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Samsung event is over, Galaxy Watch 5 range is official

Samsung held its Unpacked event earlier today. As expected, amongst other products, Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro were made official.

For our readers, the new watches were anything but a surprise due to a plethora of leaks in recent weeks. Pretty much everything was known about the upcoming devices well ahead of time.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

In addition to the regular version, there is a Pro variant that is being launched for the first time. It is aimed at outdoor fans and athletes due to its robust build. Mind you, that device is not fundamentally different from the non-Pro variant. But it has a titanium housing rather than aluminium, along with a larger battery and an improved Sapphire display.

The caveat is that the build makes the 45mm Pro version heavier. It comes in at 46.5 grams, so well above the 33.5 grams of the 44mm aluminium and 28.7 grams of the 40mm aluminium versions.

But you do get a bigger capacity battery. On Pro it is a 590 mAh lithium ion which is said to be good for 80 hours on a single charge. The non-Pro variants get 410 mAh and 284 mAh batteries. On-board on all of these watches is fast charging. From zero to 45% in just 30 minutes. Nice!

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Other features are silimar, apart from different sized displays. The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro comes with a 1.4 inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 450 x 450 pixels. The larger Galaxy Watch 5 has the same display. The smaller version gets a 1.2 inch screen with an identical design but a resolution of 396 x 396 pixels.

No Classic variant this year. It has been replaced by the Pro version. Also gone is the physical rotating bezel. But you do get a touch rotating bezel if you wish to use it.

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Interestingly, the processor has not changed as compared to the predecessor generation. Once again we get Samsung’s Exynos W920 dual-core SoC. The internal memory in all three variants is 16 GB. This is in addition to 1.5 GB which is available as RAM.


New temperature sensor

You could say this edition is an evolution in the Galaxy Watch lineup rather than a revolution. The sensors inside the watches are from before. Upgraded, of course, with latest generation tech. So heart rate, Spo2, ECG and more are all there, in the guise of a single 3-in1 sensor dubbed BioActive.

The one important new addition is a temperature sensor. However, this new sensor will not be active at start and will be enabled via a firmware update at a later stage. Samsung says the temperature sensor has enabled them to add sleep coaching and more advanced sleep tracking features.

The Pro also has some Garmin-type abilities for outdoor enthusiasts. This includes Route workout, turn-by-turn directions, and Trackback features. 


Price, availability

The new watches are available now on Samsung’s website for pre-order from today. Actual shipping will commence on the 26th of this month, along with wider retail availability.

Prices start at $280 for the 40mm Galaxy Watch 5 variant without LTE. Around $50 extra will buy you a watch with LTE built-in. The Pro starts at $450.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Samsung Watch 5 Pro vs Watch 5: technical specs comparison

Watch 5 Pro
Watch 5 (40mm)
Watch 5 (44mm)
Dimensions
45.4 x 45.4 x 10.5mm
39.3 x 40.4 x 9.8 mm
43.3 x 44.4 x 9.8 mm
Weight
46.6 grams
28.7 grams
33.5 grams
Build
Titanium case, with D-Buckle Sport Band
Armour Aluminium case with Sport Band
Armour Aluminium case with Sport Band
Colours
Black, Grey
Graphite, Pink, Gold, Silver
Graphite, Sappire, Silver
Display
1.4 inch Super AMOLED, Full Colour, Always-on display, Sapphire Crystal
1.2 inch Super AMOLED, Full Colour, Always-on display, Sapphire Crystal
1.4 inch Super AMOLED, Full Colour, Always-on display, Sapphire Crystal
Display resolution
450 x 450 pixels
396 x 396 pixels
450 x 450 pixels
Memory
1.5 GB Ram + 16 GB internal storage
1.5 GB Ram + 16 GB internal storage
1.5 GB Ram + 16 GB internal storage
Battery
590 mAh
284 mAh
410 mAh
Sensors
BioActive Sensor (heart rate, ECG, Bioelectrical impedance), Temperature, Accelerometer, Barometer, Geomagnetic, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
BioActive Sensor (heart rate, ECG, Bioelectrical impedance), Temperature, Accelerometer, Barometer, Geomagnetic, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
BioActive Sensor (heart rate, ECG, Bioelectrical impedance), Temperature, Accelerometer, Barometer, Geomagnetic, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
Connectivity
LTE, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Galileo/Beidou
LTE, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Galileo/Beidou
LTE, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Galileo/Beidou
Water-resistance
5 ATM + IP68
5 ATM + IP68
5 ATM + IP68
OS
Google Wear OS with One UI Watch 4.5
Google Wear OS with One UI Watch 4.5
Google Wear OS with One UI Watch 4.5
Compatibility
Android 8.0 or higher with more than 1.5GB of RAM
Android 8.0 or higher with more than 1.5GB of RAM
Android 8.0 or higher with more than 1.5GB of RAM

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One thought on “Samsung event is over, Galaxy Watch 5 range is official

  • That is one ugly watch. What’s the deal with that indented watch face look? The Classic was superior in every way.

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