Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

While the Apple Watch is the undisputed best-seller on the smartwatch market, the best alternatives have always came straight from Samsung’s factories. Indeed, last year Apple held 30% of the market, while Samsung held a 10% share, a figure that was definitely heavily influenced by the Wear OS-powered Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic.

Now, the Galaxy Watch 5 is coming very soon, possibly alongside the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 in August, and seems like a modest upgrade over the Galaxy Watch 4 from last year.

This article will be continuously updated with all the new Galaxy Watch 5 leaks and rumors that come to light.

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Galaxy Watch 5 release date

Judging from multiple rumors, as well as deducing from Samsung’s last year’s release windows, we should expect the Galaxy Watch 5 to be announced sometime in early August and get released not long after, presumably by the month’s end.

FrontPageTech’s Jon Prosser has it that the actual dates for the Galaxy Watch 5 announcement and subsequent release are as follows: the Galaxy Watch 5 will likely be announced at a Galaxy Unpacked event on August 10, 2022 at a dedicated Galaxy Unpacked and will be available for pre-order right away. The wearable will be released on the market on August 26, 2022.

* – probable dates

Galaxy Watch 5 price

No concrete leaks yet, but as usual, we don’t expect Samsung to greatly diverge from its usual pricing policy.

The Galaxy Watch 4 started at $249, and that’s the ballpark pricing we expect for the Galaxy Watch 5, too. Mind you, the more premium Galaxy Watch 4 Classic started at $349.

So, when it comes to the Galaxy Watch 5 and its version, we should expect the most affordable wearable to start at $249, while the easiest go get premium model will likely cost $349 at launch.

Galaxy Watch 5 name

So far, we expect three version of the Galaxy Watch 5: a Galaxy Watch 5 in two different sizes, possibly 40mm and 42mm, and then an extra large 46mm version, called the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. 

Galaxy Watch 5 design and display

 

The Galaxy Watch 5 will retain the circular shape of its predecessors and mostly be the same in terms of overall design. At least the regular versions.

Rumors have been circulating regarding a high-end Galaxy Watch 5 Pro variant composed of premium materials such as titanium and sapphire. Sapphire is decidedly more scratch resistant than regular glass and is often used on premium smart and classical watches alike, but using it on a smartwatch like the Galaxy Watch 5 will definitely bump up the price considerably.

It is believed to contain a 572mAh battery, which is 60% bigger than that of the larger Galaxy Watch 4. Such a large battery unit will inevitably increase the overall size of the wearable by a lot, but it wouldn’t feature a rotating bezel like previous generations, which will be sorely missed by many. Hopefully, those rather large bezels would feature capacitive touch for interface navigation.

Currently, we expect three versions of the Galaxy Watch 5.

  • 40mm Galaxy Watch 5 SM-R900 with rotating bezel
  • 42mm Galaxy Watch 5 SM-R910 with rotating bezel
  • 46mm Galaxy Watch 5 Pro SM-R920 without rotating bezel

Popular leaker IceUniverse has proclaimed that the Galaxy Watch 5 could be the ugliest smartwatch range in 2022.

Why? It seems that in its quest to improve battery life, Samsung has went for the jugular of design aesthetics and got rid of the Galaxy Watch 4’s sleek profile. It would seem that the Galaxy Watch 5 will sport quite the thick bezels that wouldn’t be very seamless, making for a dated and not-so-appealing appearance.

Here’s a purported mock-up that aims to show you what the Galaxy Watch 5 might look like. Admittedly, not a stunning smartwatch.

Colors-wise, we could see phantom black and silver paint paint jobs, with the compact Galaxy Watch 5 also expected to be available in pink gold and the big non-Pro device appearing in a third color choice branded “Sapphire” and characterized as sort of “blueish.”

Here’s the full scoop:

  • Galaxy Watch 5 40mm: Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Pink Golf
  • Galaxy Watch 5 42mm: Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Sapphire
  • Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: Phantom Black, Phantom Silver

Galaxy Watch 5 battery

Battery life seems like it will get a huge boost on the Galaxy Watch 5 family. According to multiple sources and leaks, we will be getting larger batteries all across the board, with the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro beating just about any expectation we initially had.

Here are the leaked Galaxy Watch 5 family battery sizes:

  • Galaxy Watch 5 SM-R900 – 276mAh (vs 247mAh on Galaxy Watch 4 40mm)
  • Galaxy Watch 5 SM-R910 – 400mAh (vs 361mAh Galaxy Watch 4 44mm)
  • Galaxy Watch 5 Pro SM-R920 – 572mAh

As you can see, the difference in battery capacity is astonishing, especially considering the difference with the previous generation. Why use such large batteries? Simple – Wear OS isn’t very light on resources, so having a larger battery to ensure good battery life is essential.

In terms of charging, all Galaxy Watch 5 models are expected to get 10W charging, which will possibly allow them to get fully charge in less than an hour.

Galaxy Watch 5 features and software

When it comes to hardware, we don’t have any concrete info on either the chipset or RAM of the Galaxy Watch 5.

Aside from having an ECG, an always-on heart-rate monitor, and possibly a BMI sensor to analyze your body structure, the Galaxy Watch 5 will be scoring a thermometer for body temperature. Multiple other watches have had such a feature, namely the Huawei Watch GT3 and many Garmin wearables.

Should I wait for the Galaxy Watch 5?

  • You should wait for the Galaxy Watch 5 if you’re willing to give Wear OS a try. You should also probably patiently wait for it if you’ve been using an older Galaxy Watch and wish to stay in the ecosystem, but get the latest and greatest smartwatch Samsung will have in tow.
  • You should not wait for PhoneName if you’ve been using the Galaxy Watch 4 and are satisfied with its performance and battery life. You probably shouldn’t be considering the Galaxy Watch 5 if you have an iPhone, since the chances of it working with Apple’s phones is minimal.

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