The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is almost definitely on the way – we have no reason to believe the company will stop making smartwatches just yet – and the leaks and rumors are starting to arrive at a steady pace.
When we tested the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, we found them to be among the best, but in some ways the most disappointing, wearables of 2021.
These devices promised an all-new operating system, merging the best of Tizen with Wear OS, all powered by a fast new chipset and with a host of new health-tracking skills. And they largely accommodated that, but with a number of caveats and issues.
So for the inevitable Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (and eventual Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Classic), we want a number of changes, the most important of which we’ve outlined below.
We also looked at the likely launch date of Samsung’s next flagship, its cost, and other early rumors about it. As soon as more leaks appear, we will add them to this article as well, so this will remain the definitive source of information on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 ahead of its launch.
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- What is that? The next high-end Samsung smartwatch
- When did he come out? Probably August 2022
- How much will it cost? Unknown
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 release date and price
A leaked release schedule obtained by South Korean site The Elec indicates that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 will land sometime in the second half of 2022, although that should come as no surprise given that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 lineup landed in August. 2021.
In fact, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 landed in August 2020, so August 2022 is our best guess for when we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5.
There’s no news yet on what it might cost, but the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 starts at $249.99 / £249 / AU$399 (price increase for larger size or LTE connectivity), while the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic starts at $349 / £349 / $549, so we might see similar pricing for the next model.
News and Leaks
A first leak suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 could benefit from a battery boost.
SamMobile has found regulatory filings for batteries that are supposedly headed for the next smartwatch, and the Galaxy Watch 5’s battery is reportedly 276mAh (compared to 247mAh in the Galaxy Watch 4), while the Galaxy Watch 5 Classic’s appears to be 397 mAh, compared to 361 mAh in its predecessor.
So these aren’t huge jumps, but they could make a difference. Note that these are apparently the starting battery sizes – if there are multiple watch sizes, we’ll likely see larger batteries in some as well.
More recently, there have been rumors of a Pro version of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 which could increase the battery size to 572mAh. This is bound to have a substantial impact on battery life.
This Pro model could well replace the Classic model in Samsung’s 2022 smartwatch lineup, we’ve heard. Plus, it could ditch the rotating bezel feature at the same time – a change we wouldn’t welcome.
Beyond that, we’ve seen a Samsung patent for a smartwatch with an expandable screen that can expand in size by 40% when a pinch gesture is used. The same patent also shows a camera in the watch.
You can see what it might look like in the images below, but note that patents aren’t always used, and even if this design makes it a wearable one day, we doubt it’ll be ready for the Galaxy in time. Watch 5 .
what we want to see
There are many ways Samsung can improve its wearables, including the following.
1. Much better battery life
We found the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 to have respectable battery life in our tests, but we can’t say the same for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, which mostly didn’t even last a full 24 hours between charges.
So while it should have enough battery to get you through a day, it’s something you’ll need to charge every night – and over time, as the battery starts to degrade, it can not even spend all the waking hours.
That’s really not enough, and even the standard Galaxy Watch 4 only lasts around two days, which is fine but far from exceptional, so we want to see big improvements here for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 range.
2. Full compatibility with more phones
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 line doesn’t work with iPhones at all, unlike previous models, and even if you have an Android phone, if it’s not a Samsung, you’ll be stuck on certain features, such as ECG and blood pressure measurements.
This is hugely disappointing, and while we expect most iPhone users to stick with the Apple Watch, it’s inexcusable to block Android users on features, especially on a laptop that runs Wear OS (an operating system created by Google).
So for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, we want at least full compatibility with all modern Android phones, and ideally we want support for iPhones back as well.
3. Better training controls
We found – particularly in the case of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic – that the workout controls were a little fiddly, particularly the act of pausing workouts. This isn’t a big deal, but it does mean that the time displayed at the end of your workout can be inflated, as a second or more can be lost during a break.
So we want those controls to be redesigned for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, to make it a more compelling fitness device.
4. Slimmer design
Another issue that’s more prevalent on the Classic than the standard Watch 4 is the thickness of the device.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is a chunky wearable and while that might be an aesthetic choice to some degree, we’d like to see its successor slimmed down, as that bulk makes it difficult to wear under tight clothes and potentially uncomfortable in bed.
5. A wider selection of bracelets
Unless you order the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 directly from Samsung, the choices of out-of-the-box straps are very limited, and even from Samsung itself, you’re limited to sports or hybrid options, with no choice of leather. or metal.
It’s worth noting that Samsung uses standard watch straps at least, so you can always swap one out for a third-party option anyway, but then that’s an additional purchase.
So for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 range, we want more stylish choices to join the current sporty mix, and the selection to be wide wherever you buy the watch.