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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5: configuration, launch date… Rumors summed up –

Article updated August 5, 2022 This excellent Samsung smartwatch review will be updated with rumors, leaks and official information.

Launched in August 2021, the Galaxy Watch 4 was praised for its health tracking features, performance, and stylish design. It was the first smartwatch to run the new version of Wear OS jointly developed by Samsung and Google. And if the rumors are true, the Galaxy Watch 5 could solve one of the biggest complaints about the Galaxy Watch 4: battery life.

We would also like to see Samsung interact more fully with Google software and services. Indeed, the Galaxy Watch 4 seems to span the Google and Samsung ecosystems.

As of now, Samsung has not released any official information about its next smartwatch, although the brand usually introduces its new products in August. In addition, Samsung is planning Galaxy Unpacked for August 10th. An opportunity to discover perhaps its new connected watch along with the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4. While waiting for something concrete, let’s focus on the Galaxy Watch 5 rumors.

Galaxy Watch 5 may be presented in August

Samsung usually releases new wearables in August along with other new products. This was the case with the Galaxy Watch 4 last August, as well as the Galaxy Watch 3, which arrived in August 2020. Samsung has already launched its 2022 smartphones with the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 FE lineup, as well as brand new new laptops. and tablets. The only thing we haven’t heard about yet is a smartwatch. Therefore, there is a good chance that Samsung will present them to us during the unboxing on August 10th.

Longer battery life than Galaxy Watch 4.

One of the weaknesses of the Galaxy Watch 4 is its relatively short battery life, which is typically one to two days. There is a chance that this will change with the release of the Galaxy Watch 5. SamMobile claims to have found regulatory documentation indicating that the 40mm Galaxy Watch 5 will have a slightly larger battery capacity than the Galaxy Watch 4.

The extended battery life would have made the Galaxy Watch 5 a better sleep tracker as it wouldn’t have to be charged every night. This will allow Samsung to catch up with Fitbit, whose Sense and Versa 3 watches can last several days without recharging.

Galaxy Watch 5 can measure temperature

The Galaxy Watch 4 already offers health features such as blood oxygen and heart rate monitoring. According to Korean media outlet ETNews, Samsung may go even further by adding the ability to measure body temperature to the Galaxy Watch 5. The article does not provide many details other than that Samsung has “developed a technology that can measure body temperature with the highest possible accuracy. Determining body temperature is nothing new for wearable devices. Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 are already doing this.

If Samsung adds a temperature sensor to its next smartwatch, it will be another sign that wearables have become full health and wellness devices. Measurements such as blood oxygen saturation are now relatively common in wearables from Apple, Fitbit, Samsung and Garmin.

Samsung may abandon the classic model

The Galaxy Watch 4 comes in standard and classic versions, but that could change with the release of the Galaxy Watch 5. Instead, Samsung will launch the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, according to Sam Mobile. The regular Galaxy Watch 5 will be available in two sizes, while the Pro version may be limited to just one size. The report also states that Samsung doesn’t yet know if the Galaxy Watch 5 or 5 Pro will feature the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic’s rotating bezel. While the blog didn’t have any further details on what to expect specifically from the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, it’s possible the rebranding could point to a significant upgrade that is more than just a refresh.

Well-known insider Evan Blass also suggested that the next Samsung watch will come in standard and “professional” models. He called the new watch the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro, sharing what he says is the official rendering of the device on 91Mobiles.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. Drew Evans/CNET

The design is similar to the Galaxy Watch 4.

The Galaxy Watch 5 is expected to have a round design similar to the Galaxy Watch 4, according to leaks from Evan Blass and 91Mobiles. According to Blass, the Pro model will be available in titanium black or gray, while Samsung will offer a wider range of colors for the standard version. The 91Mobiles leak shows the alleged Galaxy Watch 5 Pro in black and titanium gray, and the alleged Watch 5 in white, blue and black.

Galaxy Watch 5 likely to run Wear OS

Samsung has yet to reveal any details about its upcoming smartwatch. But since the Galaxy Watch 4 runs on Wear OS, it’s likely that the same can be said for its replacement. Samsung is the first to release a smartwatch based on the new version of Wear OS. But things will soon become more competitive with the adoption of Wear OS by other brands such as TicWatch, Fossil and Fitbit, which are now owned by Google. Not to mention the Google-signed Pixel Watch rumors that are growing every week.

What we expect from the Galaxy Watch 5

While longer battery life and new health features would be great, what we really want from the Galaxy Watch 5 is software that’s similar to the Google ecosystem. The Galaxy Watch 4 is torn between Google and Samsung. It has the Google Play app store and other Google services, but the installation process and health tracking still rely heavily on Samsung apps.

Of course, Samsung eliminates this duality to some extent by integrating Google Assistant into its watch. But we hope to see closer integration with Google in the next version, which will truly make the Galaxy Watch 5 the best Android watch.

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