Samsung Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro review
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Introduction and specifications
Samsung took a bold step last year by ditching its own Tizen OS for watches and moving to Google’s Wear OS with its own One UI skin on top. The gamble was big, but it seems to be paying off because the appetite for Galaxy smartwatches has remained steady. And you get significantly better integration with your Android smartphone.
This year, the company made another bold move – removing the rotating bezel from the Classic model and renaming it the Pro. Now the selection consists of Galaxy Watch5 and Watc5 Pro. There is still the virtual frame control, but the physical one will be missed.
|Galaxy Watch5 Pro||Galaxy Watch 5|
|Body||Titanium body, 45 mm diameter||Aluminum housing, 40 mm or 44 mm diameter|
|Barley||Sapphire glass front glass, MIL-STD-810H compliant, 50m water resistant (IP68), 20mm straps|
|Screen||1.40″ Super AMOLED, 450x450px resolution, 9:9 aspect ratio, 321ppi|
|Chipset||Exynos W920 (5 nm): Dual-core 1.18 GHz Cortex-A55; Mali-G68.|
|Memory||16 GB 1.5 GB RAM|
|Sensors||ECG certified, blood pressure monitor, accelerometer, gyro, heart rate, barometer|
|OS/Software||Android Wear OS 3.5, One UI Watch 4.5|
|Battery||590mAh||410mAh for the 44mm model and 284mAh for the 40mm model|
|Various||Qi wireless charging 10W, NFC, Samsung Pay, speaker and microphone for calls, virtual rotating frame|
In terms of hardware, there are few changes in place, but they are more than welcome. The Pro model has almost double the battery capacity of its direct predecessor, now 590 mAh. The Vanilla Watch5 also gets a bigger battery, but the upgrade is relatively modest – 410 mAh from 361 mAh – at least in terms of 44mm.
Another upgrade worth noting is that the new Watch5 series has a sapphire crystal that protects the screen, and the Watch5 Pro takes it a step further with a titanium body.
As for the rest of the hardware, it’s largely identical, as all four watches run on the same Exynos W920 platform, use the same 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 450 x 450px resolution, and have the same set of sensors . This also includes the EKG monitor and blood pressure monitor. The Watch5 Pro also has a body temperature sensor as a bonus, which can be useful these days.
Although small, these changes can affect the user experience quite a bit, so we’ll dive deeper into the Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro features in the following pages.
Unboxing the Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro
We have both the Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro. The former came in the 40mm variant, while the latter is only available in the 45mm option. This means that the Watch5 Pro came in a slightly larger box compared to the Watch5, but the contents were largely identical.
Both watches come with the usual set of user manuals along with a magnetic wireless charging cable. This time, however, the cable ends with a USB-C connector instead of USB-A, which is a welcome change as more and more charging pads work with USB-C cables. Samsung’s higher-end Galaxy phones have used PD USB-C connectors for a while now, so it makes sense.