Introduction and details
Samsung took a bold step last year by ditching its own Tizen operating system for hours and moving to its own One UI skin for Google Wear OS. The bet was big, but it seems to have paid off as appetite for Galaxy smartwatches remains strong. And you get better integration with your Android smartphone.
This year, the company took another bold step – it removed the rotating bezel from the Classic model and renamed it Pro. Now, the lineup includes the Galaxy Watch5 and Watc5 Pro. There’s still a virtual bezel controller, but the physical one is missed.
|Galaxy Watch5 Pro
|Titanium body, 45mm diameter
|Aluminum body, 40 mm or 44 mm diameter
|Sapphire crystal front glass, MIL-STD-810H compliant, 50m water resistant (IP68), 20mm strap
|1.40 inch Super AMOLED, 450x450px resolution, 9:9 aspect ratio, 321 ppi
|Exynos W920 (5 nm): dual-core 1.18 GHz Cortex-A55; Mali-G68.
|16GB 1.5GB RAM
|ECG verified, blood pressure monitor, accelerometer, gyro, heart rate, barometer
|Android Wear OS 3.5, One UI Watch 4.5
|410mAh for the 44mm model and 284mAh for the 40mm model
|Qi wireless charging 10W, NFC, Samsung Pay, speaker and mic for calls, virtual swivel
Hardware wise, there are few changes in place, but they are welcome. The Pro model’s battery capacity is nearly double that of its direct predecessor, now at 590 mAh. The vanilla Watch5 also gets a bigger battery, but the upgrade is relatively modest – 410 mAh from 361 mAh – at least up to 44mm.
Another upgrade worth noting is that the new Watch5 series has a sapphire crystal protecting the display, while the Watch5 Pro goes a step further with a titanium body.
As for the rest of the hardware, it’s pretty much the same as all four watches run on the same Exynos W920 platform, have the same 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 450 x 450 pixel resolution, and the same set of sensors. This includes ECG monitoring and blood pressure monitoring. The Watch5 Pro has a body temperature sensor as a bonus, which can come in handy these days.
Although minor, these changes may affect the user experience quite a bit, so we’ll dive deeper into the capabilities of the Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro in the following pages.
Unboxing the Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro
We have both the Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro. The former comes in a 40mm variant, while the latter is only available in a 45mm option. This meant that the Watch5 Pro came in a slightly larger box compared to the Watch5, but the contents were pretty much the same.
Galaxy Watch5 Pro and Watch5 unboxing
Both watches have the usual set of user manuals along with a magnetic wireless charging cable. This time, however, the cable ends in a USB-C connector instead of USB-A, and that’s a welcome change, as more and more charging bricks work with USB-C cables. Samsung’s high-end Galaxy phones have been using the PD USB-C connector, so it makes sense.