Smartwatches are a common accessory among fitness fanatics and tech enthusiasts, and they are often found paired with a high-end smartphone.
The array of sensors and other features crammed into modern smartwatches make them useful accessories for a variety of lifestyles.
From monitoring your sleep patterns and heart rate to delivering notifications and navigation instructions, these devices are a wearable extension of your smartphone – which can also function independently to various degrees.
The biggest brands in the smartwatch market locally are Apple, Samsung, and Huawei, and each have recently launched new premium devices.
We compared the pricing, specifications, and features of the new Apple Watch Series 4, Samsung Galaxy Watch, and Huawei Watch GT in South Africa.
Hardware and pricing
These are premium smartwatches aimed at the high-end market, with many of them costing as much as a mid-range smartphone.
Subsequently, we chose to compare the best models available from each manufacturer, which comprise the 46mm version of the Samsung Galaxy Watch, the 44mm Apple Watch Series 4, and the Huawei Watch GT Classic.
The current South African pricing for these devices is as follows:
- Samsung Galaxy Watch – R5,989
- Apple Watch Series 4 – R8,299
- Huawei Watch GT – R4,999
The companies seem to follow a similar pricing convention with their wearables as they do with their smartphones, with Apple being the most expensive and Huawei being the most affordable.
All of these devices offer premium features and great specifications, which are compared below.
|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy Watch||Apple Watch Series 4||Huawei Watch GT|
|Display||1.3-inch 360 x 360 AMOLED||1.78-inch 448 x 368 AMOLED||1.4-inch 454 x 454 AMOLED|
|CPU||Exynos 9110||Apple S4||ARM Cortex-M4|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11n Wi-Fi, GPS||Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, GPS||Bluetooth 4.2, GPS|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, Heart Rate, Ambient Light||Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Light Sensor||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, Barometer|
Each of these smartwatches has its own unique features, the most obvious of which is integration with their respective ecosystems.
The memory and storage specifications on the Watch GT are not as impressive as its competitors, but its battery life is a leap ahead of the competition.
Whereas the Galaxy Watch and Apple Watch Series 4 promise “days of power”, the Watch GT boasts up to two weeks on a single charge.
The other smartwatches do have their own advantages however, with Samsung offering support for its Samsung Pay platform on the Galaxy Watch.
This allows Samsung Pay users to make contactless payments at NFC-compatible terminals by tapping their smartwatch on the POS machine after linking the device to the Pay app on their smartphone.
Apple’s Watch Series 4 retains the design and features of Apple’s previous-generation model while also offering haptic feedback and a new electrical heart sensor capable of ECG measurements.
All of these features cater to different users, and the wide variety of functionality offered by modern wearables means that each buyer will want something different.