Samsung’s second major launch of 2022 is just around the corner. The company is hosting an event on August 10 where we’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 range – and these watches are shaping up to be real highlights of the show.
At this point, we don’t know much about the wearables, assuming the recent leaks we’ve seen are correct, and a massive new leak has just surfaced WinFuture (opens in new tab)consisting of almost a full specification list, along with supposedly official marketing images.
The biggest news in this leaked info is the battery capacities, with the 40mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 apparently sporting a 284mAh battery, the 44mAh model reportedly sporting a 410mAh battery and the 45mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro appears to be getting a whopping 590mAh battery.
These capacities would be higher than the battery capacities of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series and also higher than previous leaks suggested. They’d apparently allow for a 50-hour lifespan on the standard models and up to 80 hours on the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, which would be even better than the three-day lifespan we’d previously heard could pull off.
Other leaked specs include mention of a 1.19-inch 396 x 396 AMOLED display on the 40mm model and a larger 1.36-inch 450 x 450 AMOLED screen on the other two, with all of them three versions sapphire crystal is used for the screen.
They all appear to be wirelessly charged at 10W and all use the Exynos W920 chipset, which we’ve seen previously in the Galaxy Watch 4. This should be coupled with up to 16 GB of memory plus GPS, NFC and – in the case of mobile phone models – an eSIM.
We also have dimensions, with the standard Galaxy Watch 5 models appearing to both be 9.8mm thick, weighing in at 28.7g for the 40mm model and 33.5g for the 44mm model. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, meanwhile, is said to be 10.5mm thick and weigh 46.5g. All the extra weight is likely due to the larger battery.
We’ve included some leaked images of the wearables above – more of these can be seen on WinFuture’s website, but they don’t show much that we haven’t seen before. The key takeaway is that neither model appears to have a rotating bezel, which is a shame. In fact, the Watch 5 Pro looks the same as the standard versions, but apparently has a titanium case.
Also visible on the back of these wearables is a new sensor that the site speculates could be used to measure body temperature.
Finally we have possible prices, with the 40mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 appearing to cost €299, the 44mm model €329 and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro €469. That’s true of the Bluetooth-only models, with the cellular versions apparently costing £40-50 more.
For reference, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 started at €269 for a 40mm model, rose to €299 for a 44mm model, and ranged from €369 to €399 for the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, depending on size.
So the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 range is apparently getting more expensive. Price conversions are never accurate, but if those euro prices are correct, you can expect to pay a little more than the $249.99 / £249 / AU$399 the Watch 4 started at for a Watch 5, and more than the $349 / £349 / AU$549 than the Watch 4 Classic for the Watch 5 Pro.
Analysis: Even with these prices, the Galaxy Watch 5 range could beat the Apple Watch 8
The Galaxy Watch line is usually the Apple Watch’s main competitor, and this year it could make for even tougher competition than usual.
While we don’t know anything for sure about either the Watch 5 or the Apple Watch 8, leaks suggest that Apple’s upcoming wearable will be at least as expensive, even factoring in the alleged price increases for Samsung’s watches mentioned above.
With Samsung’s wearables potentially offering drastically improved battery life, they could let the Apple Watch 8 beat it in that department; and barring a possible new Apple Watch 8 Rugged Edition, it doesn’t sound like Apple’s upcoming wearables will offer too many upgrades. They might have a body temperature sensor, but Samsung’s watches could do that too.
As always, the choice mostly comes down to your preferred operating system – and if you have an Android phone, the Apple Watch 8 isn’t an option at all. But just looking at the rumored specs and prices, it’s likely that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 range will match or surpass the best of Apple’s watches.
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