall detection Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle Yes Yes
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking
On-screen workout No No
Sport modes 90 40
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 340mAh 247mAh
Battery life Regular: 2 days Regular: 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 charging No No
Chipset Exynos 9110 Exynos 9110
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU Mali™-T720 MP1 Mali™-T720 MP1
Operating system Tizen 5.5 Tizen 5.5
Companion app Samsung Health App Samsung Health App
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Payment system Samsung Pay Samsung Pay
Voice command Yes, Bixby Yes, Bixby
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (LTE), Straps Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, Straps

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 LTE vs Bluetooth Differences

Galaxy Watch 3 is slimmer, more compact, and weighs a little less than its predecessor, the Galaxy Watch. It also comes with blood oxygen measurement and expands on the running coach that was introduced to Galaxy Watch Active 2. Also, ECG and blood pressure monitoring that was introduced to Active 2 are also present on Galaxy Watch 3 and it has a higher RAM and storage.

So, basically, both the LTE and Bluetooth versions share the same features except that the LTE version is a standalone smartwatch as a result of the embedded eSIM in the watch. This enables it to make and receive calls directly from the watch without your phone, but with the Bluetooth version, you will need to connect to your phone to be able to make and receive calls from the watch.

Moreover, with the LTE version, you can receive and reply to messages without your phone while the Bluetooth version needs your phone to receive and reply to messages.

The prices are also different, the LTE version is priced higher than the Bluetooth version. The price for the 41mm size starts at $399 for Bluetooth and $430 for the LTE version, while the price for 45mm starts at $430 for Bluetooth and $480 for the LTE model.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 Features

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 LTE vs Bluetooth
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 features blood oxygen measurement

  • 1.4/1.2 inches always-on AMOLED display with touchscreen support, 2 physical buttons and physical rotating bezel.
  • 5ATM (50 meters) Swim-proof, eject water from the loudspeaker after immersion in water.
  • Over 50000 custom watch faces to choose from.
  • Rugged smartwatch with MIL-STD-810G- US military grade rating for shock.
  • 1GB RAM and 8GB storage capacity with support for streaming on Spotify.
  • Has microphone and loudspeaker.
  • Use Bixby voice assistant to perform simple tasks and control smartthings devices with your voice.
  • Contactless payment on the go with Samsung pay.
  • Make calls with Bluetooth connection to your phone.
  • LTE model is a standalone smartwatches that allows you make and receive calls from the watch independent of your phone.
  • Keeps you connected to all that matters to you like email, SMS, reminders, weather forecast, unlock phone, music playback on phone, remote camera control and notifications from third-party apps are beamed to your watch.
  • NEW Chat with image and chat history, as well as chat with emoji
  • NEW Smart reply analyses your messages and texts to recommend replies.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 Fitness Tracking Features

  • Continously tracks your steps, calories, distance and floors climbed.
  • Comprehensively tracks your sleep in for stages; light, deep, awake and REM.
  • Comprehensively tracks your heart rate continuously.
  • Tracks your stress and helps you manage stress via guided breathing sessions.
  • ECG tracking monitors irregular heart rhythms and can help you detect atrial fibrillations. Cleared by FDA
  • Blood pressure monitoring.
  • Up to 40 preset workout modes and can auto track 7 of these.
  • Blood oxygen saturation monitoring with SpO2 sensors. NEW
  • Incidental fall detection will call emergency contacts when the Galaxy Watch 3 detects a fall. NEW
  • Tracks your fitness level to show your VO2 Max. NEW
  • Features 120 workout home videos that allows you cast workout videos to yout TV and can display your tracked metrics on the TV as you train. NEW