Samsung Galaxy Watch5
Samsung just announced the $279.99 Galaxy Watch5 and $449.99 Galaxy Watch5 Pro. Both watches boast an improved battery life with that all-important faster charging – zero to 45% hero in 30- minutes…wow!
Gone is the much-loved rotating bezel which some Samsung fans definitely won’t like but they might like the 45mm Pro version which has premium materials and is supposedly more geared towards outdoor devotees. If that’s too big for your wrists the non-Pro version comes as a 40mm option to the standard 44mm size.
One of the new headline features is sleep coaching and more advanced sleep tracking made possible by the new body temperature sensor which is meshed with the BioActive sensor from the older Watch4, so that still delivers HR, ECG and body composition analysis.
There’s a decent headline set of hardware features to cover outdoors usage with the usual GPS, WR50 water rating, MIL standard durability, plus IP68 dust and water resistance. The Pro version even claims ‘up to’ 20 hours of GPS recording which is pretty good on the face of it. Talking of the face, the pro model gets an improved Sapphire display to complement a super-sturdy and light titanium shell.
Smart features are also pretty good with contactless payment support, WiFi, optional LTE and the more unusual addition of the latest Bluetooth 5.2 which offers long-range support as well as the potential for reduced battery consumption with music playback.
Wear OS & One UI
Better hardware always sounds good to techy writers but most people want to be able to do more stuff and, although underpinned by hardware capabilities, that essentially comes from software. Watch5 gets Samsung’s latest, greatest One UI Watch 4.5 interface sitting atop Wear OS 3. Delving under the techiness sees you will get Google Assistant as well as Bixby plus the ability to use Deezer and SoundCloud if Spotify and YouTube Music aren’t your thing.
Also interesting is voice navigation with Google Maps from the wrist. Similar to Apple and Apple Maps but instead with a navigation solution that is good ;-). Some rudimentary navigation features are added with sports in mind, namely back-to-start and the ability to download and follow GPX routes.
PreOrder the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro now with shipping on August 26th. Prices start at $279.99 for Watch5 whereas the Pro starts at $449.99. LTE versions cost an extra $50.
There seems to be some movement and improvement here from Samsung.
The reality of the success will come from what Google can deliver with the underlying Wear OS features. The pandemic seemed to stop development there for too long but finally, the Google behemoth is also moving. It’s definitely a case of watch this space to see what comes from Google as today’s Samsung announcement isn’t earth-shattering.
|Galaxy Watch5||Galaxy Watch5 Pro|
|Material and Colour||Armor Aluminium case with Sport Band|
– 44mm: Graphite, Sapphire, Silver
– 40mm: Graphite, Pink Gold, Silver
|Titanium case with D-Buckle Sport Band|
– Black Titanium, Grey Titanium
|– 44mm: 43.3 x 44.4 x 9.8 mm, 33.5g|
– 40mm: 39.3 x 40.4 x 9.8 mm, 28.7g
|45.4 x 45.4 x 10.5 mm, 46.5g|
– 44mm: 1.4″ (34.6mm) 450×450 Super AMOLED, Full Colour Always On Display
– 40mm: 1.2″ (30.4mm) 396×396 Super AMOLED, Full Colour Always On Display
– 1.4″ (34.6mm) 450×450 Super AMOLED, Full Colour Always On Display
|Processor||Exynos W920 Dual-Core 1.18GHz|
|Memory||1.5GB RAM + 16GB internal storage|
|Battery||– 44mm: 410mAh (typical)|
– 40mm: 284mAh (typical)
|Charging||Faster Charging (WPC-based wireless charging)|
|OS||Wear OS Powered by Samsung (Wear OS 3.5)|
|UI||One UI Watch4.5|
|Sensors||Samsung BioActive Sensor (Optical Heart Rate + Electrical Heart Signal + Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis), Temperature Sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor|
|Connectivity||LTE, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo|
|Durability||5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810H|
|Compatibility||Android 8.0 or higher and with more than 1.5GB of RAM|
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