Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and 6 Classic: Everything we know now Unpacked is over

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6
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Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 is here, having launched during Samsung's summer 2023 July 26 Samsung Unpacked event. You can check out our full Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 review and Samsung Watch 6 Classic review right now to see what we thought of the devices. 

They were announced alongside a whole slate of new devices. We've had lots of time with all of them, so you can now check out our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 review and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review for our verdict on these devices.

Plus, you can find our hands-on Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 review and our full Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra review, for more details of our thoughts on the new tablets.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6: Cut to the chase

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6

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  •  What is it? Samsung’s 2023 generation of smartwatches 
  •  When is it out? Launched on July 26
  •  How much will it cost? Starts from $299 / £289 / AU$599

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6: Price and release date

Samsung Unpacked

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Samsung revealed the newest iterations of Galaxy Watches at Samsung Unpacked on July 26, and they're out now. Check out our summary of all the action from Unpacked right here, including everything that happened, from all the new launches to guest appearances by BTS members and Sydney Sweeney.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 prices start as follows:

  • In the US, 40mm models start from $299 for Bluetooth-only, while the 44mm models are $329.99 for Bluetooth-only. LTE prices are TBC.
  • In the UK, prices start from £289 for the 40mm Bluetooth model and £339 for the 40mm LTE option. The 44mm models start from £319 for Bluetooth only, and £369 for the LTE models.
  • In Australia, the 40mm watches go for AU$549 (Bluetooth) and AU$649 (LTE), with the 44mm models going for AU$599 (Bluetooth) and AU$699 (LTE). 

Here are the prices for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic: 

  • In the US, we have confirmed prices for the Bluetooth-only Watch 6 Classic models, costing $399.99 for the Bluetooth 43mm model, and $429.99 for the Bluetooth 47mm model. LTE prices are TBC, as above.
  • In the UK, prices start at £369 for the Bluetooth-only 43mm model and £429 for the 43mm LTE option. The 47mm size costs £399 for Bluetooth-only and £459 for the LTE-option.
  • In Australia, the 43mm models will cost AU$699 for the Bluetooth-only watch, and AU$799 for a 43mm LTE-capable model. The 47mm model will cast AU$749 for a Bluetooth-only option, and AU $849 for a 47mm LTE-capable watch. 

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6: Regular or Classic?

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy Watch 6 with the same original and Classic models as Samsung’s fourth-generation Galaxy Watch series. The fifth-gen Galaxy Watch series was comprised of the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro, but there's no Pro model this year. 

We knew this might be the case as far back as April 2023, as tipster Ice Universe says that Samsung will be slimming down the bezel on the Watch 6 and bringing back the rotating crown that featured on the Watch 4 Classic with that. 

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6: What's new?

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6

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Aside from the Watch 6 Classic's rotating bezel making a return, both watches share a host of new features as well as old favorites. They're running on Wear OS 4, via Samsung's One UI Watch 5 skin. Both sport bigger batteries, with the larger sizes getting 425mAh and the smaller ones getting 300mAh. The all-new Exynos W930 processor and an extra 0.5GB RAM ensures the watches are pretty damn powerful.

Features-wise, a renewed emphasis on Sleep tracking is evident, with a redesigned Sleep app showing much more information on-watch. An FDA-approved irregular heart rate rhythm detection feature, blood pressure monitor, and redesigned optical heart rate sensor make it a best-in-class health device.

Fitness wise, the only new thing to shout about is a new Custom Workouts feature, allowing you to cycle between workout modes at the touch of a button without disengaging from the workout itself. Running to the gym then lifting weights, or taking on a triathlon? This is for you.

You can now use your watch as a camera viewfinder, so you can take a picture with a Z Flip phone and line the shot up perfectly. WhatsApp also now exists on-watch without needing your phone, although calls are obviously out of the question.  

Matt Evans
Fitness, Wellness, and Wearables Editor

Matt is TechRadar's expert on all things fitness, wellness and wearable tech. A former staffer at Men's Health, he holds a Master's Degree in journalism from Cardiff and has written for brands like Runner's World, Women's Health, Men's Fitness, LiveScience and Fit&Well on everything fitness tech, exercise, nutrition and mental wellbeing.

Matt's a keen runner, ex-kickboxer, not averse to the odd yoga flow, and insists everyone should stretch every morning. When he’s not training or writing about health and fitness, he can be found reading doorstop-thick fantasy books with lots of fictional maps in them.