Samsung Galaxy Watch 5: News, Price, Release Date, and Specs

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Galaxy Watch 5

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A new smartwatch from Samsung arrives in 2022. Below is everything we know about the Galaxy Watch 5, including when it will launch, how much it costs, what it looks like, and its features and improvements over last year's version.

When Will the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Be Released?

Samsung is like most tech companies with annual product line updates: they're typically consistent up to the month each year. Historically, the Galaxy Watch releases in the fall.

Forbes, in 2021, reported that Samsung "apparently plans to release the new watch in "Q3-Q4" of next year. Of course, this was verified on August 10 at the Samsung Unpacked event.

The watch can be pre-ordered now (see below), and will arrive on August 26, along with the Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 phones.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Price

There are discounts if you have a trade-in, otherwise, these are the prices at launch:

Galaxy Watch 5

  • 40mm Bluetooth: $240
  • 40mm LTE: $290
  • 44mm Bluetooth: $270
  • 44mm LTE: $320

Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

  • 45mm Bluetooth: $370
  • 45mm LTE: $420

For comparison, two versions of the Galaxy Watch 4 were available in two sizes. It launched at $249.99 for the smallest wearable, with other options priced up to $200 more for the largest Classic edition with LTE.

Pre-Order Information

Galaxy Watch 5 Pro pre-orders began on August 10. Visit that same page for the regular model.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Features

One early idea was that this would be the first Galaxy Watch with a rollable display. You read that right: a screen you can roll out to make it larger!

How do we know this? Beyond seeming like a natural addition to Samsung's other extendable-display devices, there are patents to back it up, which even describe a camera in the center. It wasn't ready for this year's watch, and we won't know for sure until we uncover some reliable leaks if it'll ever be real. For now, this news (details below) is just for fun, so stay tuned for updates.

What did come to the 2022 Galaxy Watch are things typical for any next-gen wearable, like better battery life, improved physical design, and new straps. It would also be nice to see wider compatibility—opening the phone up for full use with non-Samsung devices would undoubtedly be appreciated by iPhone and other Android users.

Only the Pro variant has route workout, but all versions include sleep tracking. This lets you plan your bedtime and can detect snoring and understand and track sleep stages (e.g., light sleep or REM).

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 sleep score

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The BioActive sensor in the watch controls three health sensors: Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis sensor for things like body fat percentage and skeletal muscle weight, Electrical Heart sensor for real-time ECG tracking to check for irregular rhythm, and Optical Heart Rate sensor to track cardiovascular health and detect unusual heart rates.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Specs and Hardware

There are three variants: 40mm, 44mm, and 45mm versions, with the latter/larger adopting the "Pro" name. The two smaller versions come in Silver, Gray, Gold, and Blue, depending on the one you get; the Watch 5 Pro comes in Gray Titanium and Black Titanium.

The face uses Samsung's first sapphire crystal glass display (versus Corning Gorilla Glass in the Watch 4). The 40mm and 44mm watches are made of Armor Aluminum, while titanium is used for the Watch 5 Pro.

Here are the rated capacities of each version: 573mAh for Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, 398 mAh for the larger watch, and 276 mAh for the smaller version. According to Samsung, it takes about half an hour to charge from dead to 45 percent, due to the bigger battery and fast charging. For the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, you can expect up to 80 hours of use (20 hours with GPS enabled) on a single charge.

We mentioned a rollable display above. Obviously, this isn't ready for the Galaxy Watch just yet, but if it ever does happen, the screen could be extendable up to 40 percent. But we don't know its size in the compact/standard position.

LetsGoDigital's analysis of the patent shows you'll be able to manage the roll effect by pressing the crown on the side of the watch or by swiping on the screen. Also apparent from the patent illustrations is a camera that will presumably let you take photos and videos directly from the watch and possibly allow for face unlock for increased security.

Samsung filed that patent in late 2021, so it's definitely for a future device, like the Galaxy Watch 6 or something the company is just beginning to dream up. This same is true for this patent LetsGoDigital details of another rollable design, supporting rotation, and a larger overall display. Essentially, it looks like a phone for your wrist.

When fully extended, the screen is twice as large as in the most compact position. Where 12 icons can be displayed as standard, this is 24 in the expanded position - this can be deduced from the patent illustrations.
Samsung watch patent with rollable display

See this PDF of the patent for all the images. LetsGoDigital admits this patent details a watch unlikely to be released in 2022, let alone anytime in the next few years.

Remember, it's common for companies to have patents for products that never see the light of day or won't come out for years after the approval date.

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