The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 may be the best Samsung watch ever. We’ve seen a few rumors so far, including the possibility of a new Pro model.
Last year, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 was introduced in two versions – a standard sports model and a classic version with a physical frame, as well as a sensor for non-invasive body composition analysis. It’s also the first smartwatch to run Wear OS 3, a unified platform that integrates a range of Google apps with familiar Samsung apps.
So how will the fifth generation Galaxy Watch keep its rights to the best Android smartwatches? The Google Pixel Watch is rumored to be threatening to crash the party, and the Galaxy Watch 5 should try to innovate the wearable market. We could see new fitness tracking features, an updated design, more ways to stay connected from your wrist, and more.
Here’s what we know about the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, as well as what we’d like to see in the next Samsung smartwatch.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Rumors: May 15 Update
Possible release date of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
The most likely release date for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 will fall sometime in August 2022 if Samsung sticks to its usual production schedule. While we’re watching the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S22 series at the Samsung Unpacked launch event on February 9 (here’s how to watch Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2022), the company is known for hosting a second big event this summer.
In August 2021, we saw the debut of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, two of the best phones, along with the official announcement of the Galaxy Watch 4.
So we could see the Galaxy Watch 5 coming with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 or another foldable device. Samsung products are often leaked or teased weeks before an event. In other words, we should get a glimpse of the Galaxy Watch 5 release date closer to its scheduled launch.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Price Expectations
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 could be priced the same as the Galaxy Watch 4. The Galaxy Watch 4 starts at $249.99 for the 40mm Bluetooth model and $299.99 for the 40mm LTE model. The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic starts at $349.99 for the 42mm Bluetooth model and $399.99 for the 42mm LTE model.
If the Galaxy Watch 5 doesn’t come in two configurations, we could see a big price difference. It could even resurrect the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3’s original $399 starting price, which mirrors that of the Apple Watch 7.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 design and features
We don’t know much about the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 yet, but there have been a few leaks.
The most recent one comes from GalaxyClub, which claims to have found codenames and model numbers for three rumored Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 models.
The smallest one is said to be codenamed Heart-S and model number SM-R90X. It will reportedly come in 40mm and 42mm sizes, essentially making it a replacement for the base Galaxy Watch 4.
The second model is “Heart-L” – or SM-R91X. They will reportedly come in 44mm and 46mm sizes, which seems to be a replacement for the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic version.
There are also rumors about a Pro model, which is discussed in more detail below.
Aside from the model/size information, we also have a few rumors about the sensors that might appear in the Galaxy Watch 5. The first one, from the Korean site ET News, claims that the Galaxy Watch 5 will come with a temperature. – sensor technology.
The second one, from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, is that the Galaxy Watch 5 won’t have temperature sending technology. Right.
So who is there to believe? Well, at this stage, we have no reason to trust anyone alone. However, Kuo’s argument is that “algorithm limitations” could prevent the technology from appearing in the new model. Given that he also made the same claim about the Apple Watch 8, which also received a temperature sensor, presumably he knows something about the subject. For the time being, however, we’ll assume it’s indeterminate anyway.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is rumored to have earned its “Pro” moniker thanks to its titanium and sapphire crystal construction. This points to a watch that is impact, shock and scratch resistant with a premium look and feel, but the real question is how this will affect the price. Using premium materials can lead to a significant price increase, especially since we’ve seen premium materials used in the Apple Watch line up the price significantly over the base model.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Rumors
According to one new rumor, a Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro model may be coming. Not much has been announced about this model, but it may have a huge 572 mAh battery. Not only is this nearly 60% bigger than the 361mAh battery found in the larger 44mm Galaxy Watch 4, it’s pretty much the largest smartwatch cell we’ve heard of to date.
This large battery can not only increase the lifespan of this claimed smartwatch, but also support a range of features such as blood glucose measurement and offer game-changing features for diabetics.
Additionally, we’ve heard rumors that the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro could replace the Classic model in Samsung’s lineup. However, we don’t know if Samsung will keep the rotating bezel on the Pro.
However, a new leak from GalaxyClub has cast doubt on the Pro Pro replacement, suggesting instead that it could simply be one of three Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 models. Codenames and model numbers have been found on this site that are believed to be for the Watch 5 — and their trio.
Of these, the Pro is said to have the model number SM-R92X, although there is no size information in this leak.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 features: what we want to see
Whether the next Galaxy Watch will be the best smartwatch of the year depends mainly on the features it will offer. Here are some of them that we would like to see materialized.
Improved battery life: It would be great if the next Galaxy Watch had extended battery life. Based on our usage, we found the Galaxy Watch 4 lasted just over a day with the always-on display and frequent activity tracking. Rivals like the Fitbit Sense and Garmin Venu 2 Plus last up to six and nine days, respectively.
FDA approval for blood pressure monitoring: We would also like to see a feature already offered in the Galaxy Watch line finally get FDA approval. Samsung has included a blood pressure monitoring feature in the last two versions of its smartwatches, but users in the US have not been able to take advantage of this health tool.
Recovery tools. A recent software update for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 introduced sleep training tools to help users improve their sleep quality over time. We’d love to see Samsung take it a step further with dedicated recovery tools that recommend rest days like the Oura Ring Generation 3. The Galaxy Watch 5 might even borrow a feature like Fitbit’s Daily Readiness Score.
Fun color options: Based on the colors of the Apple Watch Series 7, we think the Galaxy Watch 5 should expand on the color options that go beyond the basic metallic. Yes, many people might want a smartwatch in a neutral hue to go with different outfits. But red, blue, green, or another eye-catching color would make the Galaxy Watch 5 design a little more exciting.
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