Samsung’s Galaxy Watch5 series offers evolution, not revolution

We’ve known since early July that Samsung is gearing up for a soft upgrade to its Galaxy Watch lineup this time around. After all, the Watch 4s were the first to receive the new and improved WearOS after Google and Samsung decided to collaborate on its development. Consequently, the words of the day are evolution and refinement of the Watch 5 rather than anything too gee-whizz, with better sensors being used to provide better data and therefore give you a clearer picture of your overall health.

For example, both watches get a reshaped back design with a larger surface area for better contact with your wrist. Samsung says the tweak will offer more accurate readings for your vital stats alongside a new infrared temperature sensor that can measure both ambient heat and your skin’s output. The BioActive sensor, which controls many of the watch’s health functions, first made its debut on the Watch 4, but Samsung says the data it provides is now much smarter.

For example, users can expect to see snapshots of their overall health as well as personalized workouts to help them get closer to their goals. Heck, you even get recommendations on how much water to drink when you’re cooling off based on how much sweat the watch thinks you’ve produced during your efforts. Similarly, a month-long guided sleep program is designed to help you recover better (and adjust your home accordingly, if you have the right gear).

The watch glass has been swapped out for a harder sapphire crystal, which Samsung says is significantly stronger than its predecessor. The batteries in the 40mm (284mAh) and 44mm (410mAh) Watch 5 models are larger, and both get enough juice to track eight hours of sleep with just eight minutes on the charging pad. Both will run Wear OS 3.5, with One UI 4.5 on top, which has been around for about a month at this point.

Image of the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro


Of course, Samsung also has a watch just for the more serious adventurers among us, the Watch 5 Pro. The big difference between the Pro and its vanilla siblings are the materials used in its construction, with a titanium body and sport strap. What else the Pro has to offer is its larger 45mm display and its longevity as it houses a 590mAh battery. You also get some smarter navigation features for when you’re out and about and want to rely on your watch when your sense of direction might not be enough.

Now let’s talk about the price. The Watch 5 will set you back $280 for the 40mm Bluetooth version and $330 for the LTE model. The Watch 5 Pro, meanwhile, is $450 for Bluetooth and $500 if you want LTE to handle your woes. All models are available for pre-order today from Samsung, Amazon and other retailers. If you’re the kind of person who likes opinions on averages, tees and, uh, I’ve run out of golf terminology, you might as well get yourself a Galaxy Watch 5 Golf Edition. That comes in the same case sizes as the regular Watch 5s, but you get a different strap, custom golf-themed faces, and an unlimited subscription to the Smart Caddy app.

Samsung is also offering a range of retail incentives for pre-orders, including a Wireless Charger Duo if you spend money on a Watch 5 Pro early. It’s expected to hit shelves on August 26, and the company adds that you can also use Samsung’s bespoke studio to customize your phone and watch style if you’re looking for something a little more personal.

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