The Samsung Galaxy Watch comes in two sizes; 42mm and 46mm, and each of these sizes is available in Bluetooth and LTE models. Both sizes have the same design and features except for the differences in sizes, battery capacity, available colors and price. In this post, we take a look at the differences between the Samsung Galaxy Watch 42mm and 46mm units to help you decide which size is right for you.
Apart from the differences in sizes, battery life, color and price, there is absolutley no difference between the 42mm ann 46mm. The idea behind the two available sizes is to give the consumer the option to choose the size that is right for them.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 42mm vs 46mm Specifications Compared
Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) Full Specifications, Features and Price
Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm) Full Specifications, Features and Price
|ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE|
|Device name||Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm)||(42mm), Bluetooth only, Samsung Galaxy Watch|
|Device type||Fitness/Classic smartwatch||Fitness/Classic smartwatch|
|Release date||August, 2018||August, 2018|
|Predecessor||Samsung Gear S3||Samsung Gear S3|
|Successor||Galaxy Watch 3||Galaxy Watch 3|
|Versions||Bluetooth, LTE||Bluetooth only, LTE/GPS|
|Dimension||46 x 49 x 13 mm||41.9 x 45.7 x 12.7 mm|
|Weight||63 grams (excluding straps)||49g (excluding straps)|
|Case material||Stainless steel 316L||Stainless steel 316L|
|Bezel material||Stainless steel 316L||Stainless steel 316L|
|Strap size||22 mm||20 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||Rose-gold, Silver|
|Display size||1.3 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||391.63 PPI||424.26 PPI|
|Custom watch face||Yes||Yes|
|Input type||2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen||2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE||Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE|
|GPS||Galileo, Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU||Galileo, Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY|
|Third-party apps alert||Yes||Yes|
|Reply to Notifications||-||-|
|ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Underwater heart rate tracking||No||No|
|Battery type||Non-removable Li-ion battery||Non-removable Li-ion battery|
|Battery life||Regular: 4 days, Standby:10 days+||Regular: 2 days, Standby:10 days+|
|Charging type||WPC based wireless charging||WPC based wireless charging|
|Charging time||1-2 hours||1-2 hours|
|Chipset||Exynos 9110||Exynos 9110|
|CPU||Dual core 1.15GHz||Dual core 1.15GHz|
|Operating system||Tizen 5.5||Tizen 5.5|
|Companion app||Samsung Gear app, Samsung Health App||Samsung Gear 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, Straps||Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch, Straps|
Which is The Difference?Both sizes have the same appearance, the same 316L stainless steel frame paired with silicone straps. You also get a physical rotating bezel, touch-sensitive screen, and two physical buttons on both units. And in terms of activity tracking features, both sizes are the same.
Both the 42mm and 46mm also come with a 4GB storage capacity that allows for onboard music storage. You also get an NFC chip on both sizes that enable Samsung Pay. And there is a microphone and speaker on these two units that allows you to make and receive calls directly from the watch. Note that the LTE model of both sizes is a standalone smartwatch that can make and receive calls independent of a smartphone.
Now let’s take a look at the differences between the 42mm and 46mm units of the Galaxy Watch.
- The 42mm unit is more compact
The first difference you will spot between the 46mm and 42mm units is the size. The 42mm is more compact and weighs a little less than the 46mm unit. From my experience, the 46mm unit is quite heavy and bulky. Meanwhile, while the 42mm unit has a 20mm strap, the 46mm unit has a 22mm strap size.
- The 46mm unit has a bigger display
- The available colors are different
- The 46mm unit has a longer battery life
- The 42mm unit is cheaper
As a result of the bigger case size, the 46mm unit has a bigger display than the 42mm unit. It has a 1.3 inches display size compared to the 1.2 inches of the 42mm unit.
While the 46mm unit is available in black and silver colors, the 42mm unit is available in silver and rose-gold colors. The latter color is most likely a feminine color, and thus, makes the 42mm unit a better choice for women.
The 46mm unit comes with a higher battery capacity than the 42mm unit, thanks to its bigger case size. As a result, I get about 3-4 days on average with the 46mm unit, while the 42mm averages about 2 days. In fact, compared to the 46mm unit of the Galaxy Watch, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (46mm) has a shorter battery life of about 2 days despite having almost the same case size and a higher-end chip.
As a result of the bigger display size and longer battery life, the 46mm unit is priced a little higher.
Which Size is Right For You?
Since we all have different wrist sizes, the right size for Mr. A might be too big for Mr. B. In that regard, you need to take a measurement of the width of your wrist and then compare it to the size of the watch. That way, you get a near-perfect fit on your wrist which is the idea behind the different sizes.
In other words, the 46mm unit will make a perfect fit for men and individuals with a moderate to fat wrist size, while the 42mm unit will be suitable for women.