Among other innovations, Samsung is presenting its new next generation with the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and the more robust Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, which is equipped with special GPS features. We already have the first hands-on pictures.
After there have been countless leaks in recent months, Samsung is officially presenting the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro and Galaxy Watch5 along with the Galaxy Z Fold4 (Hands-On) and Galaxy Z Flip4 (Hands-On) smartphones at its big launch event.
Samsung Galaxy Watch5 is more enduring than its predecessor
Samsung offers the new Galaxy Watch5 in two different sizes a 40 mm and 1.19 inch Super AMOLED display (396 x 396 pixels) and a 44 mm with a 1.36-inch screen (450 x 450 pixels) as well as an aluminum housing. The functions focus on fitness and wellness routines. The manufacturer promises accessible insights, advanced functionalities, and higher performance than the previous model.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch5 again comes with the BioActive sensor. As in the predecessor, this enables the digital monitoring of various body function values and combines three sensors on one chip: optical heart rate, electrical heart signal, and bioelectrical impedance analysis. The Samsung Galaxy 5 watch can not only determine heart rate, blood oxygen content, and stress level, but also measure blood pressure and create an ECG – the latter two functions are only available in selected countries. It can also determine body composition using bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA).
Of course, there are also numerous sports modes including extensive training analysis and personalized workouts. Improved sleep analysis is also offered. Through integration with the SmartThings platform, the smartwatch can control environments such as lights, air conditioners, and TVs according to pre-programmed settings to provide a more comfortable sleep environment.
Among the features, Samsung mentions improved fall detection and – very important for smartwatches with Wear OS – longer battery life. It should be up to 50 hours. This is made possible, among other things, by a 13 percent larger battery than in the previous model (40 mm: 284 mAh; 44 mm: 410 mAh) – one of the most important innovations. Among other things, eight hours of sleep monitoring should be possible after just eight minutes of charging – thanks to a charging speed of 10 watts.
The display of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is protected for the first time by sapphire glass, which is 60 percent harder. If desired, the Google Assistant accepts voice commands on the wrist, and Google Maps enables orientation even without a smartphone connection. In addition, the usability is improved thanks to the new One UI Watch4.5 based on Wear OS 3.5. Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz) and NFC are on board.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 release date & price
The Samsung Galaxy Watch5 is offered in the large 44mm version in Graphite, Sapphire and Silver, while the smaller 40mm version is available in Graphite, Pink Gold, and Silver.
Robust Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro offers special GPS features
According to Samsung, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro with a 45 mm display is aimed primarily at outdoor enthusiasts. The smartwatch is even more robust and durable thanks to the stronger sapphire glass and titanium case. In addition, a protruding bezel protects the display but also ensures a relatively thick display edge. The outdoor smartwatch is held on the wrist by a new D-buckle sports bracelet, which is designed to combine durability and fit.
The new Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is not only more robust than the classic model but also offers the most powerful battery of all Galaxy Watch models at 590 mAh. According to the manufacturer, it is 60 percent more powerful than the Galaxy Watch 4 (starts from $188 / £199 on Amazon). The battery life is given as up to 80 hours.
The Pro model also comes with special GPS features. These include Route Workout for recording and sharing hiking routes, turn-by-turn directions navigation, and a track-back function that takes you back to the starting point.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro release date & price
The Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro is available in Black Titanium and Gray Titanium colors with a 45mm display. There will also be a special Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro Golf Edition.