Samsung looks to topple Apple with the Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 classic

Samsung is coming for Apple’s smartwatch throne with its newest timepieces that bring high-end health tracking features and an interface developed in collaboration with Google.

The South Korean tech giant has been trying to catch up to Apple Watch sales for years. At the same time, Google has been flailing in its efforts to get its own smartwatch operating system onto consumers’ wrists. Now, the two might just have a shot at taking on their biggest rival.

The Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic, which are available for pre-order Aug. 11 and on sale Aug. 29 for $249 and $349, respectively, sport similar designs to Samsung’s prior generation watches, but bring along big hardware upgrades and the new WearOS, built by Samsung and Google.

The star of the show, though, is the Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic’s new 3-in-1 fitness sensor. That sensor, which Samsung calls its BioActive sensor, includes an optical heart rate reader, electrical heart reader, and bioelectrical impedance analysis reader.

Samsung says that using the sensors the Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic can monitor your blood pressure, detect an AFib irregular heartbeat, measure your blood oxygen level, and calculate your body composition.

There is one caveat here though: the blood pressure detection feature isn’t available in the U.S. As for the irregular heart beat and blood oxygen measurements, Apple’s Apple Watch already does that. What it doesn’t do, though, is calculate your body composition.

Samsung is also trying to catch the Apple Watch’s built-in fitness features, by adding the ability to track in-home workouts on your Samsung TV.

The feature will allow you to select a workout from your watch, which will then be displayed on your TV along with your calories burned and heart rate. Apple Fitness+ provides an incredibly similar experience that I’m already a fan of. So it’ll be interesting to see how Samsung’s version comes to life.

The health tracking doesn’t stop there, though. Samsung has also added sleep tracking features that, when combined with a compatible Samsung smartphone, listen to whether you’re snoring and measure your blood oxygen level during your sleep.

The snore-tracking feature uses your smartphone’s microphone to pick up on the freight train-like sound of your snoring, while your watch measures your blood oxygen.

Samsung says this will provide a better picture of your sleep patterns to help you get a better night of sleep. Of course, snoring can mean you’re dealing with other underlying sleep issues like sleep apnea that the watch won’t be able to help with.

Still, it could point you in the direction of why you’re not getting a restful sleep.