The differences between Google Pixel Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 could determine which is the best smartwatch for Android this year.
For one thing, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is among the best smartwatches overall and is the first device to run Google’s unified Wear OS software. On the other hand, the rumored Google Pixel Watch is set to become the ultimate accessory for Pixel smartphone users.
Since the Pixel Watch hasn’t been announced, we can’t say if one smartwatch is better than the other. But based on rumors and other expected features, we can speculate on the comparison between Pixel Watch and Galaxy Watch 4 in terms of price, looks, battery life, etc.
Google Pixel Watch vs. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: Price
What we know about the supposed Pixel Watch price comes from a few different news outlets. twitter user Yogesh Brar claims the Pixel Watch will cost between $300 and $400. A previous rumor referred to a $400 Pixel Watch price tag. An alleged leak says Google’s smartwatch will also come in two sizes and at least four watch strap options. Not clear if this includes LTE versions.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 starts at $249 for the 40mm Bluetooth model and $299 for the 40mm LTE model. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic model with raised materials starts at $349.99 for the 42mm Bluetooth model and $399 for the 42mm LTE model. That said, since the smartwatch is already several months old, you can often find it on sale.
Google Pixel Watch vs. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: Design
We’ve seen Pixel Watch design renders for at least a year now, with tipster Jon Prosser posting a collection of images last may of what he expects the smartwatch to look like. But more recently, someone claimed to have discovered a prototype Pixel Watch left at a restaurant table. The person shared images of the device from all angles with Android Centraleven including an image of Google’s “G” logo illuminated onscreen.
The prototype features a round bezel-less screen and two additional buttons hidden on the metal band under a rotating crown. We’ll say it looks a bit chunky, so hopefully the final design will be more flush with the wearer’s wrist.
The Galaxy Watch 4 actually has two design options. First, the sporty-looking Galaxy Watch 4 as the company’s flagship and a sequel to the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. Second, the ‘Classic’ version which carries over the luxurious features of last year Samsung Galaxy Watch 3.
As the name suggests, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic model looks more like a traditional watch, offering a good balance between fashion and functionality. It even features a physical rotating bezel that you can use to navigate the menus. If you want to know more about the differences between the two models, check out our Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 vs Galaxy Watch 4 Classic guide.
Google Pixel Watch vs. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: Features
We don’t know much about what the Pixel Watch will do, but a few Pixel Watch features that Google could easily borrow from its Fitbit acquisition include workout tracking, sleep tracking, and stress tracking. Adoption of advanced health sensors like ECG or EDA will also make the watch more attractive.
In a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 workout test, we liked the watch’s activity tracking tools. But the sleep tracking and stress tracking performed very well – Samsung Health just doesn’t have the same sophistication as Fitbit.
As far as similarities go, both watches will surely run Google’s Wear OS (or just Wear) software, much like the top Samsung and Pixel phones both run Android. We’ve yet to see any other Wear OS-eligible smartwatches upgrade to the latest version. Could Google wait to have its own hardware?
Google Pixel Watch vs. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: Battery life
According to 9to5Google, sources indicate that the battery capacity of the Pixel Watch will be 300 mAh. It’s unclear if this capacity will be consistent across the rumored multiple models of the Pixel Watch, but if we had to guess, the Pixel Watch’s battery life with regular use will max out at around two days. . It’s the same as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, which again presumably runs the same software.
It’s also possible that the battery life could rival the endurance of one of the best Fitbit watches, which usually last between 5 and 7 days. But features like an always-on display, cellular connectivity, and GPS usage will likely limit the Pixel Watch’s lifespan.
Google Pixel Watch vs. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: Prospects
Until the Pixel Watch is announced and we can test it, we can’t say if it will keep up with (or surpass) the Galaxy Watch. Samsung has several years of smartwatch sales under its belt, placing high stakes on the expected Pixel Watch launch.
Still, Pixel smartphone users have been waiting for a dedicated smartwatch or a smartwatch optimized for their handset. Pixel phone users can use one of the best Samsung watches, but it leaves some features to be desired.