In addition to the hotly anticipated Flip4 and Fold4, Samsung also unveiled a successor in the Galaxy Watch series at their Galaxy Unpacked event today. The Samsung Galaxy Watch5 is the official successor to the Galaxy Watch4 – with a Pro model of the Galaxy Watch in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro being a new addition. The slightly more expensive variant was known as “Classic” for the Galaxy Watch 4.
A much advertised new feature of the Galaxy Watch5 is sleep analysis. With the help of the so-called Samsung BioActive Sensor, it is possible for the Galaxy Watch5 to assess sleep quality. Among other things, snore detection, bioelectrical impedance analysis, heart rate measurement, an infrared temperature sensor, and blood pressure measurement are used.
In addition to sleep analysis, fitness tracking in general can also benefit from these new sensors. In addition to the new hardware, there have also been some updates to Samsung’s own fitness app. A unique selling point of the Galaxy Watch5 Pro are the GPS features, which enable the “Route Workout”, for example.
Design & Workmanship
The Samsung Galaxy Watch5 is sold in 40 mm and 44 mm sizes. If you want the larger variant with a diameter of 45 mm, you have to reach for the more expensive Galaxy Watch5 Pro. The Galaxy Watch5 is available in the colors “Graphite”, “Silver” and “Pink Gold”. In addition, the “bespoke” edition is available, which can be customized in terms of design. The Galaxy Watch5 Pro comes in the elegant “Gray Titanium” and “Black Titanium” finishes. Matching this design, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro’s case is made of titanium. For the Galaxy Watch5, you have to settle for the cheaper, but also lighter aluminum case. The Galaxy Watch5 weighs 28.7 or 33.5 grams, depending on the size. The titanium case of the Galaxy Watch5 Pro weighs 46.5 grams. Various sports straps are available for the Galaxy Watch5 – the Galaxy Watch5 Pro has a D-Buckle sports strap.
Regardless of the variant, the display is made of highly scratch-resistant sapphire glass, which is a significant upgrade from the DX+ Gorilla Glass on the Galaxy Watch4. The Galaxy Watch5 Pro, which is marketed by Samsung a bit more as an outdoor watch, also has a higher case edge that extends slightly over the display, which should provide even more protection. The AMOLED display of the Galaxy Watch5 resolves at 396 x 396 pixels for the 40 mm variant and 450 x 450 pixels for the larger 44 mm variant. The resolution of the Galaxy Watch5 Pro is also 450 x 450 pixels. The crown of the predecessor model cannot be found on all variants of the new Galaxy Watches. The watch now has to be controlled completely via the touchscreen.
Inside the new Galaxy Watches, you’ll find the Exynos W920 dual-core processor clocked at 1.18 GHz from Samsung’s own production. It powers the new One UI Watch 4.5, which is based on Wear OS 3.5. It has 1.5 GB of working memory at its disposal, as well as 16 GB of internal storage (of which only 7.5 GB are available for free, though). The battery is 284 mAh for the smallest variant. The 44 mm variant has almost twice the capacity with 410 mAh. The Galaxy Watch5 Pro has been given 590 mAh.
The new watches will be available from August 26. However, they can already be pre-ordered. For the Bluetooth version of the Galaxy Watch5, Samsung is asking €299.00 (40mm) and €329.00 (44mm). The version with LTE is available for €349.00 (40 mm) and €379.00 (44 mm), respectively. Those who have their eye on the Galaxy Watch5 Pro will have to put €469.00 (Bluetooth) or €519.00 (LTE) on the table for it.