According to leaks, Samsung is working on three smartwatch models for the Galaxy Watch5 generation – their code names are Heart-S, Heart-L and Heart-Pro. As you may imagine, these probably refer to the 40mm and 44mm sizes of a vanilla model plus a Pro model. But no Classic version this time.
Does that mean no rotating bezel? Only the Watch4 Classic had it, the vanilla did not. There was always the hope that the new Galaxy Watch5 Pro model will carry on this style, but leakster Ice Universe just extinguished that hope.
Some previous Samsung watches tried to emulate this hardware feature with the touchscreen, but it never worked quite as well. The rotating bezel did not impact the watch’s waterproofing or durability and was a unique feature in the smartwatch market, so it’s not clear why Samsung would want to remove it.
The rotating bezel was one of the main things that set the Watch4 Classic apart from the vanilla model
We have heard a lot about the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro. It will have a titanium body and sapphire glass, large 572mAh battery, possibly a thermometer and so on. But nothing about a bezel and we were hoping that no news is good news on that front. Alas that may not be the case.
The Watch4 series was announced alongside Samsung’s new foldables last year, this year will likely be the same, ie an early August launch.