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Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 release date: When will the watch go on sale?

It's already up for pre-order.
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July 27, 2023

The Galaxy Watch 6 series just recently became available for pre-order, though it won’t be on store shelves until nearly mid-August. Here’s everything you need to know about the Galaxy Watch 6 release date and some other useful info about its availability.

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AA Recommended
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic
The rotating bezel is back • Elegant design and build materials • Ships with Wear OS 4
MSRP: $399.99
The rotating crown is back
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic rocks a rotating bezel! Better equipped than the base Galaxy Watch 6, the Classic model is a powerful watch with updated activity tracking, improved health features, and the full Samsung Wallet app for your mobile payments.
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AA Recommended
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6
Bigger, brighter AMOLED display • Snappy Wear OS 4 software experience • Sporty yet tasteful aesthetic
MSRP: $299.99
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The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 brings the best of Wear OS 4 and Samsung's smartwatch features to the table. A large display and full Samsung Wallet app make the Watch 6 a powerful standalone device, while integration with Samsung phones makes the Watch 6 a valuable part of your Galaxy ecosystem.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 release date: When did the watch make its debut?

Galaxy Watch 6 Classic and Watch 6
Damien Wilde / Android Authority

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic launched on July 26 during Samsung’s Unpacked event. This was exactly as Android Authority and other publications predicted.

Samsung has historically announced the newest Galaxy Watch in its Samsung Unpacked event, which is typically held in August. For 2023, Samsung has preponed its usual August event to July. Alongside the new watch announcements, Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Galaxy Z Fold 5.

Is the Galaxy Watch 6 available at launch?

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

The Galaxy Watch 6 is currently available for pre-orders as of July 26 but don’t expect to find it in stores just yet. The Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic will hit stores officially on August 11. This time around, there is no Galaxy Watch 6 Pro, however. Whether or not a Pro model will come later? That remains unseen.

What is the Galaxy Watch 6’s price?

Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic on Z Fold 5
Damien Wilde / Android Authority

The Galaxy Watch 6 is priced at $299 for the 40mm model and $329 for the 44 mm variant. The more premium Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic will set you back $399 for the 43mm model, while the 47mm variant comes in at $429.

This is up a little from the Galaxy Watch 5’s pricing, as the base Watch 5 retailed for $280 — or about $20 less. Still, this is a minor change and one not too surprising in our current economic climate. It’s worth noting that the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic doesn’t have a direct Galaxy Watch 5 predecessor, as the last Classic model was the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. The Watch 4 Classic cost $350, making the new considerably more expensive at $399.

Of course, it’s been a while, and so the combination of upgrades and inflation means the price is actually pretty reasonable. The Watch 6 Classic is also more powerful than the Watch 6 while still being more affordable than the Watch 5 Pro.

Is there a Galaxy Watch 6 Pro yet?

A Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro rests on its charger.
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

At least for now, there is no Galaxy Watch 6 Pro. Last year the Watch 5 Pro debuted alongside the Watch 5, replacing the Watch 5 Classic from the line-up. This year it seems the Classic is back, and it is the Pro that is a no-show. While it’s possible a Pro model could debut a bit later, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is still available for sale and is the recommended choice from Samsung for those looking for something a bit more rugged.

Will the Galaxy Watch 6 be available globally?

Yes! The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 series is available globally, just like the Watch 5 series before it. Although some regions are available for pre-order now, it may be a few weeks before it reaches your exact location.

As for international pricing? While we don’t have pricing for all regions, we can tell you in the UK it will start at £289 and £369 for the base Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic, respectively. The rest of Europe is set at €369 and €399.

Where can you buy the Samsung  Galaxy Watch 6?

Mid Galaxy Watch 6 Classic 43mm and 47mm
Damien Wilde / Android Authority

Many retailers are stocking the Samsung Watch 6, including Samsung directly. You can pre-order the watch on Samsung.com and get a free fabric band as well as up to $250 off with eligible trade-ins. You’ll find the same fabric band and trade-in offers from carriers like Verizon and AT&T if you’d rather go that route.

Amazon or Best Buy also have the Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic up for sale, but you won’t get the free fabric band. You’ll get a $50 gift card instead.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic
The rotating bezel is back
Elegant design and build materials
Ships with Wear OS 4
See price at Samsung
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6
Bigger, brighter AMOLED display
Snappy Wear OS 4 software experience
Sporty yet tasteful aesthetic
See price at Samsung
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6
Bigger, brighter AMOLED display
Snappy Wear OS 4 software experience
Sporty yet tasteful aesthetic

FAQs

Yes. Samsung’s Wear OS smartwatches are compatible with all Android phones. You can expect all essential functions of the watch to work flawlessly when used with a Pixel phone or any other Android phone. However, certain functions may remain exclusive to Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

Yes, the Galaxy Watch 6 is water-resistant (but not entirely waterproof). You’ll get a 5ATM + IP68 rating here, which means it can handle being submerged in water up to 50 meters deep.

No. No Galaxy Watch works with iPhones, and the same is not expected to change with the Galaxy Watch 6 either. There is no app for iOS devices that helps pair the Galaxy Watch to an iPhone. iPhone users are recommended to use an Apple Watch.