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Review of Tag Heuer Connected 3 vs Apple Watch Series 6 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Third Generation Luxury Sportswatch by Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer Connected is a smartwatch that fuses traditional elegant design with modern smartwatch electronics. A fixed, traditional tachymeter bezel with faceted titanium lugs and casing houses high-performance sensors and advanced smartwatch functionality for sports, wellness, and communication.

It is hard to compare luxury items with functional tech products, and it feels like comparing apples to oranges. The reason to wear a luxury item is not about the functions and benefits but is about conveying the status of the person wearing the branded watch. It is about the prestige, the designer look, and the price tag.

The price of Tag Heuer Connected is at least $2,500, which is almost 4 to 5 times the price of Apple and Samsung smartwatches.

Also see: Compare Apple Watch Series 6 Vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Nevertheless, we are curious to look deeper and review the differences in design specifications between a luxury smartwatch and the popular smartwatch worn by the masses.

Form Factor

Comparison Matrix Apple Watch
Series 6
Samsung
Galaxy Watch 4
Samsung
Galaxy Watch 4
Tag Heuer
Connected 3
Model 44mm (height) 44mm 46mm Classic 45mm
Form Factor
Shape (Watch Face) Rectangular Circular Circular Circular
Size (Watch Face) 44x38mm 44.4×43.3mm 45.5×45.5
Thickness (includes sensor) 10.7mm 12.7mm (13.5mm) 12.7mm(13.5mm) 13.5mm
Casing Material Aluminum (Al)
Stainless Steel (SS)
Titanium (Ti)
Aluminum Stainless Steel Ceramic bezel with metal casing
IP Rating No Yes, IP68, 50m
(MIL-STD-810G)
Yes, IP68, 50m
(MIL-STD-810G)
No
Water Resistance 50m, 164ft
(ISO 22810:2010)
50m, 164ft (5 ATM)
for 10 mins
50m, 164ft (5 ATM)
for 10 mins
5 ATM
(should be 50m)

The Tag Heuer Connected is thicker than the Apple Watch by about 3mm, but is roughly the same as the Samsung Galaxy 4, which is also 13.5mm when it includes the sensor at the back of the watch. The thickness of 13.5mm does not feel cumbersome and is quite common for a tachymeter bezel, chronograph watch.

The tachymeter bezel cannot be rotated and is more decorative than serving a function. The Apple watch could not have any rotating bezel because it is a rectangle. The bezel on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 can be rotated, however, we doubt most users would use the rotating bezel often.

There is no IP rating for the Tag Heuer, however, the specification includes water resistance up to 5 ATM or 50m, by referencing the other brands. This is on par with the water-resistance level for most sports watches.

Tag Heuer Connected Gen 3-Titanium with Rubber Band
Tag Heuer Connected Gen 3 – Titanium Casing with Rubber Band

Watch Display

Comparison Matrix Apple Watch
Series 6
Samsung
Galaxy Watch 4
Samsung
Galaxy Watch 4
Tag Heuer
Connected 3
Model 44mm (height) 44mm 46mm Classic 45mm
Display
Display Type Retina LTPO OLED,
1000 nits (peak)
Super AMOLED
Circular
Super AMOLED
Circular
OLED
Display Size 1.78 in 1.4 in 1.4 in 1.39 in
Screen Resolution
(Pixels)
368×448
977 mm2
450×450 450×450 454×454
(326ppi)
Glass Ion X Glass. (Al)
Sapphire Crystal
(Ti/SS)
Corning®
Gorilla® Glass DX+
Corning® Gorilla®
Glass DX
100% Active Screen protected by scratch-resistant sapphire glass.
Always On Display Yes Yes Yes Yes
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive Capacitive Capacitive

Tag Heuer Connected touchscreen display has almost the same resolution as Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 at 454×454 pixels (326 ppi).

Just like Apple, Tag Heuer did not mention the brand of the scratch-resistant sapphire glass. Only Samsung is open about using Corning Gorilla glass. This is fine, as our experience with the branded Corning Gorilla glass shows that they do not have any advantage over those “brandless” glass on Apple iPhones.

Tag Heuer Connected - Golf Edition
Tag Heuer Connected – Golf Edition

Sensors

Comparison Matrix Apple Watch
Series 6
Samsung
Galaxy Watch 4
Samsung
Galaxy Watch 4
Tag Heuer
Connected 3
Model 44mm (height) 44mm 46mm Classic 45mm
Sensor
Compass Yes Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes Yes No
Barometer Yes Yes Yes No
Accelerometer Up to 32 g
w/fall detection
Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Light sensor Yes Yes Yes No
BIA Sensor No Yes Yes No
Blood oxygen sensor VO2Max, SpO2 VO2Max, SpO2 VO2Max, SpO2 No
Electrical heart sensor Yes Yes Yes No
Optical heart sensor Yes, 3rd Gen Yes Yes Yes
Blood pressure No Yes Yes No
Hall sensor No No Yes No

The basic sensors include a compass, accelerometer, gyroscope, optical heart sensor, and also GPS. They have yet to include the more advanced sensors found on the Apple and Samsung such as barometer, blood oxygen, etc. Even then, those functions are quite new and considered high-end functions on Apple and Samsung. Samsung rolled out the Galaxy Active 2 but took more than a year for authority approval, before releasing the ECG patch.

What sensors does the Tag Heuer Connected have?

The Tag Heuer Connect Gen 3 (2020) introduced the compass and heart rate monitor that is missing from the Tag Heuer Connect Gen 2. If you still own the Gen 2, it would make sense to upgrade because of these two essential functions.

Battery Life

Comparison Matrix Apple Watch
Series 6
Samsung
Galaxy Watch 4
Samsung
Galaxy Watch 4
Tag Heuer
Connected 3
Model 44mm (height) 44mm 46mm Classic 45mm
Battery
Battery Size 303.8mAh 361 mAh 361 mAh 430 mAh
Battery Life Up to 18 hours Up to 40 hours Up to 40 hours 1 Day
Max Charging Wattage 5W 5W 5W
Charging Time Approx. 1.5 hours Up to 2 hours Up to 2 hours Approx. 1.5 hours

The battery capacity of the Tag Heuer Connected is significantly larger in our comparison, but the battery life is similar to Apple Watch 6, which lasted about a full day.

In actual usage, it should normally last longer than a full day unless you are actively using the watch all the time. Most users normally keep the watch on the magnetic charger at the end of each day. Based on experience with Samsung Smartwatches, they do not last as long as the 40 hours claimed in the specifications.

Tag Heuer Connected Charging
Tag Heuer Connected Charging

Hardware & OS

Comparison Matrix Apple Watch
Series 6
Samsung
Galaxy Watch 4
Samsung
Galaxy Watch 4
Tag Heuer
Connected 3
Model 44mm (height) 44mm 46mm Classic 45mm
Hardware & OS
OS Apple WatchOS 7 WearOS, Tizen WearOS, Tizen WearOS
Chip S6 SiP w/64-bit
dual-core, W3, U1
Exynos W920
Dual-Core 1.18GHz
Exynos W920
Dual-Core 1.18GHz
Ram 1GB 1.5GB 1.5GB 1GB
Storage 32GB 16GB 16GB 8GB
Speaker Yes Yes Yes No
Microphone Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tachymeter Bezel No Rotating Rotating Fixed

The Tag Heuer Connect has much lower Ram and Storage than Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. It does not have any speaker and the Bezel is fixed unless Galaxy Watch 4 which has a rotating bezel.

Connectivity

The Tag Heuer Connected uses the older Bluetooth 4.1 (LE) for connection to Apple iPhones or Android phones. It does not have 4G but has Wifi and NFC for Google Pay.

Sports Mode

While the other sports watches supported many sports activities, Tag Heuer Connect only has running, cycling, and golf. If you need a smartwatch for all 90 sports, you should afford to purchase a second smartwatch with all those functions.

Special Watchface Editions and Colors

There are many watch faces to choose from, just like Apple and Samsung. The watch face includes Super Mario and Tag Heuers’ Ambassadors, such as G.E.M., Cristiano Ronaldo, and David Guetta.

Tag Heuer Connected - Super Mario Watchface
Tag Heuer Connected – Super Mario Watchface
Tag Heuer Connected Ambassador Watch Face
Tag Heuer Connected Ambassador Watch Face

Tag Heuer watch comes with 2 years warranty.

Compare Tag Heuer Connected with Apple and Samsung Watch

Comparison Matrix Apple Watch
Series 6
Samsung
Galaxy Watch 4
Samsung
Galaxy Watch 4
Tag Heuer
Connected 3
Model 44mm (height) 44mm 46mm Classic 45mm
Release Date 18-Sep-20 27-Aug-21 27-Aug-21 2021
Form Factor
Shape (Watch Face) Rectangular Circular Circular Circular
Size (Watch Face) 44x38mm 44.4×43.3mm 45.5×45.5
Thickness (incl. sensor) 10.7mm 12.7mm 12.7mm 13.5mm
Casing Material Aluminum (Al)
Stainless Steel (SS)
Titanium (Ti)
Aluminum Stainless Steel Ceramic bezel with metal casing
IP Rating No Yes, IP68, 50m
(MIL-STD-810G)
Yes, IP68, 50m
(MIL-STD-810G)
No
Water-Resistant 50m, 164ft
(ISO 22810:2010)
50m, 164ft (5 ATM)
for 10 mins
50m, 164ft (5 ATM)
for 10 mins
5 ATM
(should be 50m)
Display
Display Type Retina LTPO OLED,
1000 nits (peak)
Super AMOLED
Circular
Super AMOLED
Circular
OLED
Display Size 1.78 in 1.4 in 1.4 in 1.39 in
Screen Resolution
(Pixels)
368×448
977 mm2
450×450 450×450 454×454
(326ppi)
Glass Ion X Glass. (Al)
Sapphire Crystal
(Ti/SS)
Corning®
Gorilla® Glass DX+
Corning® Gorilla®
Glass DX
100% Active Screen protected by scratch-resistant sapphire glass.
Always On Display Yes Yes Yes Yes
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive Capacitive Capacitive
Hardware & OS
OS Apple WatchOS 7 WearOS, Tizen WearOS, Tizen WearOS
Chip S6 SiP w/64-bit
dual-core, W3, U1
Exynos W920
Dual-Core 1.18GHz
Exynos W920
Dual-Core 1.18GHz
Ram 1GB 1.5GB 1.5GB 1GB
Storage 32GB 16GB 16GB 8GB
Speaker Yes Yes Yes No
Microphone Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tachymeter Bezel No Rotating Rotating Fixed
Battery
Battery Size 303.8mAh 361 mAh 361 mAh 430 mAh
Battery Life Up to 18 hours Up to 40 hours Up to 40 hours 1 Day
Max Charging Wattage 5W 5W 5W 5W
Charging Time Approx. 1.5 hours Up to 2 hours Up to 2 hours Approx. 1.5 hours
Connectivity
LTE Yes,
selected models
Yes,
selected models
Yes,
selected models
No
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
2.4 & 5GHz
802.11 a/b/g/n
2.4 & 5GHz
802.11 a/b/g/n
2.4 & 5GHz
Wifi
Bluetooth 5.0 BLE 5.0 BLE 5.0 BLE 4.1 BLE
GNSS A-GPS, Glonass,
Galileo. QZSS (Jpn)
A-GPS, Glonass
and Galileo
A-GPS, Glonass
and Galileo
A-GPS, Glonass
and Galileo
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes
SAR 0.30 W/kg NA NA 0.014 W/kg
Sensor
Compass Yes Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes Yes No
Barometer Yes Yes Yes No
Accelerometer Up to 32 g
w/fall detection
Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Light sensor Yes Yes Yes No
BIA Sensor No Yes Yes No
Blood oxygen sensor VO2Max, SpO2 VO2Max, SpO2 VO2Max, SpO2 No
Electrical heart sensor Yes Yes Yes No
Optical heart sensor Yes, 3rd Gen Yes Yes Yes
Blood pressure No Yes Yes No
Hall sensor No No Yes No
Other Features
Payment Apple Pay Samsung Pay Samsung Pay Google Pay
Watch Face Multiple Multiple Multiple Multiple
Emergency Call Yes, need Phone/
LTE
Yes, need Phone/LTE Yes, need Phone/LTE No
Emergency SOS Yes, need LTE/
Phone/Wi-Fi
Yes, need Phone/LTE Yes, need Phone/LTE No
Daily Calories Yes Yes Yes Yes
Step Goals Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sports Type Many >90 activities >90 activities Running, Cycling, Golf.
Warranty
Warranty (years) 1 or 2 years
(model dependent)
12 months 12 months 2 years

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