Galaxy Watch 6 vs. Apple Watch Series 8: Battle of the Smart Wearables
See how Samsung's new watch measures up to Apple's current flagship watch on specs and price.
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Last week's Galaxy Unpacked event brought the official release of the Galaxy Watch 6, Samsung's latest smartwatch. How does the new wearable stack up with industry-leading Apple Watch Series 8? Let's take a look at the specs, features and price.
The big physical difference is that Samsung uses a round face for its watches, while Apple keeps its square look. But both are available in two sizes that are only a millimeter in difference, so there's little to go on here. Both are waterproof to around 50 meters (roughly 165 feet), use aluminum in their construction and have interchangeable bands.
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The features are closely matched too, with both models offering GPS tracking, heart-rate sensing, fall detection, sleep tracking, automatic workout detection and more. Both also offer contactless payments using either Samsung Pay or Apple Pay. The Galaxy Watch offers 16GB of onboard storage for saving songs locally to work out with, while the Apple Watch doubles that to 32GB. Samsung reckons its watch will last up to 40 hours between charges however, while Apple only promises 18. How that stacks up in real-world testing remains to be seen.
One of the biggest differences, though, is the price: the Apple Watch Series 8 costs nearly $100 more than Samsung's Galaxy Watch 6, in both sizes. We'll be putting these through their paces in the full review soon to see whether it's worth saving that money, but you can check out the full specs comparison below.