Samsung’s second big launch of 2022 is approaching, with the company holding an event on August 10 where we expect to see the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 line – and these watches are shaping up to be the highlight of the show.
At this point, there’s not much we don’t know about wearables, assuming the latest leaks we’ve seen are accurate, and a massive new leak just surfaced. WinFuture (Opens in a new tab)which consists of a nearly complete specifications list, as well as official marketing images supposedly.
The biggest news in this leaked information is the battery capacity, the 40mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 appears to have a 284mAh battery, the 44mAh model is said to have a 410mAh battery, and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 appears to have a 410mAh battery. The 45mm Pro gets a massive 590mAh battery.
These capacities will be higher than those of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 line, and also higher than what previous leaks suggested. It will obviously allow 50 hours of life on the standard models and up to 80 hours in the case of the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, which will be even better than the three days of life we previously heard it could manage.
Other leaked specs include mention of a 1.19-inch 396 x 396 AMOLED screen on the 40mm model and a larger 1.36-inch 450 x 450 AMOLED screen on the other two, with sapphire glass being used for the screen on all three versions.
They all seem to charge wirelessly at 10W, and they all use the Exynos W920 chipset that we’ve seen earlier in the Galaxy Watch 4. This is said to be paired with 16GB of storage, plus GPS, NFC, and – in this case, cellular models – eSIM.
We have dimensions too, as the standard Galaxy Watch 5 appears to be 9.8mm thick, weighing in at 28.7g for the 40mm model and 33.5g for the 44mm model. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is said to be 10.5mm thick and 46.5g. All of that extra weight is likely due to the larger battery.
We’ve included some leaked images of the wearable above – more of them can be seen on the WinFuture website, but they don’t show much we haven’t seen before. The main takeaway is that none of the models seem to have a rotating bezel, which is a shame. In fact, the Watch 5 Pro looks quite similar to the standard versions, but it appears to have a titanium body.
There’s also a new sensor visible on the back of these wearables, which the site speculates might be for measuring body temperature.
Finally, we have potential prices, as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 40mm appears to cost €299, the 44mm model costs €329, and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro sells for €469. This is for Bluetooth models only, as cellular versions seem to cost an extra 40-50 euros.
For reference, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 started at €269 for the 40mm model, went up to €299 for the 44mm model, and between €369 and €399 for the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, depending on the size.
So it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 line will be more expensive. Price conversions are never accurate, but if those Euro prices are accurate, you can expect to pay a little more than the $249.99 / £249 / AU$399 that the Watch 4 for Watch 5 started with, and more than the $349 / £349/£549 AUD for the Watch 4 Classic that started on the Watch 5 Pro.
Analysis: Even with these prices, the Galaxy Watch 5 line could outperform the Apple Watch 8
The Galaxy Watch line is usually the main competitor to the Apple Watch, and this year could offer tougher-than-usual competition.
While we don’t know anything for sure about the Watch 5 or the Apple Watch 8 yet, leaks suggest that Apple’s upcoming wearable phone will be at least expensive, even considering the high prices of the aforementioned Samsung watches.
With Samsung wearables that can offer significantly improved battery life, the Apple Watch 8 can excel in this department; Aside from a possible new Apple Watch 8 Rugged Edition, it doesn’t look like Apple’s upcoming wearables will offer much in the way of upgrades. They may have a body temperature sensor, but then they may have Samsung watches.
The choice will as always depend on your preferred operating system – and if you have an Android phone, the Apple Watch 8 will not be an option at all. But just by looking at the rumored specs and pricing, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 line is likely to match or even surpass the best Apple watches.