Samsung Galaxy Watch 5: What we know so far
The presumed unveiling of the Galaxy Watch 5 is mere weeks away and there's plenty to get excited about with this new watch.
Samsung fans should have already circled their calendars for 10 August, the date of Samsung Unpacked. It's widely speculated that the event will feature the unveiling of the Galaxy Fold 4, Flip 4, Galaxy Buds Pro 2 and the Galaxy Watch 5. Pre-order offers made available on the Samsung US site pretty much confirm that these products will feature.
Like many others, we found the Galaxy Watch 4 to be a commendable if flawed offering. Let's take a look at how Samsung plans to step it up with the Galaxy Watch 5.
Galaxy Watch 5 release date
As stated above, the Galaxy Watch 5 is all but guaranteed to be unveiled at the Samsung Unpacked event on 10 August at 11pm AEST. You can stream the event via the Samsung website. General availability should arrive shortly after the event.
Galaxy Watch 5 price
The overwhelming majority of leaks suggest that there will be no Galaxy Watch 5 Classic. Samsung has apparently cut the arguably unclear branding of the Classic line. Instead, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will take its place.
Leaked retail listings have seen the Galaxy Watch 5 Bluetooth-only 40mm edition priced at EUR€259.98 (~AUD$382) and the Bluetooth-only 44mm edition priced at EUR€286.90 (~AUD$420). Meanwhile, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Bluetooth-only 45mm version will supposedly cost EUR€430.89 (~AUD$634).
While a Euro-AUD conversion won't reveal the exact prices that Aussies will be paying for these wearables, it's a great indication. For reference, the Galaxy Watch 4 Bluetooth 40mm version carried an RRP of $399 at launch. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, which the Watch 5 Pro is designed to replace, costs $599 for the equivalent version we've seen listed.
It looks like consumers will enjoy a small price reduction for the Galaxy Watch 5 base version and, as expected, a moderate bump for the Pro edition compared to the Classic edition.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 design
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is not expected to change things up too much from the previous version. Leaked renders back this up with a design that isn't looking to reinvent the wheel.
— /LEAKS (@Slashleaks) July 7, 2022
Sizes ranging from 40mm to 46mm have been tipped, with colours such as Phantom Black, Silver, Pink Gold and Sapphire available.
If you want to get excited about a radically reshaped design, you might be better off looking towards the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. This watch will reportedly establish itself as a premium offering with titanium and sapphire glass construction.
It should be resistant to scratches, knocks and bumps, making it ideal for customers who want to use the functionality of the watch while partaking in more extreme activities such as mountaineering or BASE jumping. We can see the ads already.
If you loved the rotating bezel of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, you'll be saddened to hear that Samsung appears to have retired the feature. It will reportedly not appear on either model.
Leaked renders of the Watch 5 Pro are available as well and indicate a thicker bezel that is more elevated than the standard Watch 5, which should add to its durable construction.
Galaxy Watch 5 Pro tipped to be one of the only Wear OS watches with 3-day battery life - https://t.co/upaDOVJO95
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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 specs and features
Samsung has apparently responded to one of the biggest criticisms of the Galaxy Watch 4 in a big way. The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is set to feature a 572mAh battery that can last "at least 3 days".
This would represent a new standard in the wearable space. Very few smartwatches have laid claim to a 72-hour battery life before. Arguably, the Galaxy Watch's biggest competitor, the upcoming Apple Watch Series 8, has been tipped to only modestly improve the Series 7's 18-hour battery life.
Leakers have been quieter on the standard Galaxy Watch 5's battery life, but we'd still expect a significant increase on the just-over-1-day battery life of the Galaxy Watch 4. 10W charging speeds for the models have been rumoured, which would double those of the previous generation.
The likes of heart rate monitoring, advanced sleep monitoring, fall detection, sports modes, blood pressure tracking and blood oxygen tracking features should all be making their way from the fourth generation to the fifth. Like the Watch 4, the new watches are expected to run on Android's WearOS.
In terms of new features, there are conflicting reports around whether or not body temperature sensing technology will make its way onto the new models. If not, it's safe to say that consumers would expect at least a few other new health tracking features in order to justify the generation's existence.
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