The differences between the Google Pixel Watch and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 could determine what is the best smartwatch for Android this year.
On the one hand, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is one of the best smartwatches out there and is the first device to run Google’s Unified Wear OS software. On the other hand, the Google Pixel Watch is poised to become the ultimate accessory for Pixel smartphone users. Google announced the Pixel Watch during Google I/O 2022.
But since the Pixel Watch isn’t coming until the fall, we can’t say whether one smartwatch is better than the other. But based on what we know so far, we can speculate on how the Pixel Watch might compare to the Galaxy Watch 4 in terms of price, looks, battery life, and more.
Google Pixel Watch vs. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: price
What we do know about the Pixel Watch’s rumored price comes from a few different Intel points. Twitter user Yogesh Brar (opens in new tab) claims the Pixel Watch will cost between $300 and $400. A previous rumor suggested that a $400 Pixel Watch price tag. An alleged leak says the Google smartwatch will also come in two sizes and at least four watch strap options. Unclear 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 increased materials starts at $349.99 for the 42mm Bluetooth model and $399 for the 42mm LTE model. However, since the smartwatch is several months old, you can often find it on sale.
Google Pixel Watch vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: Design
The Google Pixel Watch design has a rounded face with a sort of digital crown on the right side and two buttons. Color shown during I/O is silver, although there is no indication of other color and size options. Many smartwatches on the market come in two sizes, so maybe Google will follow suit.
As such, the Pixel Watch appears to be a fairly clean and minimalist smartwatch, in line with the design of other Pixel devices. Interchangeable bands, on the other hand, would give wearers a bit of customization options.
The Galaxy Watch 4 actually has two design options. First, the sporty-looking Galaxy Watch 4 as the company’s flagship and a successor to the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. Second is the ‘Classic’ version, which carries on the luxurious characteristics of the previous year Samsung Galaxy Watch 3.
As the name suggests, the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic model looks more like a traditional watch and strikes a good balance between fashion and function. It even features a physically rotating bezel that you can use to navigate menus. If you want to learn 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 other than running Wear OS and offering apps like Google Assistant, Google Maps and the new Google Wallet with IDs announced with Android 13. The Pixel Watch will also borrow from Google’s Fitbit acquisition to include workout tracking, sleep tracking, and stress tracking. Although the inside is still a mystery, the introduction of advanced health sensors like ECG or EDA will also make the watch more attractive.
In a training test of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, we liked the watch’s activity tracking tools. But sleep tracking and stress tracking worked so-so — Samsung Health just doesn’t have the same sophistication as Fitbit.
When it comes to similarities, both watches will certainly run Google’s Wear OS (or simply Wear) software, just as the best Samsung phones and Pixel phones both run Android. We haven’t seen any other Wear OS-enabled smartwatches upgrade to the latest version yet. Could Google wait until it has its own hardware?
Google Pixel Watch vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: Battery Life
Corresponding 9to5Google (opens in new tab), sources say that the battery capacity of the Pixel Watch will be 300 mAh. It’s not clear if this capacity will remain the same across the rumored multiple models of Pixel Watch, but if we had to guess, the Pixel Watch’s battery life will max out at around two days of regular use. That’s the same as on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, which is presumably running the same software again.
It’s also possible that the battery life can rival the endurance of one of the best Fitbit watches, which typically lasts 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: Outlook
Until the Pixel Watch is out and we can test it, we can’t say if it will match (or surpass) the Galaxy Watch. Samsung has several years of experience selling smartwatches and is betting heavily on the launch of the Pixel Watch.
Still, Pixel smartphone users have been waiting for a dedicated smartwatch or a smartwatch optimized for their phone. Pixel phone users can use any of the best Samsung watches, but they leave a few features to be desired.