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Despite the lack of detailed information, we have heard a handful of intriguing details about Samsung’s direction of next-generation wearables. From larger batteries to a missing physical bezel, the Galaxy Watch 5 could be the starting point for a significant change in the future of the Galaxy Watch series.
Without further ado, here’s everything we know so far about the Galaxy Watch 5.
The Samsung 2022 smartwatch series will include three models
The ongoing Galaxy Watch 4 series, released in 2021, consists of two models, namely the regular Watch 4 and the “Classic” variant. Big changes are coming this year, as evidenced by three new codenames.
Samsung seems to be developing three new smartwatches currently known under code names “Hearth-S“,”Hearth-L,” and “Heart Pro“. The model numbers are “SM-R90x“,”SM-R91x,” and “SM-R92x“.
It’s unclear how the three smartwatches will be exactly triggered on stage, but the codenames usually don’t match the final nickname. They generally represent an idea, and in this case the codenames seem to hint at the small, large, and Pro model of the smartwatch.
Galaxy Watch 5 “Pro” can join the 2022 lineup
The third model of the Galaxy Watch 5 may be a “Pro” or “Ultra” variant, although once again the official name is unknown at this point.
Regardless of what Samsung calls this new addition to its smartwatch lineup, we hear it has a monstrous 572mAh battery.
The largest variant of the Galaxy Watch 4 has a 361mAh battery, which means the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro / Ultra boasts a ~ 60% increase in battery capacity.
Larger batteries for each Galaxy Watch 5 variant
Not only apparently the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro has a larger battery. According to legal documents, the smaller variant of the Watch 5 has a 276 mAh battery (part number) EB-BR900ABY), up from 247mAh on the Galaxy Watch 4 (40mm).
More internet documents revealed that the mid-size Galaxy Watch 5, codenamed Hearth-L, should have a battery (part number EB-BR910ABY) with a rated capacity of 397mAh, compared to 361mAh on the larger 44mm Galaxy Watch 4.
The battery life of a smartwatch is crucial considering most models last a day on a single charge. The Galaxy Watch 5 series appears to boast significant increases over existing models.
The Galaxy Watch “Classic” variant can say goodbye
SamMobile has heard rumors that Samsung is likely to abandon the “classic” variant for the Galaxy Watch 5 series. In other words, all three Watch 5 models may have a virtual bezel, and Samsung may not be able to upgrade directly from the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.
Samsung’s plans for the Classic variant outside of the Watch 5 series are unknown, assuming the rumor is right and there won’t be a physical bezel model this year.
Samsung wants to add a thermometer to the Watch 5, but the tech may not be ready
The Galaxy Watch 5 could expand to the Samsung Health platform with the addition of a thermometer sensor. Industry observers are said to be looking to add a skin temperature reading feature to the Galaxy Watch 5, which would be the company’s first smartwatch lineup.
This new sensor would complement existing health functions such as ECG and blood pressure monitoring. And in theory the Galaxy Watch 5 would be the perfect starter for this technology, considering Apple has similar plans for its 2022 smartwatch model, the last of which should arrive in November.
Unfortunately for Samsung, if the industry rumors prove to be true, the company may not have the technology ready for the launch of the Galaxy Watch 5 series.
Samsung may have to roll back the thermometer function by 2023 due to slow progress in developing an accurate skin temperature sensor algorithm. On the other hand, Samsung’s rival Apple has reportedly fixed a similar problem in its upcoming Watch series and may be releasing a model equipped with a thermometer this year.
The Galaxy Watch 5 series may support the newer version of Wear OS
The Galaxy Watch 4 was the first Samsung smartwatch to ditch Tizen in favor of Google’s new operating system, Wear OS 3.0. Although, of course, Samsung has added its own coat of paint to Wear OS 3 via One UI.
Be aware that Samsung and Google have worked closely on the development of Wear OS 3, which is likely the reason why the Korean company still seems to have exclusivity on this version of the operating system. Many other smartwatch sellers have promised a future Wear OS 3 update for months without giving a schedule. In the meantime, the Galaxy Watch 4 keeps getting new features.
When it comes to Google’s role in – and benefits – Wear OS go, the company has its own hardware plans for 2022. Google wants to join a smartwatch game with a wearable device called Pixel Watch, and the latter will likely run an updated version of Wear OS.
As Samsung and Google seem to be working together, the Korean tech giant may also want to debut the Galaxy Watch 5 series with new One UI features. There is no further information yet, but we will update this page as soon as details are available.
When will the Galaxy Watch 5 series arrive and how much will it cost?
If history is any clue, Samsung should unveil the Galaxy Watch 5 series at its main Galaxy Unpacked event for the H2. It usually takes place in August each year.
Pricing details remain a mystery at this stage, given the many variables in the game. Samsung seems to be planning big changes to the Galaxy Watch 5 series, so whether the launch prices will resemble the Galaxy Watch 4 remains to be seen.
At the time of launch, the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic were both $ 249 and $ 349 respectively. It is unclear how much the Galaxy Watch 5 will cost, given that a third “Pro” model could be made. Details on the choice of colors and materials that play a role in the final pricing are also missing. We will inform you as soon as more details become available. Please visit this page regularly and stay tuned for future changes.
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