There was a time when Samsung’s wearables offered heroic levels of battery life and the original Galaxy Watch gave us a mammoth four days. But that was with Samsung’s Tizen OS, and the move to Wear OS hasn’t been kind: last year’s Galaxy Watch 4 promised up to 40 hours, but we found it needed a daily charge.
From the looks of it, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will be the go-to model for those looking to get back to long-lasting wearables. We’ve already heard that it will come with a massive 572mAh battery, but now we know what that will mean in terms of a watch without a charger.
“Galaxy Watch 5 Pro battery life can reach at least 3 days,” the usually reliable leaker Ice Universe tweeted. (will open in a new tab).
That sounds a bit optimistic, even if the rumored 572mAh is 60% more than the 361mAh in the larger 44mm Galaxy Watch 4. But, if true, it will set a new benchmark for Wear OS watches.
Most Wear OS smartwatches are firmly in the “daily charge” camp, but there are a few notable exceptions. The Suunto 7, for example, lasts two days, while Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 3 can theoretically last up to 72 hours (we found two days to be accurate, but that includes GPS training). The last of these packs has a 577mAh battery, which means it should be a pretty close comparison.
And, of course, they should also vastly outperform the battery life of their archrival: the upcoming Apple Watch 8. Apple has maintained the same 18-hour battery life since the original model’s launch in 2015, and while we’ve heard about the Series 8, it may be a little increase this, but is unlikely to triple your current stamina. Although it is possible that the rumors about the Apple Watch Pro can, of course, confuse everything.
We already got a good look at the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro thanks to renders from trusted leaker Evan Blass that show the watch from all angles. Unfortunately, it seems that the rumors were true and the rotating bezel is indeed gone, robbing them of a key advantage against the best smartwatches on the market.
Samsung is hoping other rumored specs like premium materials and a possible temperature sensor will be enough to make the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro stand out when it finally arrives.
We probably don’t have too long to wait. The next Samsung Unpacked event is scheduled for August 10 and we expect to see the new wearables along with the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Buds Pro 2. Although we don’t expect them to go on sale. immediately, early adopters should be able to get their hands on them before the end of the month.
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