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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5: release date, leaks, price and more

Samsung is still a few months away from its next Unpacked event, where it expects to unveil new versions of its Galaxy smart watches, but that doesn’t mean that leaks have to wait. On the contrary, some promising rumors and succulent discoveries from the official Samsung software code have already revealed snippets about the upcoming Galaxy Watch 5 series smart watches. Here’s everything we know so far.

Fresh name, familiar approach

Samsung’s state-of-the-art smart watch portfolio includes two models - the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. It seems that Samsung is getting rid of the Classic branding this year, just as it withdrew the Active name a generation earlier. Instead, the naming convention will now be much simpler and more popular.

The latest beta version of Samsung Health, first seen by 9to5Google, names the future Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro models, but does not mention a classic model for the next generation. SamMobile also claims to have received confirmation that a Classic model will not be released this year.

Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (left) with Galaxy Watch 3 (right)
Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (left) with Galaxy Watch 3 (right) Andy Boxall / Winteringhamfields

In particular, it is said that the Galaxy Watch 5 will be on sale in two size options, while the more expensive Pro model will be limited to just one. It is unclear whether the dimensions will remain the same as the Galaxy Watch 4 pair.

Health features

Galaxy Watch 5 duo is likely to come equipped with sensors such as a heart rate monitor, body composition sensor and electrocardiogram (ECG), plus, pending approval from regulators, Samsung is also expected to offer tricks such as blood pressure monitoring . Expect to see SpO2 measurement and drop detection.

Interesting, a The Reddit user noticed the mention of an interesting feature called “sleep skin temperature” in the latest beta of Samsung Health. The feature is apparently based on a system of lasers mounted on the bottom of the smartwatch, which flash on the skin to measure temperature. The app notes that the feature is “used to predict your cycle more accurately”, suggesting that it can be used to track the period.

Biometric sensor array on Galaxy Watch 3 (left) and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (right)
Galaxy Watch 3 (left) and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (right) Andy Boxall / Winteringhamfields

As Samsung’s current portfolio of smart watches lacks a temperature-sensing trick, it looks like the beta app is just getting ready for the Galaxy Watch 5 series, which will offer the aforementioned facility. Interestingly, it is said that Apple is also experimenting with a body temperature measurement function for its next-generation smartwatches.

A classic, extinct feature

There is no shortage of smart watches, but what made the Samsung Galaxy Watch series stand out was the interactive frame control system. Like the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, it was the rotating physical frame that really set it apart. The vanilla model opted for capacitive controls alongside the frames.

Galaxy Watch 4 Classic training screen.
Andy Boxall / Winteringhamfields

Unfortunately, it seems that the rotating frames will soon disappear. According to a trusted leakster The ice universe, the rotating frame disappears this year. According to him, neither the standard Galaxy Watch 5 nor the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will present the rotating frame system which has become a hot favorite for many buyers. On the plus side, Samsung could switch to using premium materials such as sapphire glass and titanium metal for the case, following the example of Huawei with Watch GT 3 Pro.

A bigger battery at last!

What about battery life? Rumors so far indicate that Samsung is trying to push the battery of the next Galaxy Watch over the one-day battery life barrier, although not much is known.

Regulatory files spotted by SamMobile suggests that the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will have a 572 mAh battery, which is a pretty massive upgrade over the 361 mAh unit mounted inside the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. We just hope that the next iteration of Google’s smartwatch operating system takes the battery optimization part and allows a smartwatch to last more than a day.

Release date and price

So far, Samsung has not officially talked about the launch prospects of its next-generation smartwatches. But following the pace of previous releases, the Galaxy Watch 5 series could make an official debut around August. Samsung could unveil them with its future foldables - Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 - at the next Unpacked event.

Returning to the price side, there were no credible leaks covering this issue. The Galaxy Watch 4 starts at $ 25, while the Classic model goes for a $ 100 premium. Samsung will certainly want to maintain a competitive pricing strategy over Apple and will want to keep the asking price of the Galaxy Watch 5 below the $ 300 threshold, at least for the entry-level model with no cellular connectivity benefits.

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