Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) LTE vs Bluetooth – The Difference

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Despite being around for almost two years since it was released in August 2018, the Galaxy Watch is still one of the best smartwatches you can buy today. For one, it runs on the same Tizen 4 as Active 2 and was also updated with most of the UX features on Active 2. You can get the Galaxy Watch in two sizes; 42mm and 46mm. Each of these two is available in LTE or Bluetooth only. In this post, I compare the Samsung Galaxy Watch Bluetooth vs LTE to find out the differences.

Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) LTE vs Bluetooth: Specs Comparison

  Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) (LTE) Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) (Bluetooth)
Samsung galaxy watch specs Samsung galaxy watch specs

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm)
Device type Classic/Fitness/Standalone smartwatch Classic/Fitness/Standalone smartwatch
Predecessor Samsung Gear S3 Samsung Gear S3
Successor N/A N/A
Date Released August, 2018 August, 2018
Gender Men Men

WHERE TO BUY

DISPLAY

Display size 1.3 inch 1.3 inch
Display type Super AMOLED
Full color
Super AMOLED
Full color
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixels 360 x 360 pixels
Pixel density 278 ppi 278 ppi
Display always-on Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons
physical rotating bezel
Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons
physical rotating bezel

BODY

Shape Circular Circular
Casing material Stainless steel/glass reinforced with polycarbonate Stainless steel/glass reinforced with polycarbonate
Strap material Silicone
(leather straps also available)
Silicone
(leather straps also available)
Bezel Material Ceramics Ceramics
Weight 63 grams 63 grams
Color(s) Black and silver Black and silver
Dimension 46 x 49 x 13 mm 46 x 49 x 13 mm
Strap size 22 mm 22 mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Corning Gorilla glass DX+
Durability test MIL-STD-810G MIL-STD-810G
Waterproof rating Yes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Yes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/Date Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes

MEMORY

RAM 1.5GB (LTE) 0.75GB (non-LTE)
Internal storage 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No

MEDIA

Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Camera No No
Music streaming Yes Yes

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.2 Bluetooth v4.2
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alert Yes Yes
SMS alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Reminder Yes Yes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network Technology GSM/HSPA/LTE None
SIM Yes, e-SIM None

FITNESS TRACKING

Steps Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
VO2 Max. Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Swim tracking Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle tracking No No
Blood pressure No No
ECG Tracking No No
Blood oxygen No No
Preloaded sport modes Yes Yes

PLATFORM

Operating system Tizen OS 4.0 Tizen OS 4.0
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz Dual core 1.15GHz
GPU -- --
Chipset Exynos 9110 Exynos 9110

SENSORS

GPS GLONASS/A-GPS GLONASS/A-GPS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Heart rate sensor Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass No No
Pulse Ox. No No
Altimeter -- --
ECG No No
Thermometer No No
Ambient light Yes Yes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps Yes, 22mm Yes, 22mm
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Voice Assistant Yes Yes
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Payment system Samsung pay Samsung pay
Companion app Samsung Gear app Samsung Gear app

BATTERY

Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 472mAh 472mAh
Est. battery life Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Charging mode WPC based wireless charging WPC based wireless charging
Charging duration About 1-2 hours About 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm)
Straps Straps
Charging dock Charging dock
Quick start guide Quick start guide

Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) LTE vs Bluetooth: Video Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) LTE vs Bluetooth: The Difference

  • The design on the LTE and Bluetooth is the same, it’s same colorful AMOLED display, physical rotating bezel, and stainless steel material for the case. The 22/24mm straps are the same on both sizes.
  • The fitness tracking features are also the same, you can expect any of these two to track your steps, floors climbed, calories, heart rate, sleep, outdoor activities like routes and locations.
  • However, the difference between the Bluetooth and LTE model is the presence of cellular connectivity on the LTE model which the Bluetooth model lacks. As a result, the LTE model is a standalone smartwatch that allows you to make and receive calls directly from the watch.
  • You can also make and receive calls from the Bluetooth model, but it must be connected to your phone which can cause some level of inconvenience especially while running or in the middle of another activity.
  • The LTE model also has a higher 1.5GB RAM compared to 0.76GB of the Bluetooth model. I can really say how this affects performance on the LTE model, but from my experience, the Bluetooth model has one of the best and flawless performance I’ve seen on different smartwatches. Mind you, LTE isn’t available in every country of the world.
  • On average, the Bluetooth only Galaxy watch 46mm can go up to 4 days from a single charge, this is higher than that of the 42mm of 2 days or more. You can expect the LTE models to go a little less than this considering the cellular features.

Which is Better?

I’m not a fan of standalone smartwatches because I think it complicates what a watch should be, but there are people who like standalone functionality in smartwatches probably because of the convenience and freedom it gives the phone. If you’re like me, the Bluetooth model is a great choice, while the LTE is a more comprehensive smartwatch and a great choice for anyone that fancies standalone features, but will cost you some extra bucks.

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