Samsung Galaxy Watch5, Watch5 Pro: 5 features you need to know

Alongside the new foldables (the Galaxy Z Flip4 and Fold4) and new earbuds, Samsung has also refreshed its smartwatch line. While the Galaxy Watch4 series marked Samsung’s move away from Tizen, the company is exploring a new segment with the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 series.

The Classic model didn’t make its way to the new line, but there’s a new Pro variant for outdoor enthusiasts. What else does the Galaxy Watch5 bring? Read on to find out.

Design changes

You’ll immediately notice the new Samsung Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro’s lack of a rotating bezel. Instead, you get an edge-to-edge display and physical buttons on the right side.

There are two sizes for Galaxy Watch5 (40mm and 44mm), while the Pro gets the larger 44m. The design for both smartwatches are similar, but they aren’t identical. The Pro is significantly thicker to make space for its larger battery.

You get more color options with the Galaxy Watch5, coming in options like Graphite, Silver, Pink Gold, and Sapphire. In contrast, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro comes in the more serious Black Titanium and Gray Titanium. Both get sapphire crystal displays. The Galaxy Watch5 has an Armor Aluminum casing, while the Pro is extra sturdy with the use of titanium for its build. The Pro also gets a new D-Buckle sports band to better keep it on your wrist.

Both offer IP68 water and dust resistance, 5ATM rating, and MIL-STD-810H certification.

Samsung Galaxy Watch5’s health features

The series inherits the Galaxy Watch4’s BioActive Sensor, which combines three different sensors for a more comprehensive look at your overall health. It allows the watch to monitor data like blood oxygen content, stress levels, sleep quality, heart rate, and more. ECG and blood pressure monitoring are back as well. For females and uterus-having folks, it has health tracking for you, too.

Of course, these devices can also track your workouts and other activities. The Pro is built specifically for more outdoor use. It has turn-by-turn guidance, an option to track and share your outdoor route through the Samsung Health app, and a new Track Back feature to make it easier to retrace your steps. It can even track your recovery heart rate once you’ve finished an intense cardio activity to see how well you recover and how much hydration you’ll need when you’re finished.

Samsung Galaxy Watch5 in Bora Purple
Samsung Galaxy Watch5 in Bora Purple

Better batteries

The Samsung Galaxy Watch5 series should last you longer between charges. The Galaxy Watch5 gets 284mAh and 410mAh batteries for its 40mm and 44mm options, while the Galaxy Watch5 Pro gets an impressive 590mAh battery.

More on the specs

Both watches have similarly-sized displays with 1.36 inches for the 44mm with a 450 x 450-pixel resolution. The smaller 40mm for the Galaxy Watch5 has a smaller 1.19-inch display with a 396 x 396-pixel resolution. Both sizes have a pixel density of 330ppi.

Both run on Google’s Wear OS 3.5 platform skinned with Samsung’s One UI Watch 4.5, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, and Exynos W920. They get connectivity features like Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and Bluetooth or LTE models. They also have speakers, microphones, and a motor.

As a smartwatch, you can receive your phone’s notifications, take calls, and even pay via Google Pay.

Samsung Galaxy Watch5 series’ price

The Samsung Galaxy Watch5 series is already available for pre-order. The standard Galaxy Watch5‘s price starts at USD 279.99 or PHP 16,990 for the 40mm model and USD 309.99 or PHP 18,990 for the 44mm model. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro‘s starting price is USD 449.99 or PHP 26,990.


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