Samsung Galaxy Watch5 series launched: Smartwatches that know you inside out

The Samsung Galaxy Watch series is one of the most popular smartwatch lineups available in the market right now. Starting back from the original Galaxy Gear watch back in 2013, to today, this series has come a long way. With the introduction of the Galaxy Watch4 series last year with Google’s WearOS, this smartwatch series has now developed a bigger fanbase than ever. And, this year, Samsung is back with the all-new Galaxy Watch5 series, with significant improvements, and new features to improve your everyday wearable experience. So, without further delay, let’s jump directly into the new features introduced by the Watch5 series!

New Advanced Sleep Tracking Programmes – Time to sleep well!

Most of us find it difficult to develop a proper sleep routine these days due to odd work hours or occasional binge sessions that end up going into the wee hours of the night. If you fall in this category, don’t worry, the Galaxy Watch5 series has a built-in Advanced Sleep Coaching programme that guides you towards a better sleeping routine. It is a 4-5 week programme that includes missions, checklists, and regular sleep reports. Essentially, the smartwatch first records your sleeping patterns and then assigns you a sleep animal symbol. For example, you may be as calm as an unconcerned Lion, or as restless as an Alligator on the hunt.

The watch also has Snore Detection, so it will record the moments when you snore and measure your blood oxygen at that moment so you can get a better idea regarding your snoring habits and figure out whether these habits should concern you or not.

Precise Body Composition Monitoring – Accuracy is the key

The Galaxy Watch5 series provides in-depth health monitoring, which offers users the information they need to help them along their health and wellness journey. These watches are equipped with the brand’s unique BioActive Sensor, which uses a single chip that combines three powerful health sensors — Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart Signal, and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA), to deliver extensive readings that include heart rate, blood oxygen level, and even stress level.

With an increased surface area and more direct contact with your wrist, the Galaxy Watch5 series tracks health metrics more accurately than previous models in the series. There is also a new temperature sensor, which uses infrared technology for more accurate readings, even if the temperature of your surroundings changes.

The Body Composition measurement tool provides a complete snapshot of your overall health, providing you with a tailored approach to set goals, with guidance through personalised workouts and progress tracking.

Durability and Design – Built to last and impress

The Galaxy Watch5 has a familiar design to the last year’s Galaxy Watch4, with an Armor Aluminum frame, and a new Sapphire Crystal glass on the front which will help in resisting scratches and protects from daily abuse. It is both 5ATM certified and IP68 water resistant, so you can track even your swimming workouts without worrying about the smartwatch. It is also MIL-STD 810H certified, so even if you drop your watch by mistake, you can rest assured that it will be just fine.

The Galaxy Watch5 will be available in two sizes with several strap colour options: The 40mm will be available with Graphite, Pink Gold, and Bora Purple strap colours, whereas the 44mm version will be available with straps in Graphite, Sapphire, and White colour options.

The Galaxy Watch5 Pro, on the other hand, has an all-new titanium frame which gives it a more rugged look and feel, along with enhanced durability compared to the Galaxy Watch5. There is an all-new magnetic D-Buckle strap, which is easily adjustable and easier to put on and off. It is available in a single 45mm variant with two colour options: Black Titanium and Gray Titanium.

Battery Life – Longer than ever

The Galaxy Watch5 has a bigger battery and faster charging. The batteries are around 15 percent bigger than the Watch4, with fast charging support that will get you a whopping 45 percent of battery life in just 30 minutes. The Watch also supports wireless charging, so if you ever forget your charger, you can charge using your phone that supports reverse wireless charging.

The Watch5 Pro, on the other hand, has a massive 590mAh battery, which will give you around 80 hours on a single charge. With this kind of backup, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro is a perfect companion for those who go hiking, cycling, and other fitness activities.

Software – Refined experience all-around

The Galaxy Watch5 series runs on OneUI 4.5, based on WearOS. Ever since its introduction with the Galaxy Watch4 series, WearOS has completely changed the way we interact with our smartwatches. With apps from Google Play and support for third-party apps such as Strava, Spotify, and YouTube Music, with WearOS, you can leave your smartphone at home while working out. Using Google Assistant, you can also get more things done without much effort. All you have to say is “Hey Google”.

Apart from this, you can control your camera, find your misplaced smartphone, and perform calls without the presence of your smartphone (Samsung devices only).

Galaxy Watch5 specifications

Now that we’ve covered all the features of the Galaxy Watch5 series, let’s dive into the spec sheet of the Galaxy Watch5:

Specifications

Galaxy Watch5

Processor

Exynos W920 (dual-core, 5nm process)

RAM

1.5GB

Internal Storage

16GB

Display

1.36-inch AMOLED display with 330ppi density (44mm model)

1.19-inch AMOLED display with 330ppi. density (40mm model)

Display protection

Sapphire Crystal glass with Mohs hardness level 8

Battery capacity

284mAh (40mm model)

410mAh (44mm model)

Connectivity

Bluetooth 5.2/Wi-Fi (both 2.4 and 5Ghz)/GPS/NFC/LTE

Durability

5ATM/ IP68/ MIL-STD 810H certified

Armor Aluminium frame

Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro: For the outdoor enthusiasts

The Galaxy Watch5 Pro is a step up from the Galaxy Watch5. With its rugged design and massive battery, this watch is perfect for those who enjoy long hikes and don’t want to constantly fiddle around with their smartphone wondering which trail to go with. Here are some specifications of the Galaxy Watch5 Pro:

Specifications

Galaxy Watch5 Pro

Processor

Exynos W920 (dual-core, 5nm process)

RAM

1.5GB

Internal Storage

16GB

Display

1.4-inch AMOLED display with 330ppi density

Display Protection

Sapphire Crystal Glass ( Mohs hardness level 9)

Battery Capacity

590 mAh

Connectivity

Bluetooth 5.2/WiFi (both 2.4 and 5Ghz)/GPS/NFC/LTE

Durability

5ATM/ IP68/ MIL-STD 810H certified

Titanium frame

Outdoor Features

1. Route Target: If you are planning for a random hike on a mountain, but you don’t have the exact route available on Maps, don’t worry. The Galaxy Watch5 Pro supports GPX file format, so you can import your pre-set route directly on your watch and begin the hike without any hassle.

2. Turn-by-turn Navigation: Once you begin your hike, you don’t have to constantly check your watch to find out the next turn. The Watch5 Pro will vibrate and a voice assistant will guide you, so you can keep track of your surroundings to avoid any unexpected obstacles.

3. Track back: Once you’ve completed your hike, now how to get back? Well, the Track back feature will guide you on your way back home, to the point where you started.

Conclusion

The Galaxy Watch5 series watches are indeed a solid step-up from their predecessor models from last year. From a slimmer design to new features such as Advanced Sleep Tracking, the Galaxy Watch5 is more complete than ever, making sure this is the only watch you will need.

And if you’re feeling adventurous, you might want to opt for the Watch5 Pro, which has enough battery to go for days and is tough enough to withstand most of the abuse you may endure with during cycling and hiking.