Till Google has a bash with the upcoming Pixel Watch, there’s no query who guidelines the Android wearable roost: Samsung. The Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic are a number of the finest WearOS watches round, so there was at all times going to pleasure round their substitute.
The Galaxy Watch 5 is nearly actually on the way in which this yr. With an anticipated launch date quick approaching, leaks and rumours have begun to spring up about what we will count on. We’ve gathered all of them right here, together with what variants to count on, how a lot every is more likely to value, and what options may very well be added for the fifth-generation mannequin.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5: potential launch date
Samsung just lately despatched out the official invitations for its next Unpacked event. Happening on 10 August, we’re anticipating the launch will see the Watch 5 debut alongside the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 smartphones, and we would see a brand new pair of Galaxy Buds too.
Nonetheless, a teaser trailer for the occasion solely confirmed glimpses of the 2 smartphones, with no indication a watch reveal can be taking place alongside it. We’re nonetheless betting it would, as Samsung doesn’t are likely to launch its watches in isolation.
This matches earlier statements by prolific leakers Jon Prosser and Evan Blass, who each mentioned the tenth of August was deliberate for the reveal. Prosser, who has a dependable observe file, mentioned pre-orders are more likely to open proper after the watch’s reveal, and deliveries ought to begin on the twenty sixth of August. Blass revealed the invite earlier than it formally went out.
Based mostly on Samsung’s prior kind with watch launches, an August falls proper in line, with units then hitting store cabinets a couple of weeks afterwards. Right here’s when the final three Galaxy Watch variations have been introduced:
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 launch date: 11 August 2021
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 launch date: 5 August 2020
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 launch date: 5 August 2019
As with earlier launches, the reveal at all times appeared set to happen at a devoted Samsung Unpacked occasion. Gone are the times when the agency would attempt to dominate the annual IFA tech mega present in Berlin in early September, as an alternative preferring to get the soar on rivals with an August launch. It’s nonetheless an enormous worldwide occasion, although, and if the Watch 5 is already official by the point it rolls round, the present will certainly give many a primary probability to strive one on.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5: rumoured specs, design and new options
We’re anticipating Samsung to launch three variations of the Galaxy Watch 5, primarily based on codenames from an inner Samsung database leaked by Dutch web site GalaxyClub. Generally known as Coronary heart-S or SM-R90x, Coronary heart-L or SM-R91x, and Coronary heart-Professional or SM-R92x, the three watches are predicted to have 40mm, 44mm and 46mm screens respectively.
Regulatory filings uncovered by SamMobile recommend battery sizes may very well be on the rise, too. We’re anticipating 276mAh within the 40mm mannequin, up from 247mAh, and 397mAh within the 44mm model, up from 361mAh. The all-new 46mm Professional variant may have a considerably larger 572mAh cell.
Each watches will reportedly run wearOS model 3.5, with Samsung’s personal One UI Watch 4.5 sat on prime.
The latest information comes from Twitter tipster EVleaks and 91Mobiles, who declare to have official 3D turntable renders of each the Watch 5 and Watch 5 Professional.
The pictures appear to verify a earlier hearsay that the Professional variant would take away the rotating bezel, which has develop into a staple of the Galaxy Watch Traditional fashions. They present each watches from each angle, revealing the extra formal Professional and common Watch 5, which the submit compares to the older Galaxy Watch Lively line-up. Solely the bigger Watch 5 is proven, leaving it unclear if the smaller model will see any design tweaks.
Color choices are anticipated to be silver, pink and phantom black for the 40mm model, silver, sapphire or phantom black for the 44mm mannequin, and silver or phantom black for the 46mm Galaxy Watch 5 Professional.
Curiously the submit refers back to the watches as Watch5 Professional and Watch5, implying Samsung will tweak its naming conventions for the most recent set of smartwatches.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5: value rumours
Whereas Samsung received’t make costs official till launch day, a current leak has instructed we will count on the Galaxy Watch 5 line-up to begin from €300 (roughly £250) when the 40mm Bluetooth variant goes on sale in Europe. Twitter tipster Roland Quandt claims the vary will rise to €350 for the bigger 44mm model, with LTE variations of every watch carrying a €50 premium. The Watch 5 Professional, in the meantime, ought to begin at €490 (round £420) and rise to €540 (about £465) for an LTE-equipped model.
These costs don’t take native taxes under consideration, nevertheless, and poor alternate charges may see UK costs climb larger.
We will additionally take a look at the historic launch costs of earlier Galaxy Watch fashions for a touch of what new fashions may cost a little. The Galaxy Watch 4 arrived at £249, with costs climbing should you needed a bigger display or built-in 4G connectivity. The Galaxy Watch 4 Traditional was a pricier £349.
This doesn’t keep in mind the rumoured three-model line-up, although. Samsung may resolve to go premium with the Watch 5 Professional, utilizing supplies like titanium or ceramic that may bump the value up a lot additional. For reference, the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro at present retails for £430 in Titanium and £499 in Ceramic kinds.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5: upgrades we wish to see
Whereas the Galaxy Watch 5’s function checklist has doubtless lengthy since been locked down, we’ve bought loads of concepts for what we’ve wish to see. Right here’s our want checklist for Samsung’s subsequent wearable:
Improved battery life
Each the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Traditional are “all day” smartwatches. Just like the Apple Watch, it’s possible you’ll get by means of to the following morning with out having to recharge (useful for sleep monitoring) however past that you just’ll undoubtedly want a visit to the charging cradle. Now that rivals are discovering methods to ship considerably extra uptime, we’d like to see Samsung observe go well with. Would a week-long battery be an excessive amount of to ask?
Correctly premium supplies
Each the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Traditional look the half, however can’t compete with conventional watches on the subject of development. Supplies like titanium, sapphire glass and ceramic would elevate the watch physique, and a wider strap choice wouldn’t damage both. Silicon sports activities straps are advantageous and dandy, however we’d love an official metallic strap. There’s each probability the rumoured Watch 5 Professional will go down this route
Wider telephone help
The present crop of Galaxy Watches refuse to play properly with iPhones, and except you’re rocking a Samsung handset, even Android house owners don’t get a full function checklist. That’s one thing Samsung wants to handle with the fifth-generation watch, though how a lot management it has is up for debate now it makes use of Google’s WearOS.